Sydney International Piano Competition 2023 Calls For Entries

The Sydney International Piano Competition (The Sydney) will be held from 5-22 July, 2023 and is calling for applications from around the world.

This prestigious triennial competition will see 32 of the world’s finest pianists travelling to Australia to vie for top performance honours at the Sydney Opera House and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to win a raft of coveted prizes.

Over $200,000 in cash prizes is on offer for winners, as well as international concert engagements, CD recordings and career mentoring. Pianists from all nationalities, born between 23 July 1991 and 6 July 2005 are encouraged to apply with video entries consisting of a single unedited recording between 20 minutes and 35 minutes, including solo piano works by at least three composers.

The 2021 competition, which pivoted to an online format due to Covid, attracted pianists from more than 12 countries including China, Russia, Ukraine, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Canada, Uzbekistan, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Italy and Hungary. Ukrainian/Italian born pianist Alexander Gadjiev scooped first prize with a stunning display of virtuosic skill, stealing the show and garnering almost half of all the prizes available.

Under Artistic Director of The Sydney, Piers Lane AO, the 2023 competition will again consist of three rounds, the Preliminaries, Semi-Finals, and Finals, culminating in performances at the Sydney Opera House, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The competition is expected to attract over 280 applicants, narrowed down to 32 by a panel of pre-eminent international judges.

Applications close Monday 14 November 2022. 

Full competitor rules and regulations, prizes and how to apply on The Sydney website.

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