Schedule of Events

Celebrating its 11th edition in 2019, the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition & Festival is one of Australia’s richest and most prestigious programs for young pianists.  Experience masterworks from the solo and concerto repertoire performed by 20 of the finest young pianists from Australia and New Zealand, competing in front of an international jury for more than $60,000 in prizes.

The Competition provides an opportunity for young musicians to demonstrate their skills and for you to enjoy these exceptionally talented pianists performing right here in Brisbane.

Events will take place at South Bank, Brisbane from Sunday 30th June to Friday 12th July 2019.

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The Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over 40 years. Having studied in his native Dublin, in Vienna with Dieter Weber and been tutored by the legendary Wilhelm Kempff, his unanimous 1st Prize at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 opened the door to a career that has brought him all around the world. Prof. O’Conor is regarded as one of the most important piano teachers in the world today.

John O’Conor will act as Jury Chair of the 2019 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, performing in this special solo recital to launch the 11th biennial edition.

Venue: Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Theatre Hall

Tickets: $50, $37.50 concession/student

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Twenty young pianists from around Australia and New Zealand will compete in the opening rounds of the Competition.

Venue: Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, South Bank (140 Grey St, South Brisbane)

Tickets: $17.50, $12.50 student / concession

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Twenty young pianists from around Australia and New Zealand will compete in the opening rounds of the Competition.

Venue: Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Theatre Hall, South Bank (140 Grey St, South Brisbane)

Tickets: $17.50, $12.50 student / concession

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Twenty young pianists from around Australia and New Zealand will compete in the opening rounds of the Competition.

Venue: Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Theatre Hall, South Bank (140 Grey St, South Brisbane)

Tickets: $17.50, $12.50 student / concession

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Twenty young pianists from around Australia and New Zealand will compete in the opening rounds of the Competition.

Venue: Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Theatre Hall, South Bank (140 Grey St, South Brisbane)

Tickets: $17.50, $12.50 student / concession

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Twenty young pianists from around Australia and New Zealand will compete in the opening rounds of the Competition.

Venue: Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Theatre Hall, South Bank (140 Grey St, South Brisbane)

Tickets: $17.50, $12.50 student / concession

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Our week-long program of advanced masterclasses features acclaimed national and international pianists working with the Competition cohort and Queensland Conservatorium students. All classes are open to members of the general public, with teachers, students and enthusiasts encouraged to attend.

This Masterclass features German pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim.

Venue: Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (140 Grey Street, South Brisbane)

Tickets: $22.50, $17.50 concession, $12.50 student

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Our week-long program of advanced masterclasses features acclaimed national and international pianists working with the Competition cohort and Queensland Conservatorium students. All classes are open to members of the general public, with teachers, students and enthusiasts encouraged to attend.

This Masterclass features Australian pianist Caroline Almonte.

Venue: Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (140 Grey Street, South Brisbane)

Tickets: $22.50, $17.50 concession, $12.50 student

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Our week-long program of advanced masterclasses features acclaimed national and international pianists working with the Competition cohort and Queensland Conservatorium students. All classes are open to members of the general public, with teachers, students and enthusiasts encouraged to attend.

This Masterclass features the Competition Jury Chair, John O’Conor .

Venue: Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (140 Grey Street, South Brisbane)

Tickets: $22.50, $17.50 concession, $12.50 student

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Our week-long program of advanced masterclasses features acclaimed national and international pianists working with the Competition cohort and Queensland Conservatorium students. All classes are open to members of the general public, with teachers, students and enthusiasts encouraged to attend.

This Masterclass features Australian Pianist Daniel Herscovitch.

Venue: Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (140 Grey Street, South Brisbane)

Tickets: $22.50, $17.50 concession, $12.50 student

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2019 Festival Forum

Hear from our guest conductor Maestro Richard Davis and members of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition Jury in a free panel discussion.

Presented in association with the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre. 

Topics:

1. The World of Piano playing in the 21st Century
2. Meet the Composer

Venue: Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, Foyer (140 Grey Street, South Brisbane)

Tickets: FREE event

Born into a family of musicians, pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim was described by BBC Music Magazine as one of the leading pianists of his generation.

He won the first prize at the Steinway Competition in Hamburg at age ten, and made his formal debut the following year in his hometown of Hannover (Germany), performing a piano concerto by Mozart.

A regular performer in Vienna and abroad, we are proud to announce Prof Jiracek’s recital as part of our 11th edition celebrations.

Venue: Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (140 Grey St, South Brisbane)

Tickets: $22.50, $17.50 concession / student

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The Little Lev Piano Festival is a new, national professional development program for piano students aged 10 -15 years.  This Showcase is the culminating event in the Festival series, featuring 6 outstanding young pianists performing in Masterclass with Competition Juror Konstantin Shamray.

Devised by the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board), in conjunction with Kawai Australia, the Little Lev Piano Festival is designed to help students improve their technical skills, prepare for competitive performances, and learn from their peers.

Venue: Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium (140 Grey Street, South Brisbane)

Tickets: $22.50, $17.50 concession, $12.50 student

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Experience an evening of virtuosity – four of Australasia’s best young pianists vie for top honour in the Competition, each performing a famous concerto with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of acclaimed Maestro, Richard Davis.

Davis is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and is known for his conducting of wide-ranging repertoire which extends across many genres. He enjoys consistent critical acclaim for his work, Ariel magazine writing, “Richard Davis is an exemplary conductor”, and of his work with the BBC Philharmonic, Bachtrack saying, … “his magnificently disciplined orchestra… superlative execution”.

Davis joined the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in early 2017 as Associate Professor in Music and Head of Orchestral Studies. Principal Flautist with the BBC and conductor of international distinction, he’ll lead our four finalists in a night of musical brilliance not to be missed.

Venue: Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium (140 Grey Street, South Brisbane)

Tickets: $70, $55 concession, $30 student

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