32 Virtuosos. 1 Passion.
Next Competition July 2020

2020 Competition prizes

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


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