Calvin AbdielSupported by Club 32 donor the Brennan Lynch Foundation Fund


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

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

X. Etude in D♭ major

V. Les collines d’Anacapri

XII. Feux d’artifice

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

Percy Grainger: In Dahomey: ‘Cakewalk Smasher’ 

Semifinal Round

Enrique Granados: El Pelele (The Straw Man)

III. El Fandango del Candil – The Oil Lamp Fandango

Domenico Scarlatti:: Keyboard Sonata in A minor K.175
Antonio Soler: Keyboard Sonata in C# minor R.21

III. Fêté-Dieu à Séville

III. Eritaña

Ernesto Halffter: Danza de la Gitana
Manuel de Falla: Fantasia Bética

Final Round

VIII. In dir ist Freude BWV 615
V. Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr BWV 639
IV. Nun freut euch, lieben Christen BWV 734

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


III. Allegro molto

VI. Allegro

Dmitry Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue No.11 in B major Op.87

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


II. Intermezzo. Andante teneramente

VI. Triana