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 5:00pm
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.
Download our INFORMATION SHEET for full details.
The 2017 Little Lev Piano Festival
In May 2017, 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, Oleg Stepanov. The festival received over 30 applications, with 18 participants selected from all over the country including Perth, Tasmania, and North Queensland.
Of the 18 participants who took part, six were chosen to participate in our culminating Festival event, the Little Lev Showcase & Masterclass, which was held in September 2017, as part of the 2017 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition & Festival.
The Showcase included a performance by the students, followed by a Masterclass with a member of the Competition’s jury panel. Following the Showcase, two students were selected to perform in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition Grand Final Concert.
The top 6 participants, who were invited to take part in the Little Lev Showcase & Masterclass, in September 2017.
Chris Tsang (12) from Melbourne
Emily Zhou (15) from Sydney
Fiona Feng (10) from Sydney
Jeremy Sun (11) from Brisbane
Joshua Noronha (15) from Perth
Rae-Yue Pung (13) Australian born, Singapore based