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2019 Wallace National Piano Competition

2019 Wallace National Piano Competition

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  • Thu 18 Jul ’19, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Fri 19 Jul ’19, 9:30am – 9:30pm
  • Sat 20 Jul ’19, 9:30am – 9:30pm
  • Sun 21 Jul ’19, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Sun 21 Jul ’19, 3:00pm – 7:00pm


The University of Auckland's School of Music, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Gold Card: $25.00
  • Student: $15.00

Inspiring the next generation of pianists. #WNPC2019

The biennial Wallace National Piano Competition is a premiere platform for tomorrow’s musicians. Bringing together 15 of New Zealand’s best young pianists, adjudicator Charles Owen (Professor of Piano, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London) will select four Grand Finalists to compete for prizes totalling over $20,000.

This competition has inspired, surprised and delighted music enthusiasts since 2013.

Be part of the journey - join us and watch the bright future of classical music unfold.

In association with The Wallace Foundation, The University of Auckland, Lewis Eady Charitable Trust. With thanks to our supporters: Templar Family Office, SOUNZ, IRMT - Auckland.

Prizes: 1st Prize: $10,000, 2nd Prize $5,000, 3rd Prize $3,000, 4th Prize $1,500, Encouragement Award $500. Best Performance of a New Zealand Composition $500 (Donated by SOUNZ). Finalists may also be considered for a concerto performance plus other prizes to be announced.

Adjudicator: Mr Charles Owen (Professor of Piano, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London)

Programme of Events:
N.B. All events will take place at the University of Auckland's School of Music, with the exception of the Grand Final.

Thursday 18 July, 7:30pm
Opening Ceremony
Adult $30, Gold Card $25, Student $15

Friday 19 July, 9:30am, 2:00pm, 7:00pm
Competition Round 1
Door sales only: General Admission $10. Under 16 free. All Preliminary Sessions Pass $30.

Saturday 20 July, 9:30am, 2:00pm, 7:00pm
Competition Round 2
Door sales only: General Admission $10, under 16 free, All Preliminary Sessions Pass $30.

Sunday 21 July, 10:00am
Adjudicator’s Masterclass for non-finalists
Free admission, bookings not required.

Sunday 21 July, 3:00pm
Competition Grand Final + Awards Ceremony
Venue: Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Silver Road, Newmarket, Auckland
Tickets from iTicket from late-May: Adults $30, Gold Card $25, Students $15

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Opening Ceremony, Preliminary Rounds, and Adjudicator's Masterclass: We suggest parking in the Owen G Glenn Building (OGGB). This is the main car park on the University of Auckland's City Campus. You can access the car park via Grafton Road, opposite Stanley Street.
Final Round: On site parking available.

There will be a professional photographer on site to capture unforgettable musical moments, which may be used by the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust to promote future events and other services. If you wish not to be photographed, please notify the Front of House staff or the Competition Committee prior to the event.

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