Around 140 guests travelled to Government House in Melbourne - to hear the music, to meet the pianists, to mingle over delicious morning tea.
We have officially kicked of the competition with an entertaining launch at Government House.
Scrumptious chicken sandwiches, the who's who in the arts and music world, plus the VIP's who travelled two hours to help us celebrate.
We found out who the top 13 pianists will be heading to the country in September to play for the week.
Talented musicians from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria primarily. Winner of the last Award, Daniel de Borah performed Schubert - Impromptu in F minor D.935 No.1 10'30" Gluck, arr. Sgambati - Mélodie 3'45" Prokofiev Sonata No.7 in B flat major Op.83, 3rd Mvt: Precipitato 4'15"
He was a sensation playing with vigour and literally, with his heart on his sleeve - he has also just become a new dad and is beaming with pride - we all wish him and his new family the best of times together.