Sydney - Sydney International Piano Competition

The Sydney 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.


Competition 2027


Competition 2027

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 1–18 July 2021. This will consist of 28 pre-recorded online sessions. These will be broadcast over three weeks (just like the usual competition).

Gala Opening Concert: Thu 1 July. Andrey Gugnin and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra.

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 28 on Sunday 18 July.

Digital Season Passes are available to purchase now and give you unlimited access to watch the first broadcast and multiple times ‘on demand’ after the end of the final broadcast on 18 July 2021.


Marcus Barker
PO Box R104
Royal Exchange
Sydney 1225

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2016 prizewinner Andrey Gugnin

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