From the competition's press release (which also has bios for the finalists):
Whether setting a mood, negotiating incredibly difficult pianistic writing, or playing the part of an entire orchestra, the role of the accompanist requires a range of skills and, above all, the ability to communicate with a duo partner at the same time.
Each of the finalists chosen to compete for the title of ‘Accompanist of the Year’ and a prize of £1500 has already displayed an ability to work collaboratively with their partners, as well as to play beautifully. The judges for the Preliminary Round were John Humphreys and Simon Nicholls, both of whom teach accompaniment at Birmingham Conservatoire, and pianist Graham Lloyd, Worcester-based pianist, accompanist and teacher.
Update 11/22: According to @YamahaEducUK on Twitter, the first prize in the competition was won by Yshani Perinpanayagam.
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