Peter de Jager


1 December 1989


Freedman Fellowship (Australia)
Fifth Prize and Best Australian Competitor: Southern Highlands International Piano Competition (Bowral, Australia)
First Prize: Australian International Chopin Competition (Canberra, Australia)

Peter de Jager holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Melbourne. He undertook both the Young Academy program and the Advanced Performance program at the Australian National Academy of Music and is now on the faculty as an Associate Artist. His piano teachers have included Stephen McIntyre, Rita Reichman and Nehama Patkin, his composition teachers Stuart Greenbaum and Elliott Gyger. He is equally a pianist, harpsichordist and composer.

Peter attended the Lucerne Festival Academy, directed by Pierre Boulez, in 2009, 2010 and 2013. His performances there included Messiaen’s Turangalila-Symphonie under David Robertson. He attended the Bang on a Can Summer Institute (Massachusetts) in 2011. He has recorded a disc of French Oboe Sonatas with
Ben Opie.

As a composer, he has been commissioned by Astra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Speak Percussion. He performs cabaret and co-wrote Reception: The Musical with actor/writer Bethany Simons, which was nominated for a Green Room Award. His Freedman Fellowship will fund a European recital tour highlighting a newly-commissioned piano sonata by Chris Dench, and creating four mini documentaries on the Sonata and three other piano works.


2016 Competition Repertoire

Round 1: 20-Minute Recital

  1. Sonata in D Major K.490 L.206
  2. Sonata in D Major K.491 L.164
  3. Sonata in C Major K.420 L.502
  4. Sonata in C Major K.421 L.252

Études pour piano, premier livre: II. ‘Cordes à vide’ IV. ‘Fanfares’

Round 2: 30-Minute Recital

Sergei Lyapunov: Transcendental Étude Op.11 No.10 in B minor ‘Lesghinka’
Chris Dench: Tiento de medio registro alto (1978 rev. 2003)
Karol Szymanowski: Piano Sonata No.3 Op.36

Round 1: 65-Minute Recital

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in F# minor BWV 910
Ferruccio Busoni: Sonatina Seconda BV.259

X. ‘In the Kraton’

  1. Allegro
  2. Marche Funèbre
  3. Menuet IV.Finale

Round 2: Accompaniment/Chamber Music

  1. Allegro molto
  2. Andante
  3. Allegro vivo
  4. Allegro
  1. Molto moderato uasi lento – Allegro
  2. Lento con molto sentiemtn
  3. Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco

Round 1: 18th Century Concerto

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro assai

Round 2: 19th or 20th Century Concerto

  1. Andante sostenuto
  2. Allegro scherzando
  3. Presto