The Award


A remarkable wealth of collective talent and experience

The Australian National Piano Award showcases some of Australia’s most brilliant and formidable emerging classical pianists.

Unlike some other competitions, no contestant can win the Award with just one impressive performance. Award finalists must professionally perform a range of solo recitals from impressive classical masterpieces by Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and many other composers.

Acclaimed for its standard of international excellence, Award co-founders Max Cooke OAM and Darryl Coote designed the biennial Award to reveal the natural artistic talent and technical mastery of classical pianists.

The demands expected of the Award finalists are of international calibre. Past Award recipients are mature and sensitive artists who cultivate and embody great traditions to connect audiences with some of the supreme moments of classical piano composition.