New Zealand’s Classical Piano Competition Demonstrates A Healthy Asian Influence

The entry deadline for New Zealand’s only international piano competition is just one week away and already there is considerable interest from Asia.

John Jackets, Competition Director for the Kerikeri International Piano Competition, says countries such as Malaysia, China, Taiwan and South Korea have always been well represented.

“A high proportion of entrants are from the Asian region. In fact, Xuan He from China was a finalist in 2014 and Yeh Shih Hsien of Taiwan the winner in 2012.”

Singapore’s Albert Tiu is one of three people chosen to adjudicate in this year’s KIPC to be held from June 30th to July 3rd inclusive.

Mr Tiu is Associate Professor of Piano at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, University of Singapore. He was born in Cebu in the Philippines, studied piano at the University of the Philippines College of Music and at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and has a Masters of Music degree from the Julliard School in New York. He moved to Singapore in 2003.

It’s not Mr Tiu’s first visit to New Zealand.  He taught and performed at Victoria University in Wellington and was sole Adjudicator for the Kerikeri National Piano Competition in 2010, before it became an international event. This year he is joined by two other Adjudicators – Eleanor Wong from Hong Kong and Jan Jiracek von Arnim from Austria.

“I am glad that the competition has grown in reputation to warrant having three adjudicators, which is a most welcome development. I remember having a good time in Kerikeri, and enjoyed listening to the high level performances, particularly from the performers I deemed as winners,” he said.

“And it’s great for New Zealand to have a competition like Kerikeri because it puts the country on the map for musicians. For contestants it can be a confidence booster and a stepping stone for something bigger.”

Entries to the Kerikeri International Piano Competition close at midnight (New Zealand time) on 11th March, 2016.