A Trip Down Memory Lane


The Sydney International Piano Competition has so many loyal supporters, donors, audience members and creatives. Since it’s inception in 1977, there have been 11 great competitions and countless recitals, masterclasses and tours in between. We would love for you to share your memories with us, be it a story via text or video recordings, photos or videos.

So dig out the old photo albums, think back to your favourite moments of the competitions, the controversies of an announcement or tell us about your experience if you had a competitor to stay. If you were a competitor or a jury member, we’d love to hear your experience of the competition, if anyone was particularly kind to you or if the jury members had fierce discussions over who should win. With such a committed audience, we know you’ve probably got hundreds of memories – and we want to hear them all!

Fill out the form here to recount your tales. Please include as much detail as possible – dates, names, venue, city. Include it in the file names or in a separate document. For files over 50MB, you can email the file to us.

Once uploaded we’ll give you a call to discuss your memories!



Contestants in the 1977 Sydney International Piano competition.

L to R — Manana Doidjashvili (USSR), Nancy Loo (Hong Kong) and Vanya Elias-Jose (Brazil) pictured at the Conservatorium. July 19, 1977.(Photo by Grant Peterson/Fairfax Media via Getty Images). 

Content Types: 

  • Memories (written, typed or, even better, a recording of you recounting the memory)
  • Photos
  • Programs, ticket stubs, posters
  • Newspaper listings, articles, reviews
  • Awards received: images of certificates, medals, trophies
  • Recordings – audio and/or visual
  • Any other information you want to share with us related to The Sydney

Three ways to send us your memories: 

  1. Fill out the form on this page and upload images/ scans/ recordings/ text
  2. Post us documents, photos or anything you would like us to keep in our archive*
  3. Email us files exceeding the form’s maximum size limit of 50mb
    *Please remember to include your postal address if you’d like us to return them to you. 

Having trouble using the form?

  • We answer some of your technical questions at the bottom of this page.

Join us on the trip down memory lane

Interested in hearing others’ memories? For those who give consent, we’ll include the memories and stories via our newsletter, here on our website and/or on our social media so that we can take the trip down memory lane together. We can’t wait to celebrate the past 42+ years of the competition with you all.

Make sure to click ‘I agree’ in the form to have your memories included. You can subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get all the latest updates.

Share your Memories Here

Technical Support

Need some help uploading your memories?

Watch this 4 minute tutorial below which goes through how to upload your images to the form.


Q. I have physical photos and posters that I’d like to share. How do I get them onto my computer?

A. You have a few options. You can use a scanner to scan the images onto your computer. This is the best option as it produces the best quality files and you can name the files individually.

If you do not have access to a scanner, you can take a photo of the image on your phone or mobile device. Then, open the memory form on your mobile device, (Open your browser, type in thesydney.com.au and go to Memory Portal in the menu), and choose your files. Please describe your photos (who, when, where) in the text box above.


Q. I am having trouble submitting the form. What should I do?

A. Watch the video tutorial above to make sure you’re following all the steps correctly.

If the video doesn’t solve the issue, no problem, you can email us your memories to info@thesydney.com or you can post your documents to us. We’ll do the scanning and return it to you. Please remember to add your name and return postal address so we can mail it back to you.*

*Please note, given the current situation, there may be a delay in returning your files to you but rest assured, they’ll be posted back as quickly as we can.