Announcing the 32 Competitors of the postponed 12th competition

The Sydney International Piano Competition (The Sydney) has announced the 32 competitors who will be vying for top honours in its next world-renowned competition.

The Sydney, which takes place once every four years, was originally scheduled to take place from 8 – 25 July 2020, but has now been postponed until 2021. Rescheduled dates will come at a later date.

The list of competitors includes seven from China, five from Russia, three from Ukraine, Japan, Canada and Australia, two from South Korea, and one competitor each from Brazil, Uzbekistan, Switzerland, France, Italy and Hungary. The competitors range in age from 18 to 32.

The competitors for the next Competition are: Calvin Abdiel (AUS/(IDN), Kevin Ahfat (CAN), Ádám Balogh (HUN), Antonii Baryshevskyi (UKR), Alice Burla (CAN), Yangrui Cai (CHN), Dominic Chamot (CHE), Kevin Chow (AUS), Jonathan Fournel (FRA), Alexander Gadjiev (ITA/SVN), Anna Geniushene (RUS), Dinara Klinton (UKR), Aleksandr Kliuchko (RUS), Tony Lee (AUS), Dawen Li (CHN), Ziyu Liu (CHN), Philipp Lynov (RUS), Timur Mustakimov (RUS), Yu Nitahara (JPN), Shion Ota (JPN), Kyoungsun Park (KOR), Akihiro Sakiya (JPN), Tamila Salimdjanova (UZB), Wenting Shi (CHN), Dmitry Sin (RUS), Tristan Teo (CAN), Lucas Thomazinho (BRA), JunLin Wu (CHN), Ziang Xu (CHN), Artem Yasynskyy (UKR), Se-Hyeong Yoo (KOR) and Wei-Xin (Byron) Zhou (CHN).

The Sydney’s Artistic Director Piers Lane AO said, “The selection panel faced extremely tough decisions, having to choose 32 successful competitors from a field of 240 very high level applicants. We received outstanding videos from pianists of 33 nationalities, which demonstrates The Sydney’s global attraction as one of the world’s elite piano competitions. We’re thrilled with our chosen competitors and know we are in for a feast of musical exploration and virtuosity when the competition returns in 2021.”

“Even though we have had to postpone the Competition, we are still thrilled to announce these young musicians. To make it into the competitors group in The Sydney – indeed any of the great competitions – is a phenomenal achievement and recognition of their skills and artistry they have worked so hard to develop in their young careers.”

The competition consists of three stages – preliminaries, semi-finals and finals – comprising of 26 competitive rounds. Competitors will be competing for more than $220,000 in cash prizes, international concert engagements, CD recordings and career mentoring.

Details of new dates and when ticket sales will resume for the postponed competition will be released in the coming months.

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