Skip Links

Dialog Start

11 experiences are waiting for you

Dialog End

The Sydney 2020

Sydney International Piano Competition

The Sydney 2020

Once every four years the Olympics of the piano arrive into town. From 8 – 25 July 2020 the 12th edition of the prestigious Sydney International Piano Competition will be held in the Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the finals with orchestra at the Sydney Town Hall.

32 young pianists from around the world will travel to Sydney to battle it out to be crowned the Grand First Prize Winner and to reap the accolades and bathe in the global spotlight of the music world. Don’t miss a moment of this exhilarating competition with the world’s most talented young pianists.


Tickets on sale:


General Public: Monday 3 February 2020


Friends of The Sydney presale: Monday 2 March 2020
SOH Insiders presale: Tuesday 7 April 2020
SOH What's On presale: Wednesday 8 April 2020

General Public: Tuesday 14 April 2020


Be part of one of the world’s greatest and most challenging competitions for the piano. Be there when the winner is crowned at the 2020 Sydney International Piano Competition.


The Competition:

Classical Music

The Sydney 2020 Preliminaries

09 Jul 2020 - 13 Jul 2020

Audiences will hear all 32 international and Australian competitors in a wide and varied program made up of two solo recitals of 20 and 30 minutes.
Exhilarating Compelling Entertaining
Classical Music

The Sydney 2020 Semi Finals

15 Jul 2020 - 18 Jul 2020

The Semi Final stage combines a solo recital and a chamber music round with British violinist Jack Liebeck or Chinese-Australian cellist Li-Wei Qin.
Exhilarating Compelling Entertaining
Classical Music

The Sydney 2020 Finals

21 Jul 2020 - 25 Jul 2020

The Finals week brings the six finalists together with the Brisbane Camerata and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, before the 2020 winner is announced.
Exhilarating Compelling Entertaining

Special Events:

Classical Music

The Sydney 2020 Opening Gala

8 Jul 2020

Experience the magic and glamour of the official opening night gala concert, rich with the pianistic talents of the internationally acclaimed jury for the ensuing competition.
Exhilarating Compelling Entertaining
Classical Music

The Sydney 2020 Winner's Recital

30 Jul 2020

An exciting culmination of almost three weeks of gruelling competition, the debut recital of the 2020 First Prize winner is not to be missed.
Exhilarating Compelling Entertaining
Classical Music

The Sydney 2020 The Winners Return

18 Oct 2020

Six magical performances for audiences to relive the performances of the six 2020 competition finalists. A moment to shine and a moment for collective brilliance.
Exhilarating Compelling Entertaining