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2016 Competition prize winners

The prize winners of the Sydney International Piano Competition

PRIZES

Australia has proudly produced some of the world’s greatest pianists and we have welcomed pianists from other parts of the world whose contribution to Australian pianism we like to acknowledge. We honour some of these great pianists in our prize list.

Prize Winner Value

Ernest Hutcheson
First Prize

Gugnin, Andrey

$50,000

Percy Grainger
Second Prize

Tarasevich-Nikolaev, Arseny

$25,000

George Frederick Boyle
Third Prize

Chen, Moye

$20,000

William Murdoch
Fourth Prize

Broberg, Kenneth

$15,000

Arthur Benjamin
Fifth Prize

Shevchenko, Oxana

$10,000

Noel Mewton-Wood
Sixth Prize

Kong, Jianing

$7,500

Eileen Joyce
Best Overall Concerto

Gugnin, Andrey

$5,000

Roy Agnew
Best 18th Century Concerto

Kong, Jianing

$3,000

Miriam Hyde
Best 19th or 20th Century Concerto

Gugnin, Andrey

$3,000

Hephzibah Menuhin
Best Violin and Piano Sonata

Gugnin, Andrey

$3,000

Geoffrey Parsons
Best Piano Quintet

Shevchenko, Oxana

$3,000

Roger Smalley
Best Preliminaries Round 1 Recital

Gugnin, Andrey

$3,000

Isador Goodman
Best Preliminaries Round 2 Recital

Tarasevich-Nikolaev, Arseny

$3,000

Ignaz Friedman
Best Semi-Finals Recital

Kong, Jianing

$3,000

The Chairman of the Board's Prize

Belyavskiy, Sergey

$7,000

Geoffrey Tozer
Most Promising Pianist

Lebhardt, Daniel

$5,000

Nancy Weir
Best Australian Pianist

Lee, Tony

$10,000

Warren Thomson
Best Performance of an Australian Piece

Ha, Gyu Tae

$5,000

Rex Hobcroft AM
People's Choice Prize

Xie, Ming

$10,000

Prize for the six semi-finalists not proceeding to the finals
$1,000 for each semi-finalist not proceeding to the finals

Belyavskiy, Sergey

Ha, Gyu Tae

Lee, Tony

Melnikov, Alexei

Prommachart, Poom

Xie, Ming

$6,000

The AAF Award, offered by the Alink-Argerich Foundation
Awarded to one of the contestants who is not among the main prize winners of the competition

Jurinic, Alyosha

Xie, Ming

EURO 1,500

The Most Promising Competitor
A medal given to the Most Promising Competitor

Xie, Ming

Medal

Jury Discretionary Award

Malmgren, Martin

$1,000

ENGAGEMENTS FOR PRIZE WINNERS

Engagements awarded to the First Prize Winner

The First Prize Winner will have the following engagements:

  • Concert performance with Maestro Valery Gergiev in the 2016/2017 ‘Contemporary Piano Faces’, Mariinsky International Piano Festival, St Petersburg
  • A concert in the series Les Grands Récitals at Les Salons Belle Epoque du West End sur la Promenade des Anglais, a partnership between the City of Nice, the Bluthner Foundation in Leipzig, Le Conseil Communautaire Arménien and the Fondation Scelsi, Rome
  • A debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • A CD recording for Hyperion Records
  • Career development advice and mentoring from Young Classical Artists Trust
  • A performance in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville July 2016 
  • Recitals in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth the fortnight after the Competition
  • An extended Australia-wide tour in 2017
  • Performance with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra
  • Performance with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra
  • Performance in Konzerte im Thürmer-saal (Theaterzentrum der Folkwang Universität der Künste, Bochum)
  • Performance in Pianoforte-Fest Meissen
  • An engagement at the Bard Music Festival in New York State
  • Recital and Chamber Music performance at Newport Festival Rhode Island 2017
  • A performance at the National Helpmann Awards on Monday 25 July, broadcast live via the Foxtel network

Engagements awarded to the winner and/or other finalists

There will be a selection of engagements awarded to the winner and/or other finalists. These will include:

  • Second and Third Prize Winners – a concert performance with Maestro Valery Gergiev in the 2016/2017 ‘Contemporary Piano Faces’, Mariinsky International Piano Festival, St Petersburg
  • A recital date at Wigmore Hall
  • A concerto performance with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Second and Third Prize Winners - a concert in the series Les Grands Récitals at Les Salons Belle Epoque du West End sur la Promenade des Anglais, a partnership between the City of Nice, the Bluthner Foundation in Leipzig, Le Conseil Communautaire Arménien and the Fondation Scelsi, Rome
  • Second and Third Prize Winners - a performance in the Mariinsky International Piano Festival, St Petersburg
  • Best Australian Pianist Prize Tour
  • The AAF Award, offered by the Alink-Argerich Foundation, will be awarded to one of the contestants who is not among the main prize winners of the competition. The award consists of a financial contributioninternational publicity, support and practical assistance for the realisation of a next step in the Award winner’s career.

All engagements are subject to final negotiation between the Prize winners, the Sydney International Piano Competition and/or Presenters and are subject to change.