KIPC 2016 : 30 June to 3 July
The panel of international adjudicators for KIPC 2016
Eleanor Wong Senior Lecturer (Keyboard) / Artist-in-Residence Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
Jan Jiracek Von Arnim Professor of Piano at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Austria
Albert Tiu Associate Professor of Piano at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Singapore
A brief history of KIPC
Since its inception in 1987, the primary purpose of the KIPC Trust has been to present NZ’s most recognised classical music competition for solo piano. Initially a national event the competition became international from 2012.
It is held biennially over the first weekend of July at the Turner Centre in Kerikeri, located in the scenic Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand. The venue has a 400 seat auditorium with a 9 foot Steinway grand piano.
Our Patron, New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun, was involved from the outset and created the original competition format.
Past competitions have seen a steady increase in interest and quality with the 2014 event attracting 54 entrants from around the world.
Alumni of the competition include John Chen, Stephen de Pledge, Dan Poynton, Jun Bouterey-Ishido, John-Paul Muir, Yeh Shih Hsien and 2014 winner Alex Rainieri.
The 2014 competition was the first to have a panel of three adjudicators: Natasha Vlassenko (Australia); Christopher Elton (UK) and Terence Dennis (NZ).
The total prize purse was NZ$30000 with a first prize of NZ$15000.
Audiences at the Turner Centre have grown steadily in numbers, with the 2014 event exceeding 1200. Music enthusiasts have been bowled over by the standard of competition performance and travelled from far and wide to attend.