Three Australians in ANU-hosted international Chopin competition

Friday, September 8, 2017 — Three young Australian musicians are among a field of 16 competitors from 11 countries in a rigorous international piano competition celebrating the works of Frederic Chopin being hosted at the Australian National University (ANU) from Monday.

A prestigious seven-member jury of Australian and International musicians will judge them, including the ANU School of Music’s emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky, AO and one of Poland’s most distinguished pianists, Ewa Pobłocka, from the National Institute of Fryderyk Chopin in Poland, Chopin’s birthplace.

Professor Pobłocka will also give a recital in Canberra ahead of the competition on Sunday 10 September and conduct a masterclass for Canberra pianists on Saturday 16 September.

The week-long competition requires all contestants to compete in two rounds, performing 60-minutes of Chopin or Chopin-inspired pieces including his waltzes, Mazurkas, and studies, before making it to the semi-finals.

Three finalists will play a choice of two Chopin concertos to win the $25,000 first prize, donated by the Pratt Foundation.

As host and major sponsor of the competition, ANU has partnered with The Friends of Chopin, Australia and the Polish Embassy in Australia.

More information including biographies of the jury and competitors can be found here:


WHO: Ben James, General Manager Australian International Chopin Competition.

WHAT: 3rd Australian International Chopin Piano Competition – a triennial competition.

WHERE: Llewellyn Hall + Larry Sitsky Recital Room, School of Music, ANU. Childers Street, Acton.

WHEN:  Monday 11 September – Sunday 18 September 2017.

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