Nicholas Young

Nicholas Young, winner of the 2016 Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

Announcing the 2017 Piano Scholarship Judges


Sydney Eisteddfod is delighted to officially announce The John Allison & Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship judges for 2017. It is important entrants are able to look up to those adjudicating them as mentors and learn from their wisdom, both Dr Kristian Chong and Dr Katie Zhukov have had wildly successful careers and will surely be able to pass on a great deal of knowledge. 

As one of Australia’s leading pianists, Dr Kristian Chong has performed throughout Australia and the UK, and in China, France, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA, and Zimbabwe. His wide-ranging performance schedule finds him equally at home as concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist.

As soloist he has performed with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and orchestras in the UK, New Zealand and China. Highlights include Rachmaninoff ’s 3rd with the Sydney Symphony, Rachmaninoff ’s Paganini Rhapsody in Beijing and Canberra, Britten with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Ravel’s Left Hand concerto in Melbourne (Australian Youth Orchestra) and Dunedin (Dunedin Symphony Orchestra).

Dr Katie Zhukov has taught piano for many years at the Sydney, Queensland and Western Australian Conservatoriums. The excellence of her teaching was recognised by the Sydney Conservatorium Teaching Award in 2003. Her PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2005 focused on instrumental pedagogy at the tertiary level and 
led to a four-year postdoctoral research project at the University of Queensland that resulted in publication of a textbook Sight-reading for advanced pianists (Wirripang).   

Katie has performed numerous concertos with professional and student orchestras, and presented many solo and chamber music recitals, partnering with some of Australia’s nest string players. Since moving to Brisbane in 2009 she has appeared in several chamber concerts with the Brisbane Winds.

Sydney Eisteddfod cannot wait to watch the four young pianists that make it through to the Finals on Saturday 8 July, 2.30pm at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Recital Hall west. 

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