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Next Competition July 2020

Notes to 2016 Competitors

Please read these notes carefully before submitting your application

Eligibility

Applications will open on the 1st September 2015 and will close on 1st December 2015.

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.

Admission will be limited to a maximum of thirty two (32) applicants. A selection committee will be responsible for the choice of competitors from the applications received.

Late entries will not be accepted.

Important notes

All solo repertoire and concertos should be performed from memory. It is anticipated that semi-finalists will use the music for the Accompaniment/Chamber Music Round. A page-turner will be provided.

Each solo programme should be chosen as a recital in itself, such as you would present for a public concert, whether it be 20 minutes, 30 minutes or 65 minutes long. Each programme should have its own logic and shape, chosen to highlight the competitor’s range and strengths, while demonstrating a developed understanding of programme- building and communication with an audience. Intelligent programming will be taken into account during pre-selection of competitors. Programmes, once submitted, cannot be changed after 1st December 2015.

Recital repertoire should not include any works for prepared piano.

Overall timings in recital rounds must be adhered to. If competitors exceed the time limit for any round, they will be stopped and may be disqualified.

Repeats may be observed at the competitor’s discretion. Please consider timings when making such decisions.

The Australian piece in the Preliminaries should be published and may be of any period or length. You will find many possibilities through the website of the Australian Music Centre. Australian pieces previously commissioned by SIPCA are listed under Works by Australian Composers.

Composers you might consider

Percy Grainger
1882-1961
Roy Agnew
1891-1944
Frank Hutchens
1892-1965
Arthur Benjamin
1893-1960
Raymond Hanson
1913-1976
Dulcie Holland
1913-2000
Miriam Hyde
1913-2005
Dorian le Gallienne
1915-1963
James Penberthy
1917-1999
Don Banks
1923-1980
Peter Sculthorpe
1929-2014
John Carmichael
1930-
Malcolm Williamson
1931-2003
David Lumsdaine
1931-
Richard Meale
1932-2009
Larry Sitsky
1934-
Nigel Butterley
1935-
Moya Henderson
1941-
Philip Bracanin
1942-
Roger Smalley
1943-
Ross Edwards
1943-
Anne Boyd
1946-
Brenton Broadstock
1952-
Carl Vine
1954-
Andrew Ford
1957-
Elena Kats-Chernin
1957-
Colin Spiers
1957-
Nigel Westlake
1958-
Brett Dean
1961-
Gordon Kerry
1961-
Michael Kieran Harvey
1961-
Ian Munro
1963-
Sunny Chua
1967-
Matthew Hindson
1968-
Nigel Sabin
1960-

Semi-finalists may not repeat any piece played in the Preliminaries.

Applicants who have competed previously in the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia may not submit any piece performed publicly in that Competition.

Competitors may be disqualified if they do not know both concertos from memory for the first rehearsal of each concerto.

Works by Australian Composers

Since its inception, The Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia has required Competitors to perform Australian works as part of their Competition repertoire. The Competition has also commissioned a number of works from some of Australia's most eminent composers. Scores of these commissioned works are available from the Australian Music Centre.

1977 Stage I

Competitors were required to perfrom a published work by an Australian composer written after 1950 OR a work composed after 1950 from the Competitor's own country.

1981 Stage I

Competitors were required to perform one of the following commissioned works:

Nigel Butterley
Uttering Joyous Leaves
Peter Sculthorpe
Mountains
Larry Sitsky
Arch (Fantasia No. 4)
1985 Stage II

Competitors were required to perform one of the following commissioned works:

Graham Hair
Under Aldebaran
Bozidar Kos
Kolo
James Penberthy
Clocks
1988 Stage II

Australia's Bicentenary year. Competitors were required to perform one of the set works by Don Banks, Miriam Hyde, Ross Edwards, Roy Agnew, Raymond Hanson, Richard Meale or Percy Grainger.

1992 Stage II

Competitors were required to perform a work written after 1950 from their own country.

1996 Stage II

Competitors were required to choose an Australian work to perform from the following list:

Carl Vine
Piano Sonata No. 1 (first or second movement)
Nigel Butterley
Uttering Joyous Leaves
2000 Stage III

Competitors were required to perform either Bagatelles 1, 2 and 4 or 1, 2 and 5 (Carl Vine) or one of the commissioned works below:

Peter Sculthorpe
Between Five Bells
Elena Kats-Chernin
Page Turn
2004 Stage III

Competitors were required to perform one of the following commissioned works:

Brenton Broadstock
Tower of Strength (Torre di Forza)
Gordon Kerry
Figured in the Drift of Stars
2008 Stage III

Competitors were required to perform one of the following commissioned works:

Andrew Ford
The Air
Roger Smalley
Morceau de concours
2012 Stage III

Competitors were required to perform one of the following commissioned works:

Anne Boyd
Kabarli Meditation (Dawn)
Carl Vine
Toccatissimo