Kerikeri International Piano Competition

News & Reviews

The entry deadline for New Zealand’s only international piano competition is just one week away and already there is considerable interest from Asia. John Jackets, Competition Director for the Kerikeri International Piano Competition, says countries such as Malaysia, China, Taiwan and South Korea have always been well represented.>> read more
Nine countries are represented among the final 15 contestants. Of those, four call Australia home, two are each from South Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand, and one each from USA, Ukraine, Canada, China and Hong Kong.>> read more

Aspiring music students refer to them as Julliard, Curtis or Oberlin, but these names signify the top music schools in the US and the world. It was against an international field of young pianists from such premier institutions, and other young Australians and New Zealanders of comparable local pedigree that Alex Raineri emerged as this year’s winner of the Kerikeri International Piano Competition.

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Just returned from the 2014 KIPC, I ponder what has kept me coming back to it time after time and now, from some distance. Why do I? Because it is so worth it!

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The recital given by ‘Estrella’ on Saturday, 10 August was a sell out. The quartet from Auckland provided a musical experience which will be long remembered by the large and highly appreciative audience at the Turner Centre. Performing on two grand pianos, Lorelle McNaughton, Somi Kim, Cindy Tsao and Judy Lee...

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