Little Lev

Introducing the Little Lev Piano Festival

Are you a young pianist aged 10 to 15 years? Are you looking for a challenge?

Applications are now open for the 2017 Little Lev Piano Festival, a new national professional development program for piano students aged 10 -15 years.

Devised by the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board), in conjunction with Kawai Australia, the Festival will feature a series of Masterclasses in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as performance opportunities at the 2017 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition & Festival, this September in Brisbane.

The Festival is designed to help students improve their technical skills, prepare for competitive performances, and learn from their peers in an inclusive, supported environment.

The program comprises four stages, starting with a video audition, followed by a series of national Masterclasses , culminating in a final Masterclass and performance opportunity during the 2017 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition & Festival.

All events will be ticketed, and we encourage the general public to attend.

How to get involved

We’re now calling for applications from students around Australia for a place in the first round of Festival Masterclasses to be held May 2017 in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Up to six students will be selected to participate in each Masterclass, working with Oleg Stepanov, Artistic Director of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition.

Following the national series, six of the best students from the cohort will be invited to perform in the Little Lev Showcase at the 2017 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition & Festival, in September. The showcase includes a Masterclass conducted by a Lev Vlassenko Competition Jury member (to be announced), and a performance opportunity in front of the entire national and international Competition Jury panel.

As a finale, two students from the Little Lev Showcase will be selected to take part in a special performance during the Competition’s Final Concert at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre – streamed live, online for world-wide audiences.

To be eligible to take part, students must:

  • be of at least Grade 8 AMEB or equivalent standard
  • be no older than 15, and no younger than 10 at the start of Lev Vlassenko Competition on 3rd September 2017
  • Submit a video audition of 5-7 minutes
  • Fill in the online application form and pay a $50 administrative fee

Students should apply to attend their closest Masterclass location, with those in interstate and in regional locations also encouraged to attend the city most convenient to them.

If successful in your audition, and meet our criteria, you may be eligible for a small grant of $500 per family to support travel to festival events, via our AMEB Little Lev Travel Fund.

Applications for the Festival Masterclasses are now open and will close Friday 31 March 2017.

The Little Lev Piano Festival builds on our 2015 pilot program,  providing a high-profile masterclass and performance experience for young artists as part of a prestigious national piano event.

Download our INFORMATION SHEET for full details .

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2015 Little Lev Masterclass participants with Competition Jury, from left to right (back row): Mykola Suk, Mikhail Solovei, Terence Dennis, Duncan Gifford, Piers Lane (Chair), Natasha Vlassenko. Front row: Akari Komoto, Sophie Bahana, Reuben Tsang, Jeremy Sun, Grace Sun, Mai-Lien Olsson, Sheng-Yuan Lynch.