200: The John Allison & Sydney Eisteddfod PIANO SCHOLARSHIP (16-25 Years)

FINAL Saturday 8 July 2:30pm

Venue: Sydney Conservatorium of Music - Recital Hall West

Event Ages: 16 to 25 years

Event Type: Solo

Sponsored by
The Estate of the Late John Allison AM

Status: Entries Closed

Three works must be prepared and performed from memory as follows:

* Heats: Two works contrasting in style & period performed consecutively. Total Performance Time of up to 20 minutes. (Note: These two items may be repeated ONCE in another event. Please refer to Item 7 under the Piano Category Rules & Conditions)

* Final: One COMPLETE major work of minimum 20 and maximum 35 minutes (not played in the heats). Choice of repertoire will be taken into consideration by the adjudicators.

Entrants MUST EMAIL: pianoscholarship@sydneyeisteddfod.com.au NO LATER THAN Sunday, June 4 2017, the following details or entry may be forfeited:
(a) Title & composer of major work proposed for the Final, with total performance time (No changes to repertoire selection within the fortnight before the commencement of the heats);
(b) Names of all movements;
(c) Outline of proposed course of study;
(d) A 200-word biography in paragraph format (as a Word file, not printed) and a suitable photo (hi-resolution jpeg) for publicity;

The adjudicators are given this information at the heats and entrants will be informed if a work is considered unsuitable for the Final.

1. Previous winners not eligible.
2. Event is open to any pianist who is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand.
3. AT THE HEATS ALL ENTRANTS will be required to produce proof of age and residency before they are allowed to compete (e.g. birth certificate or an Australian or New Zealand passport or a permanent resident stamp. A driver's licence is not acceptable).
4. FOUR FINALISTS AND TWO RESERVE FINALISTS will be selected from the heats. In awarding the Scholarship the adjudicators will take into consideration presentation, current level of achievement and potential.
5. Adjudicators' reports will be written for the preliminary heats only. No marks will be given on these reports.
6. The Scholarship will be awarded with $2,000 upon winning and the balance:
* For Study In Australia - Eight equal instalments over two years;
* For Study Overseas - Four equal instalments over one year.
7. The Scholarship must be taken within two years of winning and completed within two years thereafter or be forfeited. The payment of instalments is upon application to Sydney Eisteddfod with satisfactory reports of progress from the winner's teacher or teaching institution.
8. The Winner and Finalists must be reasonably available for media interviews and to perform without fee in future Showcase performances nominated by and in the interest of Sydney Eisteddfod.

Total Prize Value Exceeds $13,500

Winner: $12,000 ($2,000 cash plus $10,000 Scholarship) and a photographic portfolio to the value of $100 of performance photos taken during the Festival courtesy of WinkiPoP Media.

Finalists (excluding place-getters): $500 each.

Two Finalists will be invited to compete in the "2017 Fine Music Young Virtuoso State Final (Sunday August 27 at the Fine Music Performance Studio)". Please refer to the condition box below for more information. 

  • General Rules & Conditions of Entry
  • Piano Category Rules & Conditions
  • 2017 Fine Music Young Virtuoso State Final- The John Allison & Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship
  • Event 200 Checklist

General Session tickets: Adult $18, Concession $15

General Session tickets are sold at the venue prior to the session. General Session seating is unreserved. Correct money for our Volunteer ticket sellers is appreciated. Eftpos facilities now available. Tickets are available for purchase from 45 minutes prior to the session.


With four outstanding pianists competing for a total prize purse of $13,500, the final round of The John Allison & Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship showcases the finest talent from across the nation. Sure to impress all lovers of piano music, the program includes a guest artist and post performance refreshments.

Two Finalists will also be invited to compete in the ‘2017 Fine Music Young Virtuoso State Final’ on Sunday August 27 at the Fine Music Performance Studio. 

Tickets ordered after 22 June 2017 will not be posted; they will be available for collection at the door.
The John Allison Sydney & Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship Final ( $30.00 )Adult
The John Allison & Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship Final ( $25.00 )Concession (Children 16/u, Pension, Seniors & Student card holders. ID must be shown.)