CIT CSM student Jordan Bagot wins first prize in Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe

16 February, 2017

Jordan Bagot, piano, was awarded the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Award of €2,000, following the finals held at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

Two of the three finalists, who were selected by an independent panel in the UK, are currently students of the CIT Cork School of Music. Both Ellen Jansson, currently in year 3 of the Bachelor of Music programme, and Jordan Bagot, who is studying on the Taught MA in Performance programme, performed beautifully and represented the institution with great honour.

Yamaha, one of the world‘s largest manufacturers of musical instruments, established the Yamaha Music Foundation (YMF) in Tokyo in 1966. The purpose of this foundation is to stimulate interest in the playing and enjoyment of music amongst people from all over the world. The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe (YMFE) is a European non-profit making charity that – above all – is dedicated to supporting talented music students in Europe.


Jordan Bagot, aged twenty-two years, completed his studies as the highest-placed final year student of the Bachelor of Music programme in the CIT Cork School of Music [CSM], and is currently in his final year of the Taught MA in Performance in CSM, studying piano with Mary Beattie and Dr Gabriela Mayer.

He has received masterclasses from renowned pianists such as Barry Douglas, John Lill, Pavel Nersessian, Finghin Collins, Pierre Goy, Ewa Poblocka, Sergey Schepkin, Jean-Bernard Pommelier and Jan Kadlubiski.  As a soloist, he has been successful in various competitions, including the Prizewinners’ Perpetual Piano Trophy at Feis Maitiú 2013 and 2016, the John A. Pigott Cup at Feis Ceoil 2015, and was the highest-placed pianist twice in both the 2013 and 2016 CSM Advanced Recital Competitions. Jordan was awarded the Brennan Prize for the most promising musician in the 2015 Irish Freemasons’ Young Musician of the Year competition, and was a finalist in the subsequent year. He took part in the RDS Rising Stars concert series in May 2016 as soloist and has been invited to participate in the first Rising Star Concert at the University of Limerick in 2017.

As a chamber musician, Jordan enjoys playing piano duets, winning first place in both the Senior Pianoforte Duo Competition at Feis Ceoil 2015, and the CSM Vanbrugh Chamber Music Competition 2015. Jordan and his duet partner, Denise Crowley, were also invited to take part in the KBC Great Music in Irish Houses, where four ensembles take part in a five-day series of master-classes in Dublin. They were also invited to play in a ’Rising Stars’ concert in Ballymaloe House and the RDS last November. Jordan also recorded C.S.L Parker’s 3 Books of Miniatures for piano duo with the composer last summer.

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