As a consequence of the global COVID-19 situation and the strict travel and public gathering guidelines, we have taken the regrettable and difficult decision to cancel the 12th Sydney International Piano Competition in July 2020.

The competition will no longer proceed as planned on 8 – 25 July 2020; nor the national capital city tour in July/August or the winners’ return concert in October.

The uncertainties of the ongoing global pandemic into 2021 and the mandatory safety restrictions on public gatherings, travel and international borders have all made it impossible to proceed with any certainty in planning a live competition in July.

With the enthusiastic support of our competitors, Artistic Director Piers Lane AO, jury members and generous donors, we will now hold the first-ever Sydney International Online Piano Competition from 2–18 July 2021.

The Online Competition means that The Sydney can continue to support outstanding young musicians with life-changing and career-building exposure, contacts, prize money and performance opportunities in spite of the global pandemic. We have been very well supported with donations and ticket sales to date. For all that, we deeply and sincerely thank you for all your efforts and support. We look forward to you joining us for the first-ever Sydney International Online Piano Competition in July 2021. 

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