While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Sydney International Piano Competition– scheduled to take place this month – to move its event to 2021, pianophiles will soon have a chance to relive the excitement of the 2016 competition and much more in a three-day streaming event dubbed The Sydney Piano Marathon. The free webcast, featuring every competitor and every round of the 2016 competition, will run across three days of what would have been the finals weekend of the 2020 competition, July 23 to 26.

“We’re excited to celebrate the 2016 musicians again, not only those like Andrey Gugnin, Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, Moye Chen, Kenny Broberg, Oxana Shevchenko and Jianing Kong who took the top prizes, but revisit the brilliant performances by all the competitors that year,” said Sydney International Piano Competition Chief Executive Marcus Barker. “This is the time our audience and competitors would have been in the midst of our thrilling Final rounds of the 2020 competition, and though we can’t be together physically right now, we’re looking forward to bringing everyone together online to re-experience our last competition.”

Lindsay Garritson

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