Ninth Sydney Piano Competition 2008
Krystyna Niemotko

The Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia is considered to be one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world.  It is organised every four years in Sydney, under the auspices of the Cladan Cultural Exchange Institute of Australia, in association with the University of Sydney and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  The imminent ninth piano competition is due to take place from 2nd to 19th July 2008. Five Australians are among 36 pianists selected to compete, namely: John Fisher, David Fung, Adam Herd, Hoang Pham and Alexy Yemtson.  Other competitors will come from China, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine, Taiwan and the USA.  All pianists are between 17 and 30 years of age, with the youngest entrant being Japan’s Tomoki Kitamura born in 1991 and the oldest, Spain’s Jose Menor born 1977.  The prize money totals $140,000 and the major prize winners will be invited for concert tours throughout Australia.  The Australian String Quartet will engage them to perform as guest artists for a national subscription season tour in July and August 2009.  The first four stages of the competition will be held at the Seymour Centre in Sydney. The first recital is scheduled for 16th July 2009.  The finals will be held in the concert hall of the Opera House.  The Sydney Symphony Orchestra will perform in both instances.  Piano music lovers can expect an opportunity to enjoy quality live music performances.

In a retro mood ’08

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