The popular Australian pianist will be Artistic Director of the globally recognised award from 2016.

The Sydney International Piano Competition has announced London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane AO as the Artistic Director of the 2016 competition. Lane is already a distinguished figure within the Australian classical music scene, not only for his keyboard skills, but also for his credentials as an experienced curator, most notably as the Artistic Director of the annual Australian Festival of Chamber Music based in the northern Queensland city of Townsville. Lane has accepted the position following the death of Professor Warren Thomson, who had been the Artistic Director of the competition since its inception in 1977. Professor Thomson sadly passed away in February 2015 at his home in Melbourne. 

Lane has shared a long history with the Sydney International Piano Competition, winning the prize for Best Australian Pianist at the inaugural SIPCA in 1977, and also serving as a jury member for the competition in 2004.

Commenting on his appointment Lane said he was looking forward to building upon the successes achieved over the competition’s forty-year history. “International competitions play a very significant role in the development of young pianists and their careers and also fostering an interest in piano music amongst audiences, an important factor for the future of our art,” he said.

Founded by the late Claire Dan, Director of the Cladan Cultural Exchange Institute of Australia, the SIPCA has cemented a global reputation as one of the major events of its kind in the international competition circuit, and was the first Australian music award to be officially recognised by the World Federation of International Music Competitions, in 1978. As a platform for showcasing the best pianistic accomplishments at an international level, the competition has a long history of partnering with the ABC radio, to allow a national audience to benefit from the great wealth of musical talent on display. Specific venues for the early rounds of the event are yet to be announced, but just as in previous years, the finals of the competition will take place at Australia’s most iconic venue: the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

For further details on the competition please visit the Sydney International Piano Competition website.