The Award


The Australian National Piano Award showcases some of Australia’s most brilliant emerging classical pianists.

Over a week of solo recitals at Riverlinks Eastbank in Shepparton, selected pianists strive to win over $65,000 in prize money.

The Award finalists will perform impressive classical masterpieces that range from Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and many other composers. 

Repertoires throughout the inspirational recital series will feature music from the Baroque, Classical, 19th Century Romantic and French Impressionist eras, as well as music written after 1950, including Australian classical works.

Acclaimed for its standard of international excellence, Max Cooke and Darryl Coote designed the biennial Award, which reveals the natural artistic talent and technical mastery of classical pianists.

Open to Australian and Australian-based pianists aged 21 to 35 years, the Award embodies the highest national and international music standards and recognises the pursuit of professional excellence, technical brilliance and extraordinary flair.