Sydney International Piano Competition Goes Virtual In 2021

The Sydney International Piano Competition (The Sydney) will go digital in 2021, with 32 competitors from 14 countries vying for top honours in the world-renowned event which will run from 1st to 18th July.

The virtual competition will continue to support and offer opportunities to competitors during these difficult times for musicians worldwide. The Sydney, which generally takes place every four years, will offer its competitors $164,000 in cash prizes, international concert engagements, CD recordings and career mentoring, making it one of the world’s leading competitions of its kind.

The pianists for the 2021 competition include eight from Russia, six from China, three from Ukraine, Japan, and Australia, two from South Korea and Canada, and one competitor each from Uzbekistan, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Italy and Hungary. The competitors range in age from 18 to 32. They are:Calvin Abdiel (AUS/IDN), Ádám Balogh (HUN), Antonii Baryshevskyi (UKR), Sergey Belyavsky (RUS), Alice Burla (CAN), Yangrui Cai (CHN), Dominic Chamot (CHE), Kevin Chow (AUS), Maxwell Foster (AUS), Alexander Gadjiev (ITA/SVN), Maxim Kinasov (RUS), Dinara Klinton (UKR), Anna Geniushene (RUS), Aleksandr Kliuchko (RUS), Ziyu Liu (CHN), Siqian Li (CHN), Philipp Lynov (RUS), Ke Ma (CHN), Alexander Malikov (CAN), Rustam Muradov (RUS), Timur Mustakimov (RUS), Yu Nitahara (JPN), Shion Ota (JPN), Kyoungsun Park (KOR), Alexandra Pavlova (KAZ), Akihiro Sakiya (JPN), Tamila Salimdjanova (UZB), Dmitry Sin (RUS), JunLin Wu (CHN), Ziang Xu (CHN), Artem Yasynksyy (UKR), and Se-Hyeong Yoo (KOR).

The competition will consist of three stages – preliminary, semi-final and final – comprising 28 competitive rounds, along with a Gala Opening Night concert on 1st July. The 28 online sessions will be available for audiences worldwide to view in their own homes, on-demand and broadcast over three weeks.

Tickets (full season passes or single tickets) are available now via

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