Alice Burla
2021 4th Prize - Supported by Club 32 donor Mick McCormack


5 August 1996


William Murdoch Fourth Prize
Sydney International Piano Competition
Soloist Prize: Jmanuel und Evamaria Schenk Stiftung (Zofingen, Switzerland)
Prizewinner: Migros-Kulturprozent (Zurich, Switzerland)
Prix Collard: Kiefer Hablitzel /Göhner Music Prize (Bern, Switzerland)
Third Prize: Royal Birmingham International Piano Festival Competition (Birmingham, UK)
Third Prize: Concours International de Piano Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Saint-Priest, France)
Second Prize and Critic Prize: Primer Palau Competition/Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona with IndiviDUAL piano duo (Barcelona, Spain)

Alice Burla is currently pursuing her Soloist Master’s degree with Professor Claudio Martínez Mehner in Basel, Switzerland.


Alice has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Teatro la Fenice, Salle Cortot, and the World Economic Forum in Geneva. She has participated in major international festivals in Verbier, Salzburg, Santander, Israel, Poland and Hamamatsu. She has worked with renowned musicians such as Leonidas Kavakos, Richard Goode, Stephen Kovacevich, Ferenc Rados, Dmitri Alexeev, Maxim Vengerov, François Benda and Péter Eötvös, amongst many esteemed others. With Pierre Delignies, Alice co-founded the piano duo IndiviDUAL, a project which has seen them perform to acclaim at Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and at the Royal Concertgebouw as part of the Holland Festival.


In 2018, she made her concert debut with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, performing Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto. Other orchestral engagements include concerts with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, New York Sinfonietta, Donetsk Philharmonic Orchestra and Torun Symphony Orchestra.



This program is put together as a spiritual journey through French music. Although in different musical languages, each of these three composers have a very strong connection to nature and an active spirit expressed through their music.
I felt it important to begin with Bach, as this is music which is extremely balanced (and balancing!) and abundant in all the elements of nature – it is grounded and very human while being expressive, intellectual and highly spiritual.
The French Overture is an amazing example of the French Baroque tradition, with its eloquent use of ornamentation and dances unique to this epoque.
Transitioning into Debussy and Messiaen – these pieces provide a more specifically coloristic writing, combining the senses to highlight individual elements in nature; similarly to the French Overture, each of these works has a very powerful, condensed and clear energy and expressivity in a smaller format, giving us the sensation of travelling through a variety of unique ‘worlds’ through each of the pieces.
The Debussy Préludes dive into the realm of elemental creatures, with the representation of air (“Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses”), water (“Ondine”) and light (“Feux d’artifice”).
I felt that, energetically, Messiaen fit perfectly into this program (and indeed – Messiaen was influenced quite a lot by the French organ tradition as well as by Debussy!)
The “Regard de l’Esprit de joie” is to me the highest expression of joy, combining the forces of sky and earth to the ‘thème de dieu’, ‘thème de joie’ and oriental dances, and I wanted to finish this program with this musical ‘ascension’ into the Spirit…


2021 Competition Performances

Preliminary Round Preliminary Round
Webcast: Online Concert
Friday 9 July 2021, 2.00pm
Semi Final Round Semi Final Round
Webcast: Online Concert
Thursday 15 July 2021, 7.30pm
Final Round Final Round
Webcast: Online Concert
Sunday 18 July 2021, 3.00pm

2021 Competition Repertoire

Preliminary Round

I. Allegro
II. Minuet – Trio
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto

Franz Liszt: Bagatelle sans Tonalité S.216a

I. Darkly

II. Leggiero e legato

III. Gentle


Franz Liszt: Nuages gris S.199

I. Moderato
II. Allegro molto
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Molto tranquillo
V. Comodo
VI. Finale. Allegro


No.1 in B♭ minor

Semi Final Round

I. Overture
II. Courante
III. Gavotte I/II
IV Passepied I/II
V. Sarabande
VI. Bourrée I/II
VII. Gigue
VIII. Echo

IV. Les fées sont d’exquises danseuses
VIII. Ondine

XII.  Minstrels

XII. Feux d’artifice

X. Regard de l’Esprit de Joie

Final Round

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Freie Fantasie in F# minor H.300

I. Allegro Brillante
II. Quasi variazioni. Andantino De Clara Wieck
III. Prestissimo possibile

Hommage à Farkas Ferenc (3) (evocation of Petrushka)
Hommage à Schubert

Les Adieux (in Janácek’s Manner)

I. Nocturne in E♭ minor

I. Allegro energico
II. Allegro vivace e leggiero
III. Adagio mesto
IV. Fuga: Allegro con spirito



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