Artistic Director

A message from Wendy Lorenz.

Founding Artistic Director, Professor Max Cooke OAM, expressed his hope and belief that it will be the winners of this Award who will help to keep the great traditions of music alive in the future.

The Award places emphasis on the performer’s ability to engage on the deepest level with the masterworks of our rich piano literature.

I will continue to echo these sentiments and I believe his hopes have been realised based on our outstanding list of successful past recipients.

I’m very much looking forward to experiencing the fine performances that have become the hallmark of this highly important and artistically relevant competition.

Wendy Lorenz
Australian National Piano Award
Artistic Director

  • Wendy Lorenz

    Wendy Lorenz

    A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Wendy Lorenz has performed throughout Australia and internationally with the New England Ensemble, Australian Piano Trio, Young Sydney Piano Trio, Phoenix Ensemble and Trio Empyrean.

    She has appeared as concerto soloist with many of Australia’s leading orchestras and featured as soloist on commercial releases with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.

    As a music educator, she has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, South Australian College of Advanced Education, Australian National University, University of New England and University of Southern Queensland, where she was Head of Music (2000 – 2004).

    An experienced presenter of workshops, master classes and piano teaching seminars (including guest residencies in China, Singapore, Malaysia and America), she has served as National Chair of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference Committee and is an accredited Federal Examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board.