2023 Competition

Repertoire Requirements

From the 5th to the 22nd of July 2023, Sydney will come alive once more when 32 of the world’s finest young pianists travel to Australia to be part of the Sydney International Piano Competition.

Video applications for this prestigious event, with over $200,000 in cash prizes on offer, will open mid-year and close Monday 14 November 2022 for pianists born between 23 July 1991 and 6 July 2005. The application video must preferably be a single unedited recording of no less than 20 minutes and no more than 35 minutes including solo piano works by at least three composers.

The repertoire requirements for each of the competition rounds are being made available to prospective applicants and teachers in advance to assist with planning. Full rules and regulations will be published mid-year on the official website.

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Preliminary Rounds

ROUND 1: A 20-MINUTE RECITAL
The repertoire is Own Choice and should contain pieces by at least two composers.

ROUND 2: A 30-MINUTE RECITAL
i. The repertoire is Own Choice and should contain pieces by at least two composers.
ii. Round 2 should contain different composers from Round 1.
iii. A twenty-first century Australian piece (ie composed after January 1st 2000) must be included in either Round 1 or Round 2. The pieces(s) should last at least 7 minutes.

Semi Final Rounds

ROUND 1: A 70-MINUTE RECITAL
i. The repertoire is Own Choice and should consist of two or more pieces.
ii. The program should be built around a theme of the competitor’s choice.
iii. Competitors will be asked to give verbal introductions in English to their programs.
iv. Short encore/s must be included in the performance. The titles(s) must be announced from the stage.

ROUND 2: ACCOMPANIMENT/CHAMBER MUSIC
Competitors should prepare a set of pieces (sonata + encore) from BOTH Group 1 and Group 2.

Group 1
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C minor Op. 30 No.2 + Massenet/Carsick: Méditation from ‘Thaïs’
Schubert: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major ‘Duo’ D.574  + Kreisler: La Gitana
Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A major Op. 100  + Ponce/Heifetz: Estrellita
Elgar: Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor Op.82 + Elgar: La Capricieuse
Strauss: Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major Op. 18  +  Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin
Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in G major + Gershwin/Heifetz: ‘It ain’t necessarily so’ from Porgy and Bess.

Group 2
Beethoven
: Sonata No.2 for Cello and Piano in G minor Op.5 No.2 + Paganini arr. Pierre Fournier: Introduction and Variations on one string on a theme from Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt’
Mendelssohn: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in D Major Op.58 + Kreisler: Liebesleid
Chopin: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op.65 +  Fauré Romance Op.69
Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in F Major Op.99 + Popper: Spinning Song Op.55 No.1
Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op.19 + Elgar: Salut d’amour (in D Major)
Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor Op.40 + Rachmaninoff: Vocalise Op.34 No.14 (in E minor)

Final Rounds

ROUND 1: CONCERTO 1800 AND EARLIER. 
Competitors should choose one concerto from the following list.

Bach: Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 in C major Op. 15
Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37
Mozart: Concerto in G major K453
Mozart: Concerto in D minor K466
Mozart: Concerto in E flat major K482
Mozart: Concerto in C minor K491
Mozart: Concerto in C major K503
Mozart: Concerto in B flat major K595

ROUND 2: POST 1800 CONCERTO  
Competitors should choose one concerto from the following list.

Adams: Century Rolls
Barber: Concerto Op. 38
Bartók: Concerto No. 2 in G major Sz. 95 BB101
Beethoven: Concerto No. 4 in G major Op. 58
Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15
Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21
Gershwin: Concerto in F
Grieg: Concerto in A minor Op. 16
Liszt: Concerto No. 2 in A major S.125
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 16
Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1 (revised version)
Ravel: Concerto in G major
Saint-Saëns: Concerto No. 5 in F major Op. 103
Schumann: Concerto in A minor Op. 54
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 2 in G major Op. 44 (revised version

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