There are substantial prizes for the pianists - who are competing in this national competition. $68,000 in cash and prizes to be exact. Donated by incredibly generous sponsors and they are worth recognising.
Prizes – 2018 Australian National Piano Award
FIRST PRIZE - Total Value $27,000
$22,000 - The City of Greater Shepparton Prize
The winner will also be awarded a bursary of $5,000 for further music career development – The Daphne and Ross Turnbull Bursary
SECOND PRIZE - Total Value $13,000
$10,000 - The Fairley Foundation Prize. The winner will be awarded also a bursary of $3,000 for further music career development – The Daphne and Ross Turnbull Bursary
THIRD PRIZE Total Value - $7,000
$5,000 - The Beleura, John Tallis Prize. The winner will be awarded also a bursary of $2,000 for further music career development – The Daphne and Ross Turnbull Bursary
NOTE all other finalists selected to play, who were not awarded first, second or third prize and who performed in all their required recital sessions, will receive $500 courtesy of GV Hearing Clinic
For the best performance of the music of JS Bach - The Shepparton News Prize - $1,000
For the best performance of the music of Mozart or Beethoven the Leona and Bruce Sterling Prize - $1,000
For the best performance of the music of Haydn or Schubert – the Jenny Houlihan Prize of $1,000.
For the best performance of the music of Chopin the Pam Wells Prize $1,000
For the best performance of music from the Romantic era (excluding Chopin) or for the first half of the 20th century The Horton Family Prize - $1,000
Andreadis Family Australian Composition Prize - $5,000 - For the best performance of music written in or after 1951. The winner will receive $5,000 to commission a work by an Australian composer, with the intention that the work be performed by the recipient.
The Lorna Speechley Memorial Prize for the People’s Choice - $5,000 (donated by Dr. Ron Speechley)
The Lorna Speechley Memorial Prize for the People’s Choice is donated by Dr. Ron Speechley in memory of his wonderful wife Lorna nee Ducat who is proud to be the daughter of the family who established the Airlie Dairy and has been a graduate of the School of Nursing at the Mooroopna Base Hospital.
All pianists performed two recitals, then five pianists were selected for the semi-final, demonstrating their understanding and range of skills; technical mastery, style, emotional and intellectual interpretations of the following musical styles: From Baroque music up to and including J.S. Bach, Classic music after J.S. Bach, including the music of Beethoven or Schubert, French Impressionistic music and all music of the 20th Century up to 1950 to Contemporary music composed after 1950. Plus, entrants included one Australian work in their first or second recital.
PAST WINNERS (holding the ‘winner’ title for two years)
2016 Tony Lee, New South Wales
2014 Alex Raineri, Queensland
2012 Daniel de Borah, Victoria
2010 Jocelyn Ho, New South Wales
2008 Jayson Gillham, Queensland
2006 Amir Farid, Victoria
2004 Matthew Kam, Victoria
2002 Anna Carson, Queensland & Richard Jackson, Victoria
2000 Kristian Chong, Victoria & Kenji Fujimura, Victoria
1998 Edit Goldner, Victoria
1996 Lance Coburn, Queensland & Mark Kruger, Queensland
1994 Clemens Leske Jnr, South Australia
1992 Catherine Davis, New South Wales & Mark McGee, Victoria