Still Challenging The Pianist

Still Challenging The Pianist

3 June 2012, 10:00AM – 4:30PM

1 sessions, 6.5 hours total


Since its inception in 1977, the Sydney International Piano Competition was a unique competition, that is the envy and model for many other competitions. Without advertising, the large number of applications continues to astound the administrators of other competitions, both large and small. The Founders of the Competition were not interested in having young pianists just winning prize-money, certificates and medals but far more than that.

Major Prize-Winners of the Competition have an extensive touring program throughout all States and Territories of Australia immediately following each Competition. In addition, the First Prize-Winner has a return tour two years after the Competition. Overseas concerto and recital engagements, including some major Festivals, are arranged in many countries including Japan, China, Singapore, Korea, New Zealand, Germany, France and Italy. These engagement are essential for the development of the Prize-Winners.

Course Content

This course examines the variety of repertoire and musical styles that is required from the competitors to the Sydney International Piano Competition.

The works are:

  • A virtuoso Etude from a list of 4 composers
  • A Prelude by Debussy
  • A Classical Sonata from a list of 3 composers
  • One of the 2 commissioned works by Australian composers
  • A Sonata by Beethoven or Schubert as well as at least
  • Eight own choice works by any composers
  • One Piano Trio from a list of 7
  • One Mozart Concert from a list of 6
  • One 19th or 20th century Concerto form a list of 28.

Examples of the different styles and repertoires will be from performances on CD of former Prize-Winners and other competitors.

Course Outcomes

Participants attending this course will have the following information:

  1. An understanding of the reasons for the wide range of different styles of works required.
  2. Hearing performances of a very high level.
  3. As well as solo works they also will hear Chamber Music and Concertos.

Other information

The course will be presented by Professor Warren Thomson OAM, the Competition’s Artistic Director and Chairman of the Jury of the Competition.


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