Calvin Abdiel


January 23, 2001


Third Prize (Category C): International Piano Competition (Val de Travers, Switzerland)
Winner: Theme and Variations National Piano Foundation Award (Australia)
Second Prize, Category C: International Competition for Young Pianist "Steps to Mastery" (St Petersburg, Russia)
Second Prize, Concerto Prize, The Griffith University People's Choice Prize, Queensland Symphony Orchestra Vote Prize, Best Performance of an Australian Work: Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition (Queensland, Australia)
Frank Carroll Memorial Award for Most Promising Pianist: Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition (Townsville, Australia)

Calvin Abdiel is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying under Natalia Ricci who has been his teacher since 2011.  Calvin made his orchestral debut at 16 with the St Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, and has also appeared as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwartz, and with the Swiss Orchestra Les Chambristes. He has performed in Indonesia, Germany, Denmark and Israel.

Calvin has performed in masterclasses with acclaimed pianists Angela Hewitt, Orli Shaham, Michael Endres, as well as with the conductor Jahja Ling. In 2019, Calvin received the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Henderson Scholarship, which allowed him to attend masterclasses in Weimar, Germany, and Portugal with renowned pianists Ferenc Rados, Dénes Várjon and Boris Berman. His performances have been broadcast by ABC Classics and Fine Music Sydney. Calvin was the 2020 Young Artist in the Canberra International Music Festival.

An active chamber musician, Calvin has performed with ensembles throughout Australia and for the Governor of NSW.


Upcoming Competition Repertoire

Preliminary Round 1: 20-Minute Recital

Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.5 in F# Major Op.53

III. Eritaña

Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital

I. Russian Dance
II. Petrushka’s Cell
III. The Shrovetide Fair

V. Les collines d’Anacapri

XII. Feux d’artifice

Percy Grainger: In Dahomey: ‘Cakewalk Smasher’

Semi Finals Round 1: 65-Minute Recital

I. Allegro moderato
II. Minuet – Trio
III. Finale. Presto

Book 1
I. Thema. Non troppo Presto
II. Variation 1
III. Variation 2
IV. Variation 3
V. Variation 4
VI. Variation 5
VII. Variation 6
VIII. Variation 7
IX. Variation 8
X. Variation 9
XI. Variation 10
XII. Variation 11. Andante
XIII. Variation 12.
XIV. Variation 13.
XV. Variation 14. Allegro

Book 2

XVI. Thema. Non troppo Presto
XVII. Variation 1
XVIII. Variation 2. Poco Animato
XIX. Variation 3
XX. Variation 4. Poco Allegretto
XXI. Variation 5
XXII. Variation 6. Poco più vivace
XXIII. Variation 7
XXIV. Variation 8. Allegro
XXV. Variation 9

XXVI. Variation 10. Veloce, energico

XXVII. Variation 11. Vivace

XXVIII. Variation 12. Un poco Andante

XXIX. Variation 13. Un poco più Andante

XXX. Variation 14. Presto, ma non troppo

I. Gamelan

II. Wayang-Purwa, Puppet Shadow Plays

III. Hari Besaar, The Great Day


I. Allegro energico
II. Allegro vivace e leggiero
III. Adagio mesto
IV. Fuga: Allegro con spirito

Semi Final Round 2: Chamber Music

I. Allegro con brio

II. Adagio cantabile

III. Scherzo. Allegro – Trio

IV. Finale. Allegro

Jules Massenet/Martin Pierre Marsick: Méditation from ‘Thaïs’

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Allegro

III. Largo

IV. Allegro

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise Op.34 No.14

Final Round 1: Concerto with String Orchestra

I. Allegro moderato

II. Lento

III. Moderato

IV. Allegro con brio

Final Round 2: Concerto with Symphony Orchestra

I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino semplice – Prestissimo
III. Allegro con fuoco