Kerikeri International Piano Competition


The 2016 Kerikeri International Piano Competition offered its audiences a feast of music and entertainment.

The Competition began on the Thursday evening with an opportunity to meet the adjudicators and discuss all things musical. This was followed by the official Opening during which the 14 competitors were introduced and the draw for playing order in the first two rounds took place. There was an opportunity to meet and mingle over light refreshments before the opening recital by two of the judges.

The Competition proper started on Friday with Round 1. In addition to a classical sonata, contestants performed an êtude by Chopin, Rachmaninov or Scriabin, giving them the opportunity to show off their musical virtuosity.

Between the morning and afternoon sessions the audience enjoyed delicious food from the KIPC Café and a lunchtime talk by Jan Jiracek von Arnim, one of the three judges.

In Saturday’s Round 2 contestants performed their concert recital programme. At the conclusion of the evening session the judges announced the four finalists: Dong Yi Lee, Samuel Deason, Yi-Yang Chen and the eventual winner Dong-Wan Ha.

Sunday began with the non-finalists’ Masterclass followed by a Junior Masterclass for local piano students.

The Final Recital Round in the afternoon culminated in the prize giving ceremony and Closing Reception.

Calendar of Events 

Thursday 30 June

Opening   5.45pm
Get to know the Judges                            
Opening and draw for playing order  
Opening Recital 7.00pm - 8.30pm


Friday 1 July - Round 1 A sonata and virtuoso étude

Sessions start : 9.30am 2.00pm 7.00pm  
Lunchtime adjudicator’s talk (free entry) 1.00pm - 1.30pm

Note: There will be 5 contestants in the morning and afternoon sessions and 4 in the evening session

Saturday 2 July - Round 2 A 35 minute recital

Sessions start 9.30am 2.00pm 7.00pm

Note: Number of contestants per session as for Friday

The announcement of the four finalists will be made at the end of the Saturday evening session.ot


Sunday 3 July

Masterclass for non-finalists 9.30-11.00am

Junior Masterclass for local piano students11.15am - 12.30pm
The Final The 4 Finalists each play a 45 minute recital1.30pm - 5.00pm
Prize Giving Ceremony5.00pm – 5.30pm
Closing Reception5.30pm - 7.30pm.

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The KIPC Cafe, run by Friends of KIPC oncel again offered mouth-watering refreshments to audience and competitors.

The Turner Centre is an impressive and comfortable venue for the competition with fine facilities for both audience and competitors. 

Visitors from further afield also have the added bonus of spending some time in the glorious Bay of Islands enjoying the warm hospitality of Kerikeri.