Celebrating 40 years in 2017
Next Competition July 2020

Tony Lee, 5- 19 November

40th Anniversary National Recital Series



Sydney born pianist Tony Lee is one of the most highly awarded pianists in the country. After completing his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium with Dr. Rickard-Ford he became the first Australian musician to be invited as a soloist in residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium and continues to work with the renowned Portuguese pianist Maria-João Pires whilst completing a Master of Music in Performance at the Barratt-Due Institute in Norway with the German pianist Michael Endres.

Tony is the winner of the Nancy Weir Best Australian Pianist Prize of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition. He has appeared as soloist with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly across Europe, China, USA, New Zealand and Australia.

See Tony Lee's 2016 Competition Profile →

I'm excited to be returning to Australia and thrilled to be presenting recitals in NSW and Vic. The programs will include the music that's closest to my heart and thanks to the Sydney International Piano Competition I'm really glad to share this with Australian audiences. Being awarded the 2016 Nancy Weir Best Australian Pianist prize was a great encouragement and privilege. I'm very much looking forward to the recitals later this year and to the first Spring in Australia for me in some years!

- Tony Lee

  Prizes won

Nancy Weir Best Australian Pianist Prize:
Sydney International Piano Competition (Sydney, Australia 2016)

First Prize:
Australian National Piano Award (Shepparton, Australia 2016)

First Prize:
Norwegian Youth Classical Music Awards "UMM" (Oslo, Norway 2016)

Second Prize:
Keri Keri International Piano Competition (Keri Keri, New Zealand 2016)

First Prize:
National Great Romantics Competition (Melbourne, Australia 2013)

First Prize:
Lev Vlassenko Competition (Brisbane, Australia 2013)

First Prize:
Alexander Scriabin International Piano Competition (Paris, France 2013)

What The Media Say

  • "Lee played with confidence and gusto, his technique assured but also passionate... intelligent and thoughtful interpretation... he offered a beautiful tone across the work. This is a talent to watch." - Suzannah Conway, 4MBS (Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2)

  • "The technical prowess of young Australian pianist Tony Lee were frankly mind blowing... The excitement of the performance was infectious." - Frances Robinson, Middle C (World premiere Gareth Farr Piano Concerto)

  • "Tony Lee showed what a virtuoso he is, he played very beautifully... a very exciting young pianist" - Elizabeth Kerr, Radio New Zealand (Gareth Farr Piano Concerto)



John Adams

China Gates (1977)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata No.32 in C minor Op.111

  1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
  2. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice cantabile

Camille Saint-Saëns/Vladimir Horowitz

Danse Macabre Op.40

Sergei Prokofiev

Piano Sonata No.7 Op.83

  1. Allegro inquieto
  2. Andante caloroso
  3. Precipitato

Upcoming Recitals


Date: Sunday 5 November
Time: 3:00pm
Tickets: On sale soon


Kincoppal Rose Bay
New South Head Road
Rose Bay NSW 2029

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Date: Sunday 12 November


*Private Event

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Portland, VIC

Date: Monday 13 November
Time: 7:30pm


Portland Arts Centre
4 Glenelg St, Portland VIC 3305

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Springwood, Blue Mountains NSW

Date: Sunday 19 November
Time: 2:30pm


Blue Mountains Theatre
106-108 Macquarie Rd, Springwood NSW 2777

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