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About the 2016 Competition

Applications have closed

Introduction

The next Sydney International Piano Competition will take place between 6th and 23rd July 2016. The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities aged 18 or over on 6th July 2016 and under the age of 33 on 23rd July 2016.

Application process

Applications have now closed with the final closing date for late applications being 20 December 2015.

Our website will progressively be updated to provide further details of prizes offered and jury members.

It provided an online application facility requiring the uploading of an application video via YouTube or Vimeo. Applicants in countries where this may be impossible may send a DVD to the Secretariat.

The preliminaries

The preliminaries will consist of two rounds and 12 competitors will be selected to advance to the semi-finals.

Round 1: 20-minute recital

The repertoire is Own Choice but should contain pieces by at least two composers.

Round 2: 30-minute recital

The repertoire is Own Choice but should contain pieces by at least two composers.

Notes about the repertoire for the preliminaries

Round 2 should contain different composers from Round 1.

An Australian piece, of any length or period, should be included in either Round 1 or Round 2.

See Rules and Regulations.

The semi-finals

The semi-finals will consist of two rounds and six competitors will be chosen to advance to the Finals.

Round 1: 65-minute recital

The repertoire is Own Choice and should consist of two or more pieces. The recital should not be shorter than 60 minutes in length, but must not exceed 65 minutes. A short encore may be included if you feel it is appropriate, but the overall timing of the recital should still be 65 minutes or under. Any encores should be announced from the stage.

Round 2: Accompaniment / Chamber Music

Competitors are required to prepare a sonata for violin and piano from the following list AND ALSO a Piano Quintet from the following list. When the semi-finalists are announced, they will be advised whether they will perform the Violin Sonata OR the Piano Quintet.

Six semi-finalists will perform one of the following Sonatas for Violin and Piano:
Composer Piece
Beethoven Sonata No 9 Op 47 (‘Kreutzer’)
Brahms Sonata No 3 in D minor Op 108
Fauré Sonata No 1 in A major Op 13
Franck Sonata in A major
Strauss Sonata in E flat major Op 18
Six semi-finalists will perform one of the following Piano Quintets:
Composer Piece
Bloch Piano Quintet No 1 (1923)
Dvořák Piano Quintet No 2 in A major Op 81
Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor Op 84
Franck Piano Quintet in F minor
Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat major Op 44
Taneyev Piano Quintet in G minor Op 30

The Finals

The Finals will consist of two Rounds:

Round 1: An 18th Century Concerto

The concerto will be performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Benjamin Northey in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

One concerto to be chosen from the following list:
Composer Piece
Bach Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
Beethoven Concerto No 1 in C major Op 15
Beethoven Concerto No 2 in B flat major Op 19
Haydn Concerto in D major Hob XVIII:11
Mozart Concerto No 9 in E flat major K271
Mozart Concerto No 17 in G major K453
Mozart Concerto No 20 in D minor K466
Mozart Concerto No 21 in C major K467
Mozart Concerto No 23 in A major K488
Mozart Concerto No 24 in C minor K491
Mozart Concerto No 25 in C major K503
Mozart Concerto No 26 in D major K537
Mozart Concerto No 27 in B flat major K595

Round 2: A 19th or 20th century Concerto

The concerto will be performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas Milton in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

One concerto to be chosen from the following list:
Composer Piece
Barber Concerto Op 38
Bartók Concerto No 3 Sz. 119, BB 127
Beethoven Concerto No 4 in G major Op 58
Brahms Concerto No 2 in B flat major Op 83
Chopin Concerto No 2 in F minor Op 21
Dohnányi Variations on a Nursery Tune Op 25
Franck  Variations Symphoniques M.46
Litolff   Scherzo from Concerto Symphonique No 4.
Gershwin Concerto in F
Grieg Concerto in A minor Op 16
Hummel Concerto No 2 in A minor Op 85
Liszt Concerto No 2 in A major S.125
Medtner Concerto No 2 in C minor Op 50
Prokofiev Concerto No 3 in C major Op 26
Rachmaninoff Concerto No 2 in C minor Op 18
Ravel Concerto in G major
Saint-Saëns Concerto No 2 in G minor Op 22
Schumann Concerto in A minor Op 54
Scriabin Concerto in F sharp minor Op 20
Tchaikovsky Concerto No 2 in G major Op 44 (Revised version)
Williamson Concerto No 3 in E flat major

Important note

If you choose the Franck, you must also play the Scherzo by Litolff