The Australian National Piano Award, held biennially, selects from the best young pianists aged between 21 and 35, who will perform live recitals each day and night in the magnificent Eastbank concert hall in Shepparton.
The pianists must be Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, or persons who have been resident in Australia for at least four of the five years prior to the closing date of the applications.
Auditions are carried out by the three adjudicators from submitted compact discs and usually, not more than 12 are selected to compete.
Applications are received from nearly all Australian states and territories.
Contestants perform four 40 to 45 minute recitals during the week of the Award and must select works from the following repertoire groupings:
- Baroque music up to and including Johann Sebastian Bach.
- Classical music subsequent to Bach, including the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert.
- Romantic music from the 19th century, excluding that of Beethoven or Schubert.
- French impressionist music and all the music of the 20th century up to 1950.
- Music composed after 1950.
- All entrants must include one Australian work.