2021 Online Competition Prizes

2021 Online Competition Prizes

A total cash prize pool of over AU$164,000 is offered


Prize Donated By Value
Ernest Hutcheson First Prize Friends of The Sydney  $25,000
Percy Grainger Second Prize Philanthropy Initiative Australia $20,000
George Frederick Boyle Third Prize Ivy Lane League $15,000
William Murdoch Fourth Prize Consortium of Individual Donors $12,500
Arthur Benjamin Fifth Prize Rosalind Carlson OAM $10,000
Noel Mewton-Wood Sixth Prize Ron, Lynn and Marcus Ogden $7,500
Nancy Weir Best Australian Pianist Youth Music Foundation Australia $10,000
An overseas scholarship for an Australian competitor to further their musical career Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust $10,000
Edward Goll Best Performance of a work by Liszt Bequest from Neville Grace $5,000
Rex Hobcroft Best Performance of a work by Beethoven Bequest from Mrs Jana Chvojka $5,000
Geoffrey Tozer Most Promising Pianist not Proceeding to the Finals Joan Adler $5,000
Best Program Construction in the Semi Final or Final A/Prof Michael Stubbs in celebration of his Aunt, Australian pianist Ruth Gerald $5,000
Best Performance of a work from any period before 1950 by a rarely-played and unduly neglected composer Harold Fabrikant, Dr Andrew Mitterdorfer and Daniel Mitterdorfer in honour of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Louis Vierne in 2020 $5,000
Roger Smalley Best Preliminary Recital Donated by the Council of the Friends of The Sydney * $3,000
Ignaz Friedman Best Semi Final Recital Dr Robert Mitchell in memory of Denis Condon $3,000
Malcolm Williamson Best Performance of an Australian Piece Dr Robert Mitchell in memory of Denis Condon $3,000
Miriam Hyde Best Performance of a work by a Romantic period composer (excluding Liszt) Janice Tuynman in memory of her husband Hank Tuynman $3,000
Lance Dosser Best Performance of a work by a Classical period composer (excluding Beethoven) Drs Keith and Eileen Ong $3,000
Rhondda Gillespie Best Performance of a Twentieth-Century work Minnie Biggs $3,000
Best Program Presentation in Semi Final or Final Virginia Braden OAM $3,000
Isador Goodman Best Encore in the Preliminary or Finals Kathron Sturrock $1,000
Prizes for each of the six Semi Finalists not proceeding to the Finals $1,000 each Mrs Wendy Weight OAM $6,000

Additional Prizes

Additional prizes and engagements will be added here as they are confirmed

Additional Prizes

The First Prize Winner will have the following engagements:

A national tour of Australia supported by a grant from the Bequest of Harry Colligan and Lionel Hann

A concerto engagement with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

A CD recording for Hyperion Records

A concert engagement at the Bard Music Festival, New York

A concert engagement for the Amigos de Música Os Agostas Portugal

A tour of five American festivals  

A further selection of engagements will be awarded to the winner and/or other finalists. These will include:

A concerto engagement with Maestro Valery Gergiev in the Contemporary Piano Faces, Mariinsky International Piano Festival in St Petersburg

A concerto engagement with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra

The Laza Kostic Foundation Prize – concerts in Serbia

A recital for the winner of the Best Australian Prize in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at Melbourne Recital Centre plus a performance fee of $1,000 presented by Hoang Pham – winner of the 2008 Best Australian Prize.

The winner of the Nancy Weir Best Australian Pianist Prize will be required to give a recital in Melbourne at Youth Music Foundation Australia as part of that prize