Kerikeri International Piano Competition

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Information for Competitors selected to perform in Kerikeri

 1. Travel and Accommodation

Competitors who are selected for the Competition in Kerikeri are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

KIPC has a small travel fund available to help contestants who experience problems with funding their travel to NZ. Contestants may apply for a cash contribution towards travel costs (paid in NZ$) which would be paid on arrival in Kerikeri.   Closing date for applications 31 July 2018

  • Contestants from New Zealand up to $100
  • Contestants from Australia up to $200
  • Contestants from other countries up to $500


In keeping with Kerikeri tradition, competitors will be offered complimentary home-stay accommodation with members of the Kerikeri community. Hosts assist with transport to and from the competition venue.

Please note this is for contestants only, family and friends will be able to find suitable accommodation in one of the many motels in Kerikeri. (Exceptions will be made for any contestant under the age of 16 who requires a chaperone)

Alternatively, competitors can choose to arrange their own accommodation at their own expense.

 2. The Competition Venue

The Competition venue is the Turner Centre at Kerikeri which has a 400 seat concert hall. Please go to  for more information.

 3.  Pianos

The Competition piano will be supplied and maintained by Global Piano Services

Each competitor will be allocated a practice session on this piano prior to the start of the event.

A further practice time will be allocated to each finalist on the Sunday morning prior to the Final in the afternoon.

Good quality practice pianos will be available at the Turner Centre and also at other locations around Kerikeri. Transport will be provided.

 4. Registration

All competitors must arrive in Kerikeri by 5.00pm Tuesday 25 September 2018, in time to attend the Competitors’ Briefing at the Turner Centre, Kerikeri.

The official opening and draw for playing order will be held on Wednesday 26 September at 6.00pm in the Turner Centre, followed by the Opening Recital by one or more of the judges.

All competitors are required to attend.

 5. Performance rights

While in Kerikeri, competitors are exclusively bound by contract to the Competition, which has the right, without payment of fees or royalties to:

(i) Televise, film, video, tape, broadcast or photograph all stages of the Competition for media or any other purpose.

(ii) Produce and distribute without limit, recordings of all stages of the Competition, either in whole or part, including prize winners’ recitals.

(iii) Produce documentary or feature films. Competitors must be available for media calls as arranged by the Competition organisers, and all approaches to the media must be made through and with the approval of the Competition Director.

Competition Dates

Wednesday 26 September – Sunday 30 September 2018

Prize Money

Total Prize Pool NZ$32,000  

1st NZ$15000  2nd NZ$8000   3rd NZ$4000  4th NZ$2000

Sonata Prize NZ$2500  Trustees’ Prize NZ$500

Competition Format

1.   Preliminary  Round – The Audition

A maximum of 15 competitors will be selected from all entries to perform in Kerikeri. Four reserves will also be selected (in order) in the event of a withdrawal.

Audition recordings are assessed by two impartial assessors (who will remain anonymous) . The assessors are professional pianists and teachers whose decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Those competitors selected to compete in Kerikeri will be advised by email by the 8 June 2018.

Audition Recording

  • Playing time – a maximum of 30 minutes
  • Repertoire:
    • The first movement of a classical sonata
    • A virtuoso étude
    • A major romantic or 20th/ 21st century work (the complete work or part thereof depending on the length of playing time)
  • Audition will be by video recording

The unedited, referenced and certified recording of the applicant must be submitted either online (via YouTube or Vimeo link) or on DVD by post to the Piano Competition Director.

See below for details.

Note:  Audition pieces may also be played in the Competition

Round One

  • A sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven
  • A virtuoso study by Chopin, Rachmaninov or Scriabin
  • Playing time 20 – 30 minutes

The Sonata Prize winner will be chosen at the end of this round.

Round Two

  • A  recital of 30 – 35 minutes

The FOUR finalists are selected at the end of Round 2


  • A Recital of 40 – 45 minutes

Important notes:

No music should be repeated

The Round 2 and Final recitals should each include at least three works by different composers.

Contestants are reminded that the choice of recital repertoire is an important component of the adjudication process. The recitals should be presented as a balanced programme to entertain the audience.

Competition Judges

There will be a panel of three judges:

Soo-Jung Shin – Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University. South Korea

Phillip Shovk – Lecturer in Piano and Accompaniment, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Australia

Awadagin Pratt – Professor of Piano, College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati. USA


The Competition is open to pianists of any nationality who are under 28 years of age on 27 September 2018 i.e. date of birth must be on or after 28 September 1990.

It is not open to previous first prize-winners of the Kerikeri International (National) Piano Competition

If an applicant has been taught by one of the adjudicators within the last five years, or will be taught in the immediate future, or has a family relationship with an adjudicator, they will be required to declare it if selected for the competition in Kerikeri..  

Note: This does not apply to masterclasses.

Note: They are still eligible to enter the competition

Applicants who have been selected will be asked to confirm that they have a valid passport and visa (if required) when they confirm acceptance

Biography & Photo

Each application for entry must include:

  • Biographical information
Biography About 100 words highlighting key moments in your musical career
Musical Education Up to 3 main institutions attended
Principal teachers Max of 3
Musical Awards/Prizes  
  • A current professional quality portrait colour photograph in jpeg format. – to be used for the web site and other publicity High resolution at 300dpi and A4 size (8.5” x 11.5”)

For competitors selected to compete in Kerikeri this information may be used for publicity and marketing purposes.

Competition repertoire

  • Round One – 20-30 minutes playing time
    A major classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven.. The complete sonata must be performed.
    A virtuoso study – Chopin, Rachmaninov or Scriabin
  • Round Two – A Recital with a balanced 30-35 minute programme of music composed after 1685. It should include at least three works by different composers. It must not include any music played in Round One.
  • Final – a balanced 40-45 minute programme of music composed after 1685 which should include at least three works by three different composers.
    It must not include any music played in Rounds One or Two

All repertoire must be performed from memory.

With your repertoire you must include the full title, key signature and catalogue number (if relevant) as well as accurate playing times for each piece.

Changes to submitted repertoire lists will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and only allowed at the discretion of the Competition Director


Candidates are expected to be fully aware of the rules and repertoire requirements of the Competition before submitting their application.

The assessors’ and judges’ decisions are final and are not open to appeal.

Additional information may be requested from contestants following selection.