The Sydney International Piano Competition (The Sydney) will hold a digital competition in 2021, with 32 competitors from 14 countries vying for top honours in the world-renowned competition running from 1st to 18th July. The decision was made to hold the competition virtually in order to be able to continue to support and offer opportunities to competitors during these difficult times for musicians worldwide. The Sydney, which generally takes place every four years, will offer its competitors $164,000 in cash prizes, international concert engagements, CD recordings and career mentoring, making it one of the world’s leading competitions of its kind.
The list of pianists for the 2021 Competition includes eight from Russia, six from China, three from Ukraine, Japan and Australia, two from South Korea and Canada, and one competitor each from Uzbekistan, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Italy and Hungary. The competitors range in age from 18 to 32.
The competitors for the 2021 Competition are: Calvin Abdiel (AUS/IDN), Ádám Balogh (HUN), Antonii Baryshevskyi (UKR), Sergey Belyavsky (RUS), Alice Burla (CAN), Yangrui Cai (CHN), Dominic Chamot (CHE), Kevin Chow (AUS), Maxwell Foster (AUS), Alexander Gadjiev (ITA/SVN), Maxim Kinasov (RUS), Dinara Klinton (UKR), Anna Geniushene (RUS), Aleksandr Kliuchko (RUS), Ziyu Liu (CHN), Siqian Li (CHN), Philipp Lynov (RUS), Ke Ma (CHN), Alexander Malikov (CAN), Rustam Muradov (RUS), Timur Mustakimov (RUS), Yu Nitahara (JPN), Shion Ota (JPN), Kyoungsun Park (KOR), Alexandra Pavlova (KAZ), Akihiro Sakiya (JPN), Tamila Salimdjanova (UZB), Dmitry Sin (RUS), JunLin Wu (CHN), Ziang Xu (CHN), Artem Yasynksyy (UKR), and Se-Hyeong Yoo (KOR).
Artistic Director of The Sydney Piers Lane AO said, “When our 32 competitors were selected from 285 applicants for a live competition in Sydney in July 2020, they little dreamt they’d end up devising a completely different program from the one they’d submitted, meeting the numerous unexpected challenges occasioned by an online event. The results are spectacular and will create a buzz that will resonate for years. We must all support these great young talents – our world-famous competition will act as a springboard to the world stage for the winner and very possibly to a number of other artists as well. Be there or be square!”
The competition will consist of three stages – preliminary, semi-final and final – comprising of 28 competitive rounds, along with a Gala Opening Night concert on 1st July. The 28 online sessions will be available for audiences worldwide to view in their own homes, on-demand and broadcast over three weeks.
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