Little Lev

Introducing the Little Lev Piano Festival

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

The Little Lev Piano Festival kicks-off May 2017 with a series of advanced Masterclasses for outstanding young pianists. 

Selected through a national competitive process, students in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney will participate in an advanced class with Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition Artistic Director, Oleg Stepanov.

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.


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 2017 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition & Festival, this September in Brisbane.

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 2017 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition & Festival.

Applications have now closed for 2017. 

How to get involved

Come along to one of our Festival Masterclasses to be held May 2017 in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Up to six students will participate in each Masterclass, working with Oleg Stepanov, Artistic Director of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition. Aspiring pianists, their teachers and families are welcome to attend.

Following the national series, six of the best students from the national 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.

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 .

Little Lev
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.