About the Festival
The Little Lev Piano Festival is a new national professional development program for piano students aged 10 -15 years. Selected through a competitive national call-out, students will take part in a series of Masterclasses, as well as performance opportunities at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition & Festival, to be held in Brisbane in July 2019.
2019 Little Lev Masterclass locations & dates:
• Brisbane – Sun, 24 March: Queensland Conservatorium – Ian Hanger Recital Hall, South Bank; 2:30pm – approx 5:00pm
• Sydney – Sat, 30 March: Kawai – 24a/6-8 Herbert St, St Leonards NSW 2065; 2:00pm – approx 4:30pm
• Melbourne – Sun, 7 April: Abbotsford Convent – Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford; 2:30pm – approx 4:30pm
The Little Lev Masterclasses are open to the public and entry is free of charge. We invite supportive and enthusiastic audiences to come along and watch our talented young performers.
Devised by the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board), in conjunction with Kawai Australia, the Festival program comprises four stages, starting with a video audition, followed by the series of national Masterclasses, culminating in a final Masterclass and performance opportunity during the 2019 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition & Festival. 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.
How to get involved
Eligible regional and interstate based students can apply for a small grant of $500 per family to support travel to festival events, via our AMEB Little Lev Travel Fund.
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.
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The 2019 Little Lev Piano Festival
In March & April 2019, the Little Lev Piano Festival invited top-performing pianists aged 10-15 years to take part series of Advanced Masterclasses with Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition Artistic Director, Natasha Vlassenko and AMEB Federal Examiner, Glenn Riddle. Selected from all over the country, the festival invited 18 participants.
Of the 17 participants who took part, six were chosen to perform in our culminating Festival event, the Little Lev Showcase & Masterclass, as part of the 2019 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition & Festival. After a Sydney Little Lev participant withdrew his application due to overseas concert commitments, a third Brisbane participant was invited to the Showcase which took part on 11th July 2019.
The Showcase included a performance by the students, followed by a Masterclass with Konstantin Shamray, a member of the Competition’s jury panel. Following the Showcase, four students were selected to perform in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition Grand Final Concert on 12th July 2019.
The top 6 participants, who were invited to take part in the Little Lev Showcase & Masterclass, in July 2019.
Michelle Zhou (11) from Melbourne
Alexander Anderson (15) from Brisbane
Andi Wu (11) from Melbourne
Kai Hasham (11) from Sydney
Edmund Hu (14) from Brisbane
Rio Sato (10) from Brisbane