Schedule of Events

Celebrating its 10th edition in 2017, 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 3rd to Friday 15th September 2017.

Click on the event title for details of each performance. To purchase tickets please follow the links below or call QTIX:

136 246 (Toll Free outside the Brisbane metropolitan area)
07 3846 4444 AEST (Outside Australia) 

Peter Donohoe is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique. In the years since his unprecedented success as Silver Medal winner of the 1982 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Peter Donohoe has built an extraordinary world-wide career, encompassing a huge repertoire and over forty years’ experience as a pianist, as well as continually exploring many other avenues in music-making.

Peter Donohoe will act as Jury Chair of the 2017 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, performing in this special solo recital to launch the 10th biennial edition.

Venue: QSO Studios, South Bank (Cnr Russell & Grey St, South Brisbane)

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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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 Russian pianist Alexander Strukov working with selected Queensland Conservatorium students.

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 Rita Reichman.

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, Peter Donohoe.

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 Phillip Shovk.

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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2017 Festival Forum: Finding Musical Personality in a Highly Competitive Environment

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

Presented in association with the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre. 

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

Tickets: FREE event

Competition Juror and acclaimed Russian pianist Alexander Strukov is a former student of Lev Vlassenko, and a first-prize winner of Franz Liszt International Piano Competition. Strukov studied at Moscow’s Central Musical School under the famous Professor Timakin, later graduating from the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory. In 1991, he won first-prize and gold medal in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest, having repeated the success his teacher, Lev Vlassenko, who had won this prize in 1956.  Many of his pupils have gone on to win prizes at International Competitions, including the Weimar Liszt Competition, Bucharest Competition, and Moscow Scriabin Competition.

A regular performer in Russia and abroad, he makes his Australian debut as part of our 10th 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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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 Competition Artistic Director, Natasha Vlassenko.

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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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 Thomas Hecht.

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 conductor, Maestro Gerard Schwarz.

Internationally recognised for his moving performances, innovative programming and extensive catalogue of recordings, American conductor Gerard Schwarz serves as Music Director of The All-Star Orchestra, an ensemble of top musicians from America’s leading orchestras, and Music Director of the Mozart Orchestra of New York and Eastern Music Festival. He is Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

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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