Sydney International Piano Competition 2021
The Sydney International Piano Competition proudly stands among the greatest piano competitions of the world. In 2021, the competition will happen – still with 32 incredibly talented young competitors from around the world, still with career-changing prizes and opportunities, and still with thrilling, rigorous competitive rounds – but now online.
The uncertainties of the ongoing global pandemic into 2021 and the mandatory safety restrictions on public gatherings, travel and international borders have all made it impossible to proceed with any certainty in planning a live competition in July.
With the enthusiastic support of our competitors, Artistic Director Piers Lane AO, jury members and generous donors, we will now hold the first-ever Sydney International Online Piano Competition from 2–18 July 2021.
This will consist of 29 online sessions over three weeks (just like the usual competition).
Preliminary Rounds: Fri 2–Fri 9 July | Events 1-16.
In each session will be two competitors presenting a 40-minute recital. Semi Finalists announced in Event 16.
Semi Finals: Sat 10–Thu 15 July | Events 16-22.
In each session will be 2 of the 12 semi-finalists presenting a 50-minute recital. Finalists announced in Event 22.
Finals: Fri 16–Sun 18 July | Events 23-28.
In each session will be 1 of the 6 finalists presenting an 80-minute recital.
The Winners and Prizes will be announced in Session 29 on Sunday 18 July.
The Sydney International Piano Competition has always held events at the highest international level. It inspires pianists and audiences a-like stimulating interest in the piano and music in general and providing a platform to showcase outstanding pianists from around the world and assist in developing their careers.
The Sydney is one of the major international events of its kind in the world. Founded by the late Miss Claire Dan AM, OBE, Rex Hobcroft AM and Robert Tobias, it was inaugurated in July 1977 and has since been held every four years, except in 1988 when it was brought forward to coincide with the Bicentenary of Australia celebrations. The Sydney was admitted as a member of the Geneva based World Federation of International Music Competitions in 1978, the first Australian competition to be accepted as a member.
Sydney is not only a significant centre of the arts, but a city which has produced and fostered artists of international distinction, whose contributions to music are well known. The Sydney Opera House is a symbol of the city’s commitment to attaining the highest standards in all areas of the performing arts. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, in the centre of the city with its ‘back-yard’ the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, is home to the Competition once again in 2020.