Kerikeri International Piano Competition

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.