Robert, William & Florence Amy Brant international pianoforte competition.
As John Barstow, the avuncular chairman of the competition adjudicators said on Saturday evening, the Brant Piano Competition is unique.
For more than 25 years it has been making opportunities for young players and this year the standard was as high as ever, with some superb playing.
Minami Teramoto from Japan was placed third and impressed most with the varied textures and moods of Rachmaninov's Moments Musicaux, especially No 5, a dark and lugubrious barcarolle which unfolded its enormously long melody over a rocking bass figure.
The Russian Mikhail Shilyaev came second with a flamboyant programme that included Chopin's Revolutionary study and Schumann's Carnaval. The range of his playing was remarkable, by turns poetic and then mercurial, but he
was not entirely successful in over-coming the kaleidoscopic nature of the work's construction.
The winner, with three performances of profound depth and subtlety, was the Chinese pianist Meng Yang Pan.
Mozart's last sonata, K 576, had wonderful clear outlines, its contrapuntal lines carefully balanced between the hands. The slow movement was an exquisite quasi-operatic aria with every change of mood and harmonic surprise caught.
The stylish playfulness of the finale did not obscure a firm grasp of its structure.
Next came a restrained and poetic performance of Chopin's first Ballade,followed by an absolute tour de force, Liszt's Rigoletto paraphrase. This was a masterly account in which the music took first place and the jaw-dropping difficulties were disguised to the utmost degree.
The well-delineated differences of levels between Verdi's themes and Liszt's ever more elaborate decoration were wonderfully judged as the 20 year-old Pan brought a thunderous end to an exhilarating performance. We shall be hearing more from this remarkable artist.