Donate a prize for the 2020 Competition

Be part of the next competition with us

From hundreds of expected applications, 32 competitors will be once again selected by an international jury to compete for cash prizes totalling over $200,000.

The Competition welcomes individuals and businesses who would like to contribute to the Sydney International Piano Competition, a globally significant Australian event, by donating a cash prize. Prizes carry acknowledgement of their donors and provide the opportunity for the donor to present their prize on stage at the Sydney Town Hall during the award giving ceremony on Saturday 25 July 2020.

Australia has proudly produced some of the world’s greatest pianists and we have welcomed pianists from other parts of the world who have contributed to Australian pianism. The prizes continue in 2020 to be named in honour of significant and influential Australian pianists: eg the Ernest Hutcheson First Prize, the Percy Grainger Second Prize or the Eileen Joyce Concerto prize. The People’s Choice Prize is named after Rex Hobcroft AM who founded the competition with Claire Dan AM, OBE in 1977.

Please contact Miranda Davis, Development and Philanthropy Director to discuss donating a prize to the 2020 Competition.

Development and Philanthropy Director 
Phone: +61 2 9241 3291

Donate a prize

2020 Competition Prizes

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

Donated by
Ernest Hutcheson First Prize Friends of The Sydney  $50,000
Percy Grainger Second Prize Loz Copley $25,000
George Frederick Boyle Third Prize  Donate this prize or be part of a syndicate $20,000
William Murdoch Fourth Prize  Donate this prize or be part of a syndicate $15,000
Arthur Benjamin Fifth Prize Rosalind Carlson OAM $10,000
Noel Mewton-Wood Sixth Prize Ron, Lynn and Marcus Ogden $7,500
Eileen Joyce Best Overall Concerto Sydney Symphony Orchestra $5,000
Roy Agnew Best Concerto with String Orchestra Drs Keith and Eileen Ong $3,000
Miriam Hyde Best Concerto with Symphony Orchestra Janice Tuynman in memory of her husband Hank Tuynman $3,000
Hephzibah Menuhin Best Sonata with Violin and Piano David and Jan Robinson $3,000
Geoffrey Parsons Best Sonata with Cello and Piano Minnie Biggs $3,000
Roger Smalley Best Preliminaries Round 1 Recital The Council of the Friends of The Sydney $3,000
Una Bourne Best Accompanist Prize Virginia Braden OAM $3,000
Isador Goodman Best Preliminaries Round 2 Recital Victorian Friends of the Competition $3,000
Ignaz Friedman Best Semi-Finals Recital Dr Robert Mitchell in memory of Denis Condon $3,000
Geoffrey Tozer Most Promising Pianist not Proceeding to the Finals Joan Adler $5,000
Nancy Weir Best Australian Pianist Youth Music Foundation Australia $20,000
Malcolm Williamson Best Performance of an Australian Piece Dr Robert Mitchell in memory of Denis Condon $5,000
Rex Hobcroft People’s Choice Prize  Yamaha $10,000
Edward Goll Best Performance of a work by Liszt Bequest from Neville Grace $5,000
Lance Dossor Best Performance of a work by Beethoven Bequest from Mrs Jana Chvojka $5,000
$1000 prize for each of the six semi-finalists not proceeding to the finals Mrs Wendy Weight OAM $6,000

Additional Prizes

Additional prizes and engagements will be added here as they are confirmed

The First Prize Winner will have the following engagements:

A concerto engagement with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
A recital offered by Judith Neilson at the Phoenix Theatre, Sydney – Sunday 2 or 9 August 2020
A performance in Konzerte im Thümer-saal (Theaterzentrum der Folkwang Universität der Künste, Bochum)
A concert in the Drogheda Classical Music Series, Ireland

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

Medal Given to the Youngest and Most Promising Competitor donated by Graham Wickes in memory of Australian pianist Dennis Hennig
A recital for the winner of the Best Australian Prize in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at Melbourne Recital Centre plus a performance fee of $1,000 presented by Hoang Pham – winner of the 2008 Best Australian Prize
A recital for the winner of the Best Australian Prize offered by Judith Neilson at the Phoenix Theatre, Sydney – October 2020
A recital for other selected prize winners offered by Judith Neilson at the Phoenix Theatre, Sydney – 2021 & 2022