The Sydney International Piano Competition has announced that composer/pianist Colin Spiers has won its new competition for Australian composers, Composing the Future.
Selected from a field of 94 applicants, Spiers won the $20,000 prize purse with his surrealistically inspired four-movement piece Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The prize-winning composition will receive its world premiere when Italian/Slovenian pianist Alexander Gadjiev, the winner of the 2021 Sydney International Online Piano Competition performs it during his national tour in October and November this year.
The jury of eminent Australian pianists, Tamara Anna Cislowska, Kristian Chong, Daniel de Borah, Bernadette Harvey and Ian Munro, chaired by The Sydney’s Artistic Director, Piers Lane AO, adjudicated the pieces anonymously. Five other entries were awarded cash prizes of $2,000 each and will be given public performances by the jury pianists during 2022, to mark the 45th anniversary of The Sydney.
They are :
Journey to Sydney – Snapshots of an Uncommon Childhood composer Martin Lass (pianist Ian Munro)
Tiny Forests composer Sam Wu (pianist Tamara Anna Cislowska)
Six Preludes – For a Pandemic composer Aristea Mellos (pianist Daniel de Borah)
Ice Monuments composer Tristan Coelho (pianist Kristian Chong)
Sonata: Ode composer Peggy Polias (pianist Bernadette Harvey).