Kerikeri International Piano Competition 2018


Tickets are available at the website of the Turner Centre or from the Box Office 09 4070260 or 0800 200411

Congratulations to the 15 selected contestants to KIPC 2018

Ahhyun Lee – Republic of Korea
Baichao Lan – China
Benjamin Goodman – Israel
Delvan Lin – New Zealand
Dong Yi Lee – Australia
Jeremy So – Australia
Katherine E. Benson – USA
Lin Ye – China
Shuan Hern Lee – Australia
Sohyun Shim – Republic of Korea
Sunhwa Kim – Republic of Korea
Yedam Kim – Republic of Korea
Yilin Liu – China
Yui Yoshioka – Japan
Zixiang Wang – China

Click here to see more details of the contestants

A brief history of KIPC

The Kerikeri competition began in 1987 as a national event, under the auspices of Kerikeri Arts.  A Trust was established in 2007 to take on the responsibility of presenting New Zealand’s most recognised classical music competition for solo piano. The competition became the Kerikeri International Piano Competition in 2012 and has since gained international recognition for its quality and fine organization.

Our Patron, New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun, has been involved from the outset and created the original competition format.

This four-day event is held biennially at the Turner Centre in Kerikeri, located in the scenic Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand. The venue has a 400 seat auditorium and all the facilities required for an event of this kind.

Since 2014 the competition has had a panel of three judges and has attracted outstanding pianists and teachers from Australia, UK, New Zealand, Austria, Hong Kong and Singapore.

In 2015 KIPC became a member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation, which supports and promotes piano competitions worldwide.

The 2016 competition attracted 62 entrants from around the world, with 15 accomplished contestants selected to participate in Kerikeri.

Alumni of the competition include John Chen, Stephen de Pledge, Dan Poynton, Jun Bouterey-Ishido, John-Paul Muir, Yeh Shih Hsien,  Alex Rainieri and 2016 winner Dong-Wan Ha.

Watch our video above