Rio Kai Rui

Rio was born in 1999 in Sydney and is currently studying piano with Phillip Shovk at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He received full scholarship for 6 years in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Rising Stars program.

He also has a strong interest in composition and has studied composition since 2009. He is currently studying with Richard Gill. He began his secondary education at the Sydney Conservatorium High School where he studied for 3 years. He transferred to the Sydney Distance Education High School since 2014.

In 2013, he won the 1st prize in the Hailun International Piano Competition in the 10th Shanghai International Music Festival, China, where he also won a brand new grand piano. In 2014, he won five 1st prizes (Including Open Age, Senior, Junior, 15 & Over and improvisation) in the 18th Hong Kong Asia International Piano Competition and had a recital concert in the Macao Culture Centre.

In 2015, he participated in the 7th China International Piano Competition Masterclass in Xiamen China. He was chosen to play the Rachmaninov Concerto No.3 with the Xiamen Orchestra.
In 2016, July, he participated in the American Aspen Music Summer Festival, June. He performed in several concerts in Aspen giving both solo recitals and performing chamber music. He also had one of his composition (For Cello and Piano) played.

In 2016, August, he participated in the Italy Lake Como International Music Academy Summer School, He gave recitals in two concerts in Lake Como where he played the Stravinsky Petrushka and Brahms Paganini Variations Book 2. He also performed the Beethoven Violin Sonata No.5 in a chamber music recital. In 2016, October, he won the 4th prize in the 1st Beijing International Chopin Piano Competition for Youth 2016 Senior Section and prize for the Best Performance of a compulsory contemporary piece.

He has recorded for the Sydney Fine Music 102.5 Radio Station and recently did a 45 minute recital recording for the Australian Broadcasting Commission Classic FM Radio Station. (December 2016) He played the Beethoven Waldstein Sonata and 3 Mazurkas and 2 Etudes by Chopin. He has also received many prizes from Sydney and Wollongong Eisteddfod Piano Competition and has performed many times in the Sydney Conservatorium Recital Halls.

Competition Program

Round 1 J.S Bach Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor Book 1
Chopin Etude Op 10 No. 1 in C major
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
Round 2 Mozart Sonata K 310 in A minor
Brahms Paganini Variations Book 2
Round 3 Chopin Sonata Op 58 No. 3 in B minor
Yitzhak Yedid
Angels’ Revolt, Chaconne for piano
Stravinsky Three Movements from Petrushka
Round 4
Rachmaninov
Concerto Op 30 No. 3 in D minor