Jury & Creatives


Due to the COVID-19 related postponement of the competition to 2021, Marianna Shirinyan and Elena Kats-Chernin are no longer able to take up their place on the Jury. The 12th Sydney International Piano Competition currently has six jurors with the Artistic Director as the non-voting Chairman of the Jury.

Olivier Cazal

A student of the great Pierre Sancan, Olivier Cazal entered his piano studio at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris at the age of 12.
Mark Coughlan

Mark Coughlan is a pianist, musical director, educator and businessman, and is the Chief Executive Officer of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Olga Kern

Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great artists.  With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike.
Vladimir Tropp

Vladimir Tropp was born in Moscow in 1939. He studied at the celebrated Gnessins Music School from an early age. His teachers were the distinguished Russian pedagogues, Moisey Feigin and Teodor Gutman, both pupils of Heinrich Neuhaus.
Xiaohan Wang

Chinese pianist Xiaohan Wang began his musical education at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Middle School, where he studied with Jin Aiping, Li Qifang and Zhou Guangren.
Mira Yevtich

Born in Belgrade, Mira Yevtich began playing piano when she was only three years old. In 1980, she was awarded a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, studying under Professor Stanislav Neihaus, as well as a Doctorate from the Gnessin Academy of Music studying under Professor Boris Berlin.

Chamber Music Partners

Jack Liebeck and Li-Wei Qin will perform in the semi-finals chamber rounds at the Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Jack Liebeck

Possessing flawless technical mastery and a “beguiling silvery tone” (BBC Music Magazine), violinist Jack Liebeck’s playing embraces the worlds of elegant chamber-chic Mozart through to the impassioned mastery required to frame Brett Dean The Lost Art of Letter Writing.
Li-Wei Qin

Leading Chinese-Australian cellist, Li-Wei Qin was born in Shanghai and moved to Australia at the age of 13. He accepted scholarships to study with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.


Johannes Fritzsch will conduct the 19th/20th century concerto finals at the Sydney Town Hall.

Johannes Fritzsch

Maestro Johannes Fritzsch recently held the position of Chief Conductor of the Grazer Oper and Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, Austria.


Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra

Camerata was founded in 1987 by acclaimed string educator Elizabeth Morgan AM, as an idealistic ensemble of emerging artists which she then formed into a professional chamber orchestra in 2005.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra

SIMONE YOUNG AM Chief Conductor Designate THE HON. MARGARET BEAZLEY AC QC Patron Founded in 1932 by the Australian Broadcasting Commission, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has evolved into one of the world’s finest orchestras as Sydney has become one of the world’s great cities.