Eddy wowed the capacity audience with dazzling performances of Body and Soul by John Green, The Man I Love by Gershwin and Rodgers & Hartís Manhattan.
Jamie Cullum commented: ìHe took my breath away and I realised I still have a lot to learn ñ and this from someone whoís never played on a stage in front of a live audience ñ heís amazing, just amazing.î
Eddy James was stunned by his victory: ìAfter decades of tuning other peoplesí pianos so that they could go out to perform it was a dream come true to play on stage in front of a live audience. I never expected to win and Iím in shock.î
Eddy wins a £10,000 Yamaha voucher.
Sabine Vinck, 35, Director of Finance Programmes at the London Business School won the Classical award and also wins a £10,000 Yamaha voucher.
The Pianist/Yamaha Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs is the only piano competition in the UK for amateurs and will now be an annual event.