Sydney International Piano Competition 5-22 July 2023

The Winner of the 2023 Sydney International Piano Competition is 

Jeonghwan Kim

Jeonghwan Kim first began playing the piano at the age of six. In the following years, his numerous first prizes in national competitions led to his admission to the Seoul Arts Center Academy for Young Talented Musicians at just nine years old.

Moving to Berlin at the age of 11, he has continued to earn extensive recognition. Since 2017 he has been studying at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in the class of Professor Konrad Maria Engel. His former professors include Kyuhee Kim, Leda Kim and Thomas Just. He has also participated in masterclasses with Jakob Leuschner, Bob Versteegh and Robert Levin.

Crucial influences on his artistic development include Stephan Imorde, Konstantin Heidrich, Stephan Forck and Jonathan Aner.

Jeonghwan has performed with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, with the Aarhus and Odense Symphony Orchestras, and has given concerts in major halls in Berlin, Weimar, Hamburg and Aarhus, among others.

Not only will Jeonghwan receive the cash prize of $50 000, he also won the Miriam Hyde Best Concerto post-1800 Prize and the Eileen Joyce Best Overall Concerto Prize.

As the First Prize Winner they will have the following engagements:

•             A national tour of Australia supported by a grant from the Bequest of Harry Colligan and Lionel Hann

•             A recital for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music

•             An invitation to be Artistic Director of one edition of Out West Piano Fest

•             A recital at Wigmore Hall in London

•             A recording on the Hyperion Records label

•             A digital release immediately after the competition and a double CD release taken from the live recordings during the competition on the Decca label

•             A concert engagement at the Bard Music Festival, New York

•             A recital for Music in the Studio Dubai Opera

•             A concert engagement for the Amigos de Música Os Agostas Portugal

•             Career development package from YCAT/CAG

Jeonghwan will give their one night only Winner’s recital across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Townsville and Perth. The tour commences on the 25th of July in Melbourne at Melbourne Recital Hall.

The Finalists

The following competitors have been selected as the finalists for the Sydney International Piano Competition. The final rounds will take place from the 18th to the 22nd of July at the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House.

This is the final and most exhilarating week of performances, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, that will draw together almost three weeks of competition and culminate with the announcement of the 2023 Grand First Prize Winner.

These six young pianists are among the top in the world for their generation and audiences will be treated to extraordinary piano playing and have the opportunity to hear and get to know these major talents before they become world names.

Piers Lane AO

Yungyung Guo

Yungyung Guo is currently studying with Moye Chen at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM). She began her piano studies at the age of four and her former teachers include Jia Xie and Meidan Guo.



Jeonghwan Kim


Jeonghwan Kim first began playing the piano at the age of six. In the following years, his numerous first prizes in national competitions led to his admission to the Seoul Arts Center



Uladzislau Khandohi

Uladzislau (Vladislav) Khandohi comes from a family of renowned dulcimer players. He began piano lessons at the age of seven


Yuanfan Yang

Yuanfan Yang is a First Class Graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (BMus) and the Royal College of Music (MPerf) in London.



Vitaly Starikov

Vitaly Starikov began his piano studies at the age of six at the Ural Music College in Yekaterinburg with Alexandrina Gerlah and Sergey Beloglazov.



Wynona Yinuo Wang

Born in Beijing, Wynona Yinuo Wang studied at the Middle School at the Central Conservatory of Music, earned her Performer’s Diploma at Southern Methodist University,



The Sydney Symphony Orchestra

As the future stars of the piano world are about to join the Concert Hall stage with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, listen to how the Orchestra is preparing for The Finals next week. 

Twelve piano concertos are being rehearsed by the SSO in preparation for The Finals!


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