WALLACE NATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION 2019
18-21 July

 
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The biennial Wallace National Piano Competition is a premiere platform for tomorrow’s musicians. Bringing together 15 of New Zealand’s best young pianists, adjudicator Charles Owen (Professor of Piano, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London) will select four Grand Finalists to compete for prizes totalling over $20,000. This competition has inspired, surprised and delighted music enthusiasts since 2013.

Be part of the journey - join us and watch the bright future of classical music unfold.

#WNPC2019

 
 
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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SEMI-FINALISTS!

Celebrate the country's 15 best young pianists at the 2019 Wallace National Piano Competition.

MEET YOUR #WNPC2019 SEMI-FINALISTS:

Chenxiao Chen
Frank Chen
Tony Yan Tong Chen
Jessica Chi
Phoebe Deng
Audrey Guo
Jiazhou Conroy Hu
Marianna Kang
Michael Li
Shuan Liu
Derek Long
Henry Meng
Siyu Sun
Ashani Waidyatillake
Madeleine Xiao

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PRIZES:

1st Prize: $10,000  |  2nd Prize $5,000  |  3rd Prize $3,000
4th Prize $1,500  |  Encouragement Award $500

Best Performance of a New Zealand Composition $500
(Donated by SOUNZ)

Best Performance of a Classical Sonata $1,000
(Donated by IRMT Auckland Branch)

Finalists may also be considered for a concerto performance plus other prizes to be announced.


Adjudicator: Charles Owen

Professor of Piano, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

Image: Sim Canetty-Clarke

Image: Sim Canetty-Clarke

BIO
Described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest British pianists of his generation”, Charles Owen has enjoyed an extensive international career performing a wide ranging repertoire to outstanding critical acclaim.

He has appeared at London’s Barbican and Queen Elizabeth Hall and regularly gives recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place. Internationally, he has performed at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Brahms Saal in Vienna’s Musikverein, the Paris Musée d’Orsay, and the Moscow Conservatoire. His chamber music partners include Julian Rachlin, Chloe Hanslip, Augustin Hadelich and Nicholas Daniel as well as the Vertavo, Takacs and Elias Quartets. He also enjoys a highly successful piano duo partnership with Katya Apekisheva. Together they are Artistic Directors of the London Piano Festival, an annual celebration of the piano held at Kings Place.

Charles studied in London at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music with Irina Zaritskaya and Imogen Cooper. His numerous awards include the Silver Medal at the Scottish International Piano Competition (1995) and the 1997 Parkhouse Award.

A regular guest at festivals such as Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham, Leicester and Perth in Australia, he has also performed concertos with the Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National, Hallé, Aurora and London Philharmonic orchestras. He has enjoyed collaborations with many leading conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Ryan Wigglesworth, Nicholas Collon and Martyn Brabbins.

Charles’ solo recordings comprise discs of piano music by JS Bach, Janácek, Poulenc and Fauré. Chamber music discs include the cello sonatas of Brahms, Rachmaninov and Chopin with Natalie Clein, The Stravinsky Piano Ballets and Rachmaninov Suites with Katya Apekisheva and the world premiere of Jonathan Dove‘s Piano Quintet with the Sacconi Quartet selected as Recording of the Month by Gramophone Magazine (August 2017). His most release of Brahms Late Piano Music was chosen as ‘CD of the Month’ in International Piano magazine (March/April 2019) and ‘Instrumental Choice’ in BBC Music Magazine (February 2019).

Charles Owen is a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School in London and was appointed Steinway & Sons UK Ambassador in 2016.

Highlights for the 2018/19 Season include performances at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville, London Piano Festival at Kings Place and Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival.

@charles.owen.pianist
www.charlesowen.net


OPENING CEREMONY

Venue: The University of Auckland's Music Theatre, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland

18 JULY - 7.30PM
Competition Draw and
Recital by Charles Owen

 

J.S. Bach Italian concerto, BWV 971

Schubert Impromptu no 3 in B flat  D 935

Ravel Miroirs Oiseaux tristes, / Une barque sur l'océan

Schumann/Liszt  Liebeslied Widmung, S566a

Liszt Au bord d’une source from Années de Pèlerinage I

Wagner/Liszt Isolde’s Liebestod, S447 


 
 

PRELIMINARY ROUNDS

19 JULY - ROUND 1: 9:30AM | 2PM | 7PM
20 JULY - ROUND 2: 9:30AM | 2PM | 7PM

21 JULY - 10AM - Adjudicator’s Masterclass for non-finalists

Venue: The University of Auckland's Music Theatre, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland

- DOOR SALES ONLY -

 

GRAND FINAL

21 JULY | 3PM

Four finalists each perform a 45 minute programme competing for prices totalling $20,000.
An awards ceremony will follow - approx. 6.45pm

Venue: Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Silver Road, Newmarket, Auckland

 
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The University of Auckland's Music Theatre Parking

We suggest parking in the Owen G Glenn Building (OGGB).
This is the main car park on the University of Auckland's City Campus.
You can access the car park via Grafton Road, opposite Stanley Street.


TICKET INFORMATION

OPENING CEREMONY:
TICKETS: Adult $30 | Gold Card $25 | Student $15

DOOR SALES: Adult $35 | Gold Card $30 | Student $15


GRAND FINAL:
TICKETS: Adult $30 | Gold Card $25 | Student $15
Student Group Pass - $90
(Allows entry for six students and one music teacher)

DOOR SALES: Adult $35 | Gold Card $30 | Student $15

PRELIMINARY ROUNDS:
Per Session: General Admission $10 | Under 16 FREE
DOOR SALES ONLY - Open to the public
All Preliminary Sessions Pass: $30.

MASTERCLASS:
With Adjudicator
FREE ENTRY - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC