Australian National Piano Award returns to Shepparton

Australian National Piano AwardThe Australian National Piano Award is a world-class competition, like no other – where the hottest pianists in Australia make beautiful classical music over a week this September, in Shepparton in country Victoria, striving to win up to $68,000 in cash and prizes.

14 of the best young Australian pianists are selected to perform in this fast-paced and inspirational series, beginning with rounds one and two, followed by the Semis and Grand Final recitals. These artists aged between 21 and 30 have their hearts set on winning the massive prize money, applause and attention, throughout the week.

The finalists include: Alexander Yau (22, New South Wales); Berta Brozgul (28, Victoria); David Soo (25, Victoria); Enrico-Sergio Mainas (21, New South Wales); Hank Xiang (26, New South Wales); James Guan (27, New South Wales); Jeremy So (27, New South Wales); Joshua Hooke (25, Victoria); Oliver She (27, Queensland); Rachael Shipard (21, Queensland); Robbin Reza (23, New South Wales); Longjie (Roger) Cui (29, Queensland); Timothy Chiang (30, Victoria); and Vatche Jambazian (30, New South Wales).

These outstanding musicians will battle it out day and night, covering masterworks by Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Schubert, Debussy and many others. Their repertoire is filled with variety as they approach works of the Baroque, Classical, 19th Century Romantic and French Impressionist periods, as well as music written after 1950, with the highest standard.

The 2018 Australian National Award showcases the pianists’ passion, repertoire and charisma. Three international judges: Lance Coburn (Ireland); Joanna MacGregor (London); and Gerard Willems (Sydney) – listen intently to every performance and take score.

The audience becomes involved also, by voting for their favourite pianist leading up to the Grand Finals. The semi-final and Grand Final recitals are recorded and broadcast and later, a CD of highlights will be issued. From start to finish, the musicians are given a warm country welcome, synonymous with the people of Shepparton, supporters who are very proud to host this hot contest and major event every two years.

The 2018 Australian National Piano Award takes place in Shepparton: 3 – 8 September. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: courtesy of Australian National Piano Award