Alex Raineri (QLD) was award first prize, followed by Daniel Le (VIC) and third prize was awarded to John Fisher (QLD). Plus more prizes were presented as follows:
Thirteen pianists came to Shepparton and the sensational music performed on the concert grand Steinway was impressive all week. So much so, that the three jurors - Paul Badura-Skoda (Vienna), Murray McLachlan (United Kingdom) and Wendy Lorenz (Australia) - remarked that all contestants should be proud of their presentations throughout the week. It had to come down to determining the ultimate winner on Saturday evening and the allocation of prizes is as follows:
Alex Raineri FIRST PRIZE Total Value $25,000
$20,000 - The City of Greater Shepparton Prize plus a bursary of $5,000 for further music career development – The Daphne and Ross Turnbull Bursary
Daniel Le SECOND PRIZE - Total Value $13,000
$10,000 - The Gaye and John Gaylard Prizeplusa bursary of $3,000 for further music career development – The Daphne and Ross Turnbull Bursary
John Fisher THIRD PRIZE - Total Value $7,000
$5,000 - The Beleura John Tallis Prizeplus a bursary of $2,000 for further music career development – The Daphne and Ross Turnbull Bursary
David Soo from Victoria won $5,000 - The Andreadis Family Australian Composition Prize, for the best performance of music written in or after 1951. David Soowill receive $5,000 to commission a work by an Australian composer, with the intention that the work be performed by the recipient.
Ben Austin from Tasmania won $5,000 – The Lorna Speechley Memorial Prize for the People’s Choice, donated by Dr. Ron Speechley, in memory of his wife, Lorna Speechley.
The ten other finalists who performed in their required recital sessions each received $500, courtesy of Mark Renehan.
Special Prizes Daniel Le won $1,000 - The Shepparton News Prize, for the best performance of the music of Bach
Alex Raineri won $1,000 - The Leona and Bruce Sterling Prize, for the best performance of the music of Haydn or Mozart or Beethoven
Daniel Le $1,000 - The Pam Wells Prize, for the best performance of the music of Chopin
Berta Brozgul from New South Wales $1,000 - The Horton Family Prize, for the best performance of music from the Romantic era (excluding Chopin) or from the first half of the 20th century.