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Entry information – Piano

Participants must read and agree to the General rules before entering the competition.

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Piano Solo – 8 years and under

Date: 10 am Saturday 25 May (Finals at 12 pm Saturday 18 August)
Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Registration fee: $25
Time limit: 3 minutes
Requirements: Music of own choice for solo piano. Participants must be available for the finals on Saturday 19 August, if they are selected. Participants may play the same piece at the final that was played at the heats, or select a new work.
Prizes: 1st – $30, 2nd – $20, 3rd – $10

Adjudicator: To be confirmed
Participants who are either related to the adjudicator or have been taught privately by the adjudicator within 6 months prior to the date of event are ineligible to participate in this section.

Piano Solo – 10 years and under

Date: Heats from 10 am Saturday 1 June (Finals at 3 pm Saturday 17 August)
Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Registration fee: $25
Time limit: 3 minutes
Requirements: Music of own choice for solo piano. Participants must be available for the finals on Saturday 19 August, if they are selected. Participants may play the same piece at the final that was played at the heats, or select a new work.
Prizes: 1st - $40, 2nd – $25, 3rd – $15

Adjudicator: To be confirmed
Participants who are either related to the adjudicator or have been taught privately by the adjudicator within 6 months prior to the date of event are ineligible to participate in this section.

Piano Solo – 12 years and under

Date: From 10 am Saturday 8 June (Finals at 1:30 pm Saturday 17 August)
Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Registration fee: $25
Time limit: 3 minutes
Requirements: Music of own choice for solo piano. Participants must be available for the finals on Saturday 19 August, if they are selected. Participants may play the same piece at the final that was played at the heats or select a new work.
Prizes: 1st - $50, 2nd – $30, 3rd – $20

Adjudicator: To be confirmed
Participants who are either related to the adjudicator or have been taught privately by the adjudicator within 6 months prior to the date of event are ineligible to participate in this section.

Piano Solo – 14 years and under

Date: From 10 am Sunday 9 June (Finals at 11 am Sunday 18 August)
Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Registration fee: $25
Time limit: 4 minutes
Requirements: Music of own choice for solo piano. Participants must be available for the finals on Sunday 20 August, if they are selected. Participants may play the same piece at the final that was played at the heats, or select a new work.
Prizes: 1st – $60, 2nd - $35, 3rd – $25

Adjudicator: To be confirmed
Participants who are either related to the adjudicator or have been taught privately by the adjudicator within 6 months prior to the date of event are ineligible to participate in this section.

Piano Solo – 16 years and under

Date: 10 am Saturday 22 June (Finals at 12 pm Sunday 18 August)
Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Registration fee: $25
Time limit: 6 minutes
Requirements: Music of own choice for solo piano. Participants must be available for the finals on Sunday 20 August, if they are selected. Participants may play the same piece at the final that was played at the heats, or select a new work.
Prizes: 1st – $70, 2nd – $40, 3rd – $30

Adjudicator: To be confirmed
Participants who are either related to the adjudicator or have been taught privately by the adjudicator within 6 months prior to the date of event are ineligible to participate in this section.

Piano Solo – 18 years and under

Date: 6:30 pm Tuesday 18 June; 6:30 pm Wednesday 19 June and 6:30 pm Thursday 20 June (Winners announced at conclusion of Thursday 20 June session)
Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Registration fee: $25
Time limit: 8 minutes
Requirements: Music of own choice for solo piano.
Prizes: 1st – $90, 2nd – $55, 3rd – $35

Adjudicator: To be confirmed
Participants who are either related to the adjudicator or have been taught privately by the adjudicator within 6 months prior to the date of event are ineligible to participate in this section.

Piano Solo – Open

Date: 6:30 pm Tuesday 4 June; 6:30 pm Wednesday 5 June and 6:30 pm Thursday 6 June (Winners announced at conclusion of Thursday 6 June session)
Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Registration fee: $25
Time limit: 15 minutes
Requirements: Music of own choice for solo piano. Two works to be performed.
Prizes: 1st – $125, 2nd – $75, 3rd – $50

Adjudicator: To be confirmed
Participants who are either related to the adjudicator or have been taught privately by the adjudicator within 6 months prior to the date of event are ineligible to participate in this section.

Piano Concerto Award – Open

Heats are held on the following days:

  • 6:30 pm Monday 20 May
  • 6:30 pm Tuesday 21 May
  • 6:30 pm Wednesday 22 May

The finals will be held at 2 pm Sunday 22 September. 

Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Time limit: Heats – 10 to 20 minutes
Final – 15 to 25 minutes
Prizes: 1st – $1000, 2nd – $600, 3rd – $400

Section requirements:

Entrants shall nominate a single excerpt (movement or movements) from a piano concerto to perform in their heat with a piano accompaniment. 

From the heats, 3 finalists will be selected who will be required to play a movement or movements from a concerto taken from the list of suitable works.

Finalists will nominate a minimum of 2 preferences from this list, with the final choice of repertoire chosen by the conductor.

Finalists will also be required to attend 2 rehearsals with the orchestra at Hawthorn Arts Centre:

  • 6:30 pm Thursday 19 September
  • 6:30 pm Friday 20 September

Adjudicator: To be confirmed 
Participants who are either related to the adjudicator or have been taught privately by the adjudicator within 6 months prior to the date of event are ineligible to participate in this section.

Accompanist: Participants must provide their own accompanist.
Final is accompanied by Camerata Orchestra.

Piano Solo (non-competitive) – 12 years and under

Date: 10 am Sunday 18 August
Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Registration fee: $25
Time limit: 3 minutes
Requirements: Music of own choice for solo piano.
Eligibility: Participants cannot register for this event if they enter any of the competitive sections.
Prizes: In non-competitive sections, there is no placing or prizes. Participants will receive a participation certificate and written feedback from the adjudicator.

Adjudicator: To be confirmed

Piano Solo (non-competitive) – 13 to 18 years

Date: 11 am Sunday 18 August
Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Registration fee: $25
Time limit: 5 minutes
Requirements: Music of own choice for solo piano.
Eligibility: Participants cannot register for this event if they ‌enter any of the competitive sections.
Prizes: In non-competitive sections, there is no placing or prizes. Participants will receive a participation certificate and written feedback from the adjudicator.

Adjudicator: To be confirmed


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