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Next Competition July 2020

2016 Competition prizes

A total cash prize pool of AU$200,000 is offered

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 Value
Ernest Hutcheson
First Prize
$50,000
Percy Grainger
Second Prize
$25,000
George Frederick Boyle
Third Prize
$20,000
William Murdoch
Fourth Prize
$15,000
Arthur Benjamin
Fifth Prize
$10,000
Noel Mewton-Wood
Sixth Prize
$7,500
Eileen Joyce
Best Overall Concerto
$5,000
Roy Agnew
Best 18th Century Concerto
$3,000
Miriam Hyde
Best 19th or 20th Century Concerto
$3,000
Hephzibah Menuhin
Best Violin and Piano Sonata
$3,000
Geoffrey Parsons
Best Piano Quintet
$3,000
Roger Smalley
Best Preliminaries Round 1 Recital
$3,000
Isador Goodman
Best Preliminaries Round 2 Recital
$3,000
Ignaz Friedman
Best Semi-Finals Recital
$3,000
The Chairman of the Board's Prize
$7,000
Geoffrey Tozer
Most Promising Pianist
$5,000
Nancy Weir
Best Australian Pianist
$10,000
Warren Thomson
Best Performance of an Australian Piece
$5,000
Rex Hobcroft AM
People's Choice Prize
$10,000
Prize for the six semi-finalists not proceeding to the finals
$1,000 for each semi-finalist not proceeding to the finals
$6,000
Ernest Hutcheson
First Prize
$50,000
Percy Grainger
Second Prize
$25,000
George Frederick Boyle
Third Prize
$20,000
William Murdoch
Fourth Prize
$15,000
Arthur Benjamin
Fifth Prize
$10,000
Noel Mewton-Wood
Sixth Prize
$7,500
Eileen Joyce
Best Overall Concerto
$5,000
Roy Agnew
Best 18th Century Concerto
$3,000
Miriam Hyde
Best 19th or 20th Century Concerto
$3,000
Hephzibah Menuhin
Best Violin and Piano Sonata
$3,000
Geoffrey Parsons
Best Piano Quintet
$3,000
Roger Smalley
Best Preliminaries Round 1 Recital
$3,000
Isador Goodman
Best Preliminaries Round 2 Recital
$3,000
Ignaz Friedman
Best Semi-Finals Recital
$3,000
The Chairman of the Board's Prize
$7,000
Geoffrey Tozer
Most Promising Pianist
$5,000
Nancy Weir
Best Australian Pianist
$10,000
Warren Thomson
Best Performance of an Australian Piece
$5,000
Rex Hobcroft AM
People's Choice Prize
$10,000
Prize for the six semi-finalists not proceeding to the finals
$1,000 for each semi-finalist not proceeding to the finals
$6,000

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 
  • 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
  • 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
  • A performance in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville July 2016
  • An engagement at the Bard Music Festival in New York
  • 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.