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Sydney International Piano Competition (‘The Sydney’) has announced the return of 2016 finalist Oxana Shevchenko for two exclusive recitals in Melbourne and Sydney this April.

Shevchenko is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry, sensibility and versatility, and is equally in demand both as a soloist and as a chamber musician.

In 2016 Shevchenko was one of the top six finalists at The Sydney and also won the prize for the best Piano Quintet. She is also a previous winner of the top prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition, International Premio Franz Liszt Competition and the Chappel Piano Competition.

In Sydney, Shevchenko will join with the Tinalley String Quartet to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G minor Op.57 before performing solo works including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Tchaikovsky’s 18 Pieces Op.72 No.5 Méditation and Dumka Op.59.

Born in Kazakhstan, Shevchenko gave her first performance as a soloist with the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra at age of nine and made her Western debut in Vilnius with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. Shevchenko has since performed with orchestras worldwide, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Norrlands Operan Symphony Orchestra.

A keen chamber musician, in collaboration with French/German cellist Christoph Croisé, Shevchenko won the First Prize at the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona-Mantova in 2016.

Oxana Shevchenko plays at the Sydney International Piano Competition 3:00pm on Sunday, 14th April with a free pre-concert talk at 2:00pm. Tickets available here.


Andrey Gugnin and Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev

Sydney International Piano Competition is excited to welcome back its 2016 first and second prize winners, Andrey Gugnin and Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, for an exclusive double bill concert in Sydney and Melbourne this November. This superb pairing has taken over two years to achieve, given the popularity and extensive touring schedules of these young pianists.

Gugnin was the winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, taking home four additional prizes including the Eileen Joyce Best Overall Concerto Prize and the Miriam Hyde Best 19th or 20th Century Concerto Prize. He has performed as a recitalist, chamber music partner and soloist with orchestras in over 20 countries and has played in iconic venues internationally such as the Louvre, Carnegie Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and Vienna’s Musikverein. 

Audiences will be reminded of Gugnin’s exceptional talent and his exquisite palette of colour and shade with a program of Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D major BWV532, Schumann’s Arabesque in C Major Op.18, and Chopin’s Piano Sonata No.3 Op.58.
Tarasevich-Nikolaev, the grandson of famous Russian pianist Tatiana Nikolaeva, was the winner of the Percy Grainger Second Prize at the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition at the young age of 23. He made his public debut at the age of nine with the Bryansk City Chamber Orchestra. He has since won the 5th International Scriabin Piano Competition, was awarded second prize for the performance of Russian music at the Cleveland International Piano Competition and second prize at the Grieg International Piano Competition in Bergen.

Tarasevich-Nikolaev will perform Mozart’s Fantasia in D minor K.397, Liszt’s Transcendental Études No. 11 and No. 12, and Rachmaninoff’s 6 Moments musicaux Op.16.

Sydney International Piano Competition [Facebook] is  Saturday, 10th November,7:30 at Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music – 1 Conservatorium Road, Sydney


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Avan Yu, the 2012 winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition, will perform an exclusive recital in Sydney on 30 June at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

The program will include Mozart’s Piano Sonata No.18 in D Major K.576, Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, Liszt’s Sonetto 123 and 104 del Petrarca S.161, and Sonata in B minor S.178.

One of Canada’s most exciting young pianists, Yu won his first national piano competition, the Canadian Music Competition, at the age of 13. Four years later, Yu became the youngest competitor ever to win the Canadian Chopin Competition. In 2012, he won the Sydney International Piano Competition as well as taking home nine additional awards. Continue reading AVAN YU EXCLUSIVE RECITAL – WE HAVE A DOUBLE PASS GIVEAWAY


Avan Yu                                                                                              Photo: Irène Zandel

Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia is pleased to announce the 2012 competition winner, Avan Yu, will perform two exclusive recitals in Sydney and Melbourne this June and July.

Artistic Director for the Sydney International Piano Competition, Piers Lane AO said, “I am delighted that Avan Yu, the illustrious Canadian winner of the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition, continues to return regularly to Australia where he has a devoted following. Not surprisingly! He’s a real communicator with a poetic sensibility and the pianistic ease to express all he feels. You’ll enjoy.” Continue reading AVAN YU – SYDNEY RECITAL ANNOUNCEMENT