Welcome to Piano+
Welcome to Piano+, an exciting new company emerging from the almost 50-year-old Sydney International Piano Competition (The Sydney). Piano+ will provide an essential resource for pianists and concert goers nationally and will foster the joy of piano-playing and provide opportunities for music education.
Over five decades, The Sydney has been in the international keyboard spotlight and has nurtured the very best of young international and Australian pianists. It has provided opportunities for Australian audiences to hear great talent, not only in Sydney, but in many places around the country. Now, Piano+ will take on those responsibilities, will offer further musical experiences annually and will present The Sydney itself on a triennial basis.
Piano+ will be a presentation and production company with The Sydney the jewel in its presenting crown. It will offer regional tours for competition winners and extend existing education and outreach programs. The amateur online showcase Piano Lovers, The Sydney’s response to the COVID pandemic, offering lovers of the piano across Australia and New Zealand a goal to work towards, will become an annual event. The success of Out West Piano Fest inaugurated in Bathurst in 2022 has ensured its return in 2023. Piano+ will offer the Composing the Future award in the future, supporting and encouraging the composition of new Australian works for the piano.
Piano+ will be open to all things piano. It will venture beyond solo classical music recitals and masterclasses to include jazz and contemporary, or interesting combinations involving piano: perhaps Piano+Voice, Piano+Violin or even Piano+Multimedia.
Piano+ will develop new ideas and projects over the years to come, starting with the launch of an international concert series at the City Recital Hall in Sydney and the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at the Melbourne Recital Centre in 2024. Brisbane will also experience Piano+Recitals in the inaugural year, with other capital cities to follow in subsequent years.
Piano+Education will present interactive programs in partnership with key learning institutions. The 2024 Autumn Piano School will create an intensive course located in a picturesque regional setting, giving students of the piano, from youngsters to adults, an immersive and memorable experience.
Piano+ is for you, wherever you live in Australia. In 2024 a membership program will be launched so you can always stay up to date with our activities and enjoy being part of the Piano+ trajectory from the start.