The first edition of the Australian International Chopin Piano Competition was held 1-8 May 2011.
There was an international jury and competitors from Australia and Poland.
The opening recital was given by renowned pianist and Chopinist Janusz Olejniczack from Poland.
First prize was awarded to Peter de Jager (Melbourne, Australia)
Second prize was awarded to Oliver She (Sydney Australia)
Third Prize was awarded to Gracjan Szymczak (Poland)
Minor prizes were awarded as follows:
|Encouragement Prize for the Semi-Finalist who did not proceed to the Finals - $500||The Polish Arts and Crafts Society in Canberra||Konrad Olszewski|
|Encouragement Prize for the Semi-Finalist who did not proceed to the Finals - $500||The Polish Community Council of Australia||Lucy Zeng|
|Best Competitor of Polish Origin||The Polish Community Council of Australia||Konrad Olszewski|
|Best Performance of the Roger Smalley Variations - $1,000||The Polish Community Council of Australia||Peter de Jager|
|Best Performance of a Polonaise - $1,000||The Polish Community Council of Australia||Gracjan Szymczak|
|Best Performance of a Mazurka - $1,000||The Friends of the International Chopin Competitionof Australia||Peter de Jager|
|Best Performance of a Chopin Nocturne or Etude - $1,000||The Dennis Griffin Endowment||Peter de Jager|
|Best Performance of a Chopin Sonata - $1,000||The Byron Music Society||Gracjan Szymczak|
|Best Performance of the E Minor Concerto - $1,000||Stanislawa Baran||Peter de Jager|
|People's Choice Prize - $2,000||The Friends of the ANU School of Music||Peter de Jager|
Professor Larry Sitsky was a founding member of the Canberra School of Music, Australian National University, and has held various positions including Head of Composition Studies, Head of Academic Studies and Head of Keyboard Studies.
In the field of composition Sitsky's approach has led to similarly diverse achievements. He has written in numerous genres including opera, theatre, orchestral music, chamber music, solo and vocal music, and his works have been commissioned by many leading Australian and international bodies. As well as working with every orchestra in Australia, Sitsky has been commissioned by the Sydney International Piano Competition, the ABC, Musica Viva, the International Clarinet Society and the International Flute Convention.
Sitsky's collection of teaching pieces, Century, has been published by Currency Press. Numerous other works have been published by the New York based Seesaw Music Corporation with whom he has an open contract.
Sitsky has received numerous honours for his composition, as well as his research. Among others, he has won the AH Maggs Award twice, the Alfred Hill Memorial Prize, the first National Critics' Award, and the inaugural Australian Composer's Feiiowsh1p presented by the ivius1c Board of the Australia Council.
He has also been awarded an Order of Australia Medal, a Centenary Medal, Advance Australia Award, and cultural ambassadorships to China, Russia, and the USA.
Sitsky's research has been supported by a number of Australian Research Council Grants. His areas of expertise include the music of Busoni, Rubinstein, music of the twentieth century avant-garde, the repressed Russian avant-garde and 20th century Australian piano music. Many of Sitsky's writings on these topics have now become standard texts.
Sitsky's recording projects have focused on contemporary Australian composers, especially Roy Agnew. His own works are included in numerous anthologies and collections released on labels including ABC Classics. Tall Poppies and Jade CDs.
In recognition of Sitsky's various achievements, the Australian National University awarded Sitsky its first Higher Doctorate in Fine Arts in 1997, and in 2001 he was named Artist of the Year.
A biography of Sitsky was published in the USA in 1997, and in 2004 the National Library of Australia published a book by Jim Cotter titled Sitsky: Conversations with the Composer.
Professor of piano and chamber music, chairman of the piano department. the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University. Formerly deputy director of the School. Co-founder (1991). artisitic director and faculty member, the annual Tel-Hai lntenational Piano Master Classes in Israel.
Born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Studied at the conservatory there, the University (with Mindru Katz), and the Juilliard School in New York (with Ilona Kabos, Guido Agosti, and Ania Dorfmann), where earned B. Mus., M. Mus., and DMA degrees. Also worked with Aube Tzerko at Aspen Festival.
Among his prizes, the Gina Bachauer memorial award, first prize at New York Piano Teachers' Congress international competition, International Bach Society, and others. Appeared as soloist with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Rizzi, Sidney Harth, and other conductors as well as with all the other orchestras in the country. Was heard in recital in the framework of Israel Festival, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Weill Recital Hall in New York, and in many European cities. In celebration of Schubert's birth bicentennial, performed the composer's last three sonatas in Tel Aviv as well as in Denmark, Germany, Finland, and Hungary to enthusiastic reviews.
Has appeared in chamber-music recitals in Israel, Europe, USA, and the Far East with violinist Isaac Stern, cellists Natalia Gutman and Yehuda Hanani, soprano Ileana Cotrubas, flutist Istvan Matuz, among others; performs regularly with violinist Vera Vaidman. Was co-founder and director of the semiannual chamber-music festival in Zichron Yaacov, Israel.
Has taught and conducted master classes at Conservatoire Superieur National in Paris, The Juilfiard School and Mannes International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, the Queen Sofia Superior School of Music in Madrid, London's Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music, Berlin's Hochschule der Kunste (HdK) in the framework of European Piano Forum 2001, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Royal Music Academy in Copenhagen, the Royal Music College in Stockholm, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and Turku Conservatory (Finland), and the Oberlin and Smith Colleges
Served on the juries of numerous international competitions: Arthur Rubinstein in Tel Aviv; Leeds; Esther Honens in Calgary, Canada; AXA Dublin; Maj Lind in Helsinki, Finland; Tbilisi, Georgia; Bremen; in USA: Oberlin; Boesendorfer/ Schimmel; the AMSA World Piano Competition in Cincinnati (in 2000, as jury chairman); the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists, New York; the New York Piano Teachers' Congress competition; Jose lturbi in Valencia, Spain; Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev; Takamatsu (Japan); the Konzerteum in Greece (2000, 2001, and 2002 jury president); the Senigallia, Pinerolo (Italy), and others.
A number of his students have won prizes in international contests and are pursuing illustrious performing and teaching careers the world over. (Among them: two recipients of the Avery Fisher Career Award; two others - winners of the Yong Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.
His articles on musical subjects have been featured in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Jerusalem Post, Musical Times of London, The Piano Quarterly, the Carnegie Half Playbill, and other publications. His article appeared in Remembering Horowitz, 125 Pianists Recall a Legend, published by Schirmer Books in New York.
Alan Hicks is a graduate of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music (DSCM piano and flute) and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (Diploma in Professional Music Performance with distinction).
He was appointed Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the RNCM in 1992 and subsequently joined the staff as Accompanist and Tutor in Piano.
During his 15 years in the UK, Alan appeared at major London recital venues including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and St John's Smith Square. His CD recording with Kate Romano, 20th Century Music from the British Isles for clarinet and piano was BBC Music Magazine's Chamber Music Pick of the Month (Metier MSV CD92013). With the King Piano Trio he worked on Lord Menuhin's Live Music Now! concert scheme and appeared at the 2000 Three Choirs Festival in Hereford. Alan was pianist with the London-based Australian contemporary music group Bennelong Ensemble, appearing five on BBC Radio3, at the Cheltenham Festival, and in concert tours of Italy and England. and was subsequently appointed vocal coach and accompanist at the ANU Schoof of Music.
Alan was Assistant Musical Director, Repetiteur and Language Coach for the School of Music's 2005 production of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. In April 2006 Alan was broadcast in an ABC Classic FM Sunday Live concert with Christina Wilson, mezzo soprano and Alan Vivian, clarinet. As pianist for the Sydney-based contemporary group Kammer, he tours nationally and in June 2006 gave the world premiere of Anne Boyd's Gate of Water. In 2003 Alan returned to Australia and was subsequently appointed vocal coach and accompanist at the ANU Schoof of Music.
Alan was Assistant Musical Director, Repetiteur and Language Coach for the School of Music's 2005 production of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. In April 2006 Alan was broadcast in an ABC Classic FM Sunday Live concert with Christina Wilson, mezzo soprano and Alan Vivian, clarinet. As pianist for the Sydney-based contemporary group Kammer, he tours nationally and in June 2006 gave the world premiere of Anne Boyd's Gate of Water.
He is in demand as a recital partner for national and international instrumentalists and vocalists.
Stephen Mcintyre is known nationally and internationally as one of Australia's most eminent pianists. He is a sought-after concerto artist and chamber music player, and the chosen accompanist of many singers and instrumentalists.
Born in Melbourne, Stephen Mcintyre's teachers included Ada Freeman, Nadia Boulanger and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. From 1963 to 1975 he was based in Europe and gave concerts in the UK, France, Holland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Japan and India.
In 1975 he took up a foundation teaching post at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, where he continued as Head of the Piano Department until 1994. Stephen Mcintyre has performed as concerto soloist with all the major ABC orchestras, appeared in concert with Russian violinists Valery Klimov, Viktoria Mullova, Nelli Shkolnikova and toured extensively with violist Wolfram Christ and the renowned Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma.
Stephen Mcintyre was a founding member of Australian Chamber Soloists, Principal Artistic Advisor for Musica Viva during 1995/96, and was the Director of the chamber music program of the Melbourne Festival from 1989 to 1999. He is currently the Director of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. Stephen McIntyre is a Principal Fellow at the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne.
Pamela Page has an enviable reputation as one of Australia's finest concert pianists. As a child prodigy, she became wellknown through concerts and ABC broadcasts. A Cinesound documentary film was made about her at the age of four. She won many awards in Australia and at the age 15, she won a scholarship to study with Kinloch Anderson at Trinity College, London. She was subsequently awarded the Maude Seton Prize for the most outstanding student. Later she was invited by Walter Gieseking to study with him in Saarbrucken.
Pamela was co-winner (with Max Olding) of the inaugural Royal Trust Fund Competition in London, and has given numerous solo and concerto appearances throughout Australia and in Britain, Europe, USA, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, Vanuatu and New Zealand.
As an ABC artist, she has performed with all major orchestras in Australia under many international and national conductors. Her solo repertoire is extensive and includes works from all periods and in all styles.
She and her husband are wellknown for their recitals and concert appearances in works for two pianos. Since they were invited to perform for the opening of the ABC TV, they have maintained a preeminent profile in the field of duopiano performance in Australia and abroad. In addition to the standard repertoire, several works have been written for them. For many years Pamela was a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Queensland. In addition to a full teaching load in practical studies at the undergraduate and masters levels, she gave her regular solo recitals and concert appearances on campus and collaborated with the various Faculty Deans in lecture demonstrations. Many of her students now hold senior positions in the tertiary sector and others have won national awards in competitions - one such was awarded the University Medal.
In recent years Pamela's passion for art has led to an exploration of the phenomenon of synaesthesia and the special relationship of colour and music. She is a graduate in Fine Arts from the Brisbane Institute of Art and has combined her talents in music and painting through bimedia presentations in which her large-scale abstract realisations of major works of music are synthesised with her accompanying such works. Such works include Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Lizt's Piano Sonata and Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit. The University of Queensland also commissioned art works from her for a performance of Handel's Alexander's Fest in St John's Cathedral. Pamela has exhibited her works in local art galleries.
She is a long-serving examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board and in recent times has assisted with the International Program in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand. Hong Kong and New Zealand as recitalist, examiner, adjudicator and in seminar presentations. Since returning from full-time duties at the University of Queensland, Pamela now enjoys continuance of her performance career.
Graduated from Warsaw's Academy of Music under Professor Jan Ekier. Winner of five international piano competitions: Sophia (1968), Munich (1969), Warsaw (1970), Pleven (1971), and Bordeaux (1972).
Piotr Paleczny's international career developed pursuant to his success at the 7. Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1970.
His repertoire is expansive, though he is most valued for his interpretations of the works of Chopin and other composers of the Romantic era. Paleczny is widely recognized for his executions of the piano concertos of Polish composers, including both of Chopin's concertos, the Concerto in a-minor op. 17 of lgnacy Jan Paderewski, the 4. Sinfonia Concertante op. 60 of Karol Szymanowski, and the Piano Concerto of Witold Lutostawski. He has enjoyed a lively career as a concert pianist on all of the world's continents since his success at the 7. Fryderyk Chopin Competition, appearing as a soloist with renowned orchestras like Warsaw's National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the American Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw, the BBC London Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon, the Tonhalle Zurich, the RAI Roma, the Santa Cecilia, the Mexico National, the Buenos Aires National, the Gewandhaus. and the National Orchestra Madrid. Paleczny has performed in some of the world's most famous concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.
The pianist has led master classes in Bordeaux, Amsterdam. Paris, Buenos Aires. Montevideo, Mexico City, Tokyo, Lugano. and Warsaw, and sat on international piano competition juries in Warsaw, Paris, Santander, Tokyo, Hamamatsu, Prague, Taipei, Cleveland, and London. Since 1993, Piotr Paleczny has been the artistic director of the oldest Polish music festival, the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdroj.
Recordings of Piotr Paleczny's performances have appeared on albums published by Polskie Nagrania, EMI, BBC Classic, Pony Canyon, CD Accord, Olympia, Wifon, BeArTon, Sound, Naxos, and DUX. The annual "Musical America" named Paleczny's recording of lgnacy Jan Paderewski's "Piano Concerto" (Sound). for which he was accompanied by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jerzy Maksymiuk, as the best ever recording of this work. Another of his recordings, Karol Szymanowski's "4. Sinfonia Concertante" (EMI), appeared on the American market to win farreaching acclaim. The pianist also recorded the complete Ballads, Sonatas, and Concertos of Chopin for BeArTon. These performances will be included in the label's National Edition of the "Complete Works of Fryderyk Chopin".I
n May of 1998, the President of the Republic of Poland granted Piotr Paleczny the academic title of professor. The artist has also received many prestigious Polish and international honors and awards. Paleczny currently heads the piano performance class at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw.
The Israeli born pianist Aman Wiesel is a winner of national and international prizes including Israel's highest prize for young musicians, the Francoix Shapira Prize. A finalist in the Sydney Piano Competition, and winner of the Philadelphia Radio Competition his career as solo and chamber musician has taken him to Australia, USA, Europe, Asia and Israel.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music he studied with Seymour Lipkin, Gary Graffman, Pnina Salzman, Arthur Rubinstein, Alfred Brendel, Radu Lupo and Daniel Barenboim among others. He has played with all the major Israeli orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Haifa Symphony Orchestra and has appeared there in many solo and chamber music recitals. A frequent guest at international festivals he has had regular invitations to the Schleswig-Holstein, lnsel Hombroich and Munchner Klaviersommer Festivals in Germany and the Israel Festival.
In Europe appearances include concertos with the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Badischer Staatskapelle, Hamburg Mozart Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Wurttembergische Kammerphilarmonie, Danska Sinfonietta and a tour with the Rubin Academy Orchestra playing Bach D minor concerto, and recitals in such important music centres as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Munchner Gasteig, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Bayreuth, Brussels, Copenhagen, Zurich, Geneva, Lisbon. Budapest and Moscow. In the USA he appeared in Carnegie Hall in New York as well as with the Curtis Orchestra.
In Australia he played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conducted from the piano on a tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
An accomplished and enthusiastic chamber music player Aman Wiesel has formed the 'Duo Corda' with his wife, Australian harpist Alice Giles -an unusual combination which has received anenthusiastic response from public and critics alike.
He appears often with his father, cellist Uzi Wiesel. Since taking up residence in Australia, where he is head of keyboard at the ANU School of Music, he has performed with the Australia Ensemble, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, in the Barossa Festival with Jane Peters, the Adelaide Festival and in the Canberra Chamber Music Festival.
In 2004 he embarked on a series of concerts of the complete JS.Bach keyboard works. Aman Wiesel has made studio recordings and live broadcasts for many radio stations including German WDR, SWF, and SOR, Radio Zurich, WFLN Philadelphia, Israel Radio, RTBF Belgium and Radio Hilversum Holland. He can be heard on the following CDs: Works for Piano by J.S.Bach (Aulos/ Precosia), Harp and Piano (Musikado). 'Diary' for piano by Georg Kroll (WDR/BVHAAST).
Kathy Chow is a year 12 student studying with Glenn Riddle at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Born in Perth, Kathy has won first prize in numerous prestigious competitions and was considered the top young pianist in Western Australia. Kathy has given fund raising recitals for the Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Red Cross Black Saturday Bushfire Appeal and also has performed in the WA Government House Ballroom concerts. Since moving to Melbourne she has been a prize winner in numerous local competitions including the 2nd prize in the MSV Hephzibah Menuhun Award and 1st prize in the Royal South Street Society Celebrating Chopin Section.
Peter de Jager is a highly sought-after soloist and chamber musician in Melbourne. He was a student of Nehama Patkin and Stephen Mcintyre before studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) from 2005 to 2008 with Rita Reichman. He was a prize-winner in the 2007 Lev Vlassenko competition, and was twice finalist in ANAM's internal concerto competition. Peter participated in the 2009 and 2010 Lucerne Festival Academy, playing under the baton and artistic direction of Pierre Boulez. He is currently undergoing a Bachelor of Music in composition from the University of Melbourne.
Karolina Nadolska has finished the Warsaw Frederic Chopin University of Music, in the piano class of Prof. Piotr Paleczny.
She has performed in Poland, Great Britain, Japan, Holland, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Estonia, USA and Switzerland.
She received five times an Artistic Scholarship from the Polish Minister of Culture and three times the Cultural Scholarship of the President of the City of Gdansk.
She is a winner of many awards at national and international piano competitions: the 2nd prize at the International Piano Competition in Narva (Estonia, 1999); the 2nd prize at the 3rd National EPTA Piano Competition in Cracow (Poland, 2000); the 3rd prize Award at the 9th International Chopin Piano Competition in Szafarnia (Poland, 2001); the 2nd prize at the 5th International Chopin Piano Competition in Marianskie t.ainie (Czech Republic, 2003); in July 2007 Karolina Nadolska was the finalist at the International Piano Competition "Prix d"AmadeoJeunesse" in Aachen/Laurensberg (Germany); in February 2008 she won the 1st prize and the Scholarship at the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Piano Competition organized in Gdansk, Poland.
Konrad Olszewski started playing piano at the age of 6. He was selected for the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School where he achieved a perfect score for VCE Music Solo Performance. He has recently completed his Bachelor of Music with honours at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, specialising in piano performance under Glen Riddle. He has won first prize in the Ewa Malewicz Musical Scholarship (Sydney 2006), the Dorothy Glover Memorial Award (2006), Herbert Davis Award (MSV 2006), the Concerto Section of the Dandenong Eisteddfod (2008), the Chris Krans Instrumental Award (2006) and the Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Award (2010). He has received many awards from the Faculty of Music, including the J. S. Bach Prize, the Lady Turner Exhibition and the Searle Piano Faculty Merit Scholarship. He has performed twice with the Zelman Symphony Orchestra (2005 and 2008). Konrad gave a recital in Chopin's birthplace in Zelazowa Wola, Poland (2005).
William Schmidt recently completed Masters in piano performance at the University of Melbourne, with an Australian Postgraduate Award from the Federal Government. He has won first prize in various competitions and eisteddfods, including the Australian Youth Pianoforte Recital and Gold Medal in the 2009 Dandenong Festival, and last year's Boroondara Eisteddfod Concerto Competition. He has performed Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Chopin concertos as soloist with the Preston and Zelman Symphony and University of Melbourne Faculty of Music Orchestra. Awards from the University include the Katherine Kearns Award, the Sir Rupert Hamer Arts Scholarship and many others. William has recorded live many times for 3MBS, and given recitals in Melbourne and interstate, and later this year will commence study in Vienna, with the Inaugural Guy Parsons Award. William is also a composer and previous winner of the Grainger Composition Prize.
Tommy Tsu Tham Seah was born in 1989 in Singapore and began learning piano and violin at the age of 3 before moving to Perth in 1999. Tommy has given many solo performances on both instruments (mainly piano) and has won prizes at many competitions. Tommy studies piano under Anna Sleptsova, and has participated in national competitions in both Australia and Singapore, and in 2009 he was selected to participate at the 7th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan.
Oliver commenced piano lessons at the age of four. Since then, Oliver has won prizes at numerous competitions around the nation, such as the Yamaha Australian National Youth Piano Competition Uunior division 2003, intermediate division 2005, both first prize), 1st Prize ASKM Gold Coast Competition in 2008, 3rd prize at the 2009 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition among others. In the 2010 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, he was named the Young Performer of the Year and received the David Paul Landa Scholarship.
Oliver has performed at the Tyalgum Festival of Music in NSW, Brisbane City Hall, Byron Music Society and the Friends of SIPCA. He recently gave a recital at the Sydney Opera House (Utzon series). Concerto appearances include with the Queensland Symphony, West Australian Symphony and the Brisbane St Lucia Orchestra. He was awarded the AMEB Hugh Brandon Memorial Scholarship in 2005. Oliver currently studies with Max Olding and Pamela Page at the UQ School of Music, where he is undertaking a BMus undergraduate degree.
Gracjan Szymczak was born in 1986 in Poland.
In 2009 he graduated with high distinctions in pianoforte (under Prof. G. Kurzynski) and violoncello (under Prof. L. Grzanek-Urbaniak) at the Karol Lipinski Musical Academy, Wroclaw.
He is currently studying for his doctorate with Prof. Kurzynski and conducting with Prof. M. Pijarowski.
He has won honours at numerous national and international piano competitions some being: 2nd Prize, YAMAHA Foundation Competition (Gdansk, 2008); Grand Prix, 13th Magin International Piano Competition (Paris, 2009); Special Prize, 10th Grieg International Piano Competition (Oslo, 2009).
He was awarded a scholarship by the Polish Ministery of Culture and has recorded for Polish Radio and Television. In 2010 he released two CD's.
He has performed in Poland, Germany, Scotland, Czechoslovakia, France, Austria, Norway, Italy and China.
He has performed and recorded for Polish Radio and Television.
Hank Xiang commenced his studies on the piano at the age of 12. He is currently in his third year of the Bachelor of Music Performance course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tuition of Paul Rickard-Ford.
Hank has participated in masterclasses with pianists Paul Lewis and Stephen Savage and most recently, a chamber masterclass with member of the Atos Trio. Last year, he premiered an Australian work; The Aether Rings ... by Martin Friedel live on ABC national radio as part of the International Society for Contemporary Music Festival in Sydney.
Lucy Zeng is currently a second year Bachelor of Music student at Auckland University's School of Music, studying piano with Rae de Lisle. She started learning the piano at the age of seven. At 15 she was awarded 2nd place in the 2008 New Zealand Mazda Foundation National Young Performer Awards. In 2010, she won the Janetta Mcstay Prize for the "Most Deserving Pianist" at the University of Auckland. In the same year she gained 3rd and the sonata prize at the New Zealand Kerikeri International Piano Competition.