The Sydney International Piano Competition (The Sydney) has announced the Composing the Future competition, a new composition contest for new or unpublished works for solo piano by Australian composers.

Piers Lane, The Sydney’s Artistic Director, will lead the judging panel, which will feature a further five Australian concert pianists to be announced at a later date.

Piers Lane © Keith Saunders

Piers Lane. Photograph © Keith Saunders

The winner will receive $20,000 and a world premiere performance of their piece by the 2021 Sydney winner, Alexander Gadjiev, on his 2022 Australian tour. In addition, up to five other entries will receive $2,000 each, and receive premieres by members of the judging panel in 2022, the 44th anniversary of The Sydney.

The competition rules are very open-ended, with no rules about duration, style or form. The only stipulation is that the work should not require electronics or a prepared piano for performance, though there is a suggested duration of between 10 and 20 minutes.

In a statement on The Sydney’s website, the organisers state the the aims of this new competition are multiple: to continue the primacy of Australian music at the competition, to add to the repertoire of Australian solo piano music, to encourage composers to write works that appeal to performers, and to encourage performers to support composers who are their contemporaries.


Applications for the Composing the Future competition close Friday 10 December 2021.

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