New Zealand’s only international piano competition is a United Nations of classical pianists.

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.

Nearly half the contestants were born in the USA, are currently studying in America, have earned their music degrees at a variety of American universities and music schools, or have performed in the United States.

Their arrival in the Far North at the end of June could be considered a newly-defined classical pianist tourist genre.