The Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia is a music competition, presented by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in association with the University of Sydney and broadcast live throughout Australia. It is held every four years, over a three-week period in July-August It was established in July 1977 by Claire Dan, andadmitted as a member of the Federation of International Music Competitions in 1978. The Artistic Director and Chairman of Jurors since its inception has been Warren Thomson.
A total of 36 pianists are selected to participate in the competition. Worldwide auditions are held to select the 36 entrants, who must be aged between 17 and 30.
Traditionally, the previous winner presents a Gala Opening Recital.
The competition proper consists of five stages. All 36 competitors appear in the first two stages, which each involve a 20-minute solo recital. After this the best 20 are chosen to proceed to the third stage, a 40-minute recital. Twelve pianists are selected to proceed to the fourth stage, a 50-minute recital and participation in a chamber work. ... Read More