The regional Victorian town of Shepparton is alive with the sound of music as it hosts the Australian National Piano Awards - one of the nation's biggest classical competitions. @MahaliaDobson reports pic.twitter.com/l2vJSt1aHx
Australian National Piano Award 2016 Winner, Tony Lee
Watch this brief clip of Australian National Piano Award 2016 Winner, Tony Lee, as he plays Sonata in B flat major, Op.27 No1 (Ludwig van Beethoven) and Sonata in B flat major, Op.38 (Sergei Prokofiev).
You can see more world-class playing by booking your seats now for 3-8 September 2018, as 14 of the finest young classical pianists in Australia showcase their skills in front of a live audience and three international judges.
The competition takes place across the week in Shepparton, as the Victorian town embraces the country's very best pianists for the biennial event.
Prize money of $65,000 is up for grabs. The grand final will be broadcast on ABC Classic FM Radio.
ANPA president Darryl Coote said the aim was to propel the careers of Australian pianists on the world stage.
He said recent winners Alex Raineri (2014), Daniel de Borah (2012), Jocelyn Ho (2010) and Jayson Gilham (2008) continued to enjoy sold-out concerts at home and overseas and released their own recordings.
Chiang said he was daunted by the level of competition, but excited about the opportunity.
He grew up in a musical household, where his mother Nancy began teaching him at the age of five.
At the age of 12, he won a musical and academic scholarship to Scotch College and continues to study under Mikhail Solovei.
Chiang also plays the violin and regularly plays in a contemporary gospel band.
He chose not to pursue formal tertiary music studies, opting to become a dentist instead.
"Every person has their unique personality with something different to add," he said.
"For me it is about being very true to what you believe in expressing the music and being very genuine."
His mother said she was very hopeful that Chiang would be successful saying "he has prepared very well".
7.30 Victoria: Competitive keyboards in Shepparton
Young pianists from all over Australia have been competing in the Goulburn Valley for big money prizes in the National Piano Award.
7.30 Victoria ran the following segment on their program on Friday 12 September 2014.