Kawai, the master Japanese piano-maker first became associated with Sydney Eisteddfod in 1989, where it sponsored the early Piano Duets for various age groups. From 1990 onwards, the official Kawai Piano Award was established, with the inaugural event attracting 67 entries – the most in the Award’s twenty-seven year history.
Over 1000 budding pianists of all ages have since competed in the prestigious Award, which, as a result, has fostered many renowned young players. These include internationally regarded pianists considered the best of their generation, such as Tamara-Anna Cislowska, whose prodigious talent saw her give her first public performance at age two, and Vivian Choi, hailed by Fanfare as “an exemplar of the modern global pianist”. Recent winners also include James Guan, who won the Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship in 2013, and the exceptionally gifted Joshua Han who took out the title in 2014 at the promising age of 12.
The 2015 Kawai Piano Award (Any Age) heats will be held on Thursday 9 July from 1pm with the Final on the following day, Friday 10 July at 5pm at Playfair Auditorium, Shore School.