National Bernstein Masterclass Series & Piano Competition 2021

The Bernstein Piano Competition is proudly Australia’s longest running branded piano competition.

Since 1988, the Bernstein Masterclass and Piano Competition series has encouraged generations of piano students, with performance and competition experience, outstanding cash prizes and beautiful trophies.

This event has developed with the guidance of principal members of the renowned Team of Pianists, who continue to have a great involvement, as guest teachers and adjudicators.

Please read further for details of this year’s Bernstein Masterclass and Piano Competition, including our exceptional selection of guest teachers.

How to Enter: Entry to the Bernstein Piano Competition is through participation in a Bernstein Masterclass session. Two students from each Masterclass session are selected by the guest teacher and invited in writing to compete in the Bernstein Piano Competition.

Bernstein Masterclass Series

Bernstein Masterclass Series is a fantastic performance and learning experience for young piano students. It is designed for student age 8 to 16, who are preparing for exams and recitals.

Student prepare ONE piece of up to 5 minutes to perform in front of a small, encouraging audience. the guest teacher will then offer valuable feedback and constructive criticism to help the student improve their playing. Participates are also able to hear and observe other student's performances.

When students participate in the Masterclass session, they recieve great advice to help develop their skills, plus the rare opportunity to play for a renowned pianist/educator, and valuable performance experience to help curb nerves for future performances. Students also broaden their knowledge of other repertoire outside of their own pieces by observing other student performances, which is a vital help to their future studies. Participants may be invited to compete in the National final of the Bernstein Piano Compeititon on Sunday 3rd October, 2021

Please note (Conditions):

* Due to copyright laws, performers must only use an original copy of music.

* No photography or video footage allowed.

* Enrolment close 7 days prior unless already full.

* ONE Masterclass Enrolment per year per student.

* ONE entry per teacher (QLD, WA)

Please phone Bernies Music Land on 9872 5122 for inquiries. 

Book online or View The 2021 Bernstein Masterclass Brochure 

  Under 12 Years 13 - 16 Years Teacher Junior Ticket Senior Ticket
Saturday 5th June 1:00pm 1:00pm TBA Call 08 9477 5866 Call 08 9477 5866
Sunday 22nd August 3:30pm-5:00pm 3:30pm-5:00pm TBA Call 07 3356 3299 Call 07 3356 3299
Monday 23rd August 6:00pm-7:30pm 6:00pm-7:30pm TBA Call 07 3356 3299 Call 07 3356 3299
Tuesday 29th June 10am-11.30am 12.30pm-2.30pm Tamara Smolyar SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Tuesday 6th July 10am-11.30am 12.30pm-2.30pm Mikhail Solovei SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Saturday 18th Sept 10am-11.30am 12.30pm-2.30pm Mira Jakopanetz SOLD OUT Buy Tickets
Monday 20th Sept 10am-11.30am 12.30pm-2.30pm Tony Toppi SOLD OUT Buy Tickets
Tuesday 21st Sept 10am-11.30am 12.30pm-2.30pm Glenn Riddle SOLD OUT Buy Tickets

Due to popularity, this year’s Junior Masterclasses has been sold out. Please click here to add your name to the Waitlist if you will still like to participate. We will advice you if there are any changes

BERNSTEIN® Piano Competition 2021

Junior: 11am, Sunday 3rd October 2021

Senior: 2pm, Sunday 3rd October 2021

The Bernstein Piano Competition will be held on the Schimmel Stage at Bernies Music Land, 381 Canterbury Road, Ringwood VIC 3134.

The National BERNSTEIN® Competition is Australia's longest running sponsored piano competition. It is designed to encourage young piano students and provide a friendly, yet competitive environment for students to excel in piano performance. Excellent cash prizes totalling $950 with beauiful trophies are presented in both Junior (Under 12 years) and Senior (13 to 16 years) Divisions. 

Senior 1st Prize $300 cash.
Junior 1st Prize $200 cash

The National Final of the BERNSTEIN® Competition is held at Bernies Music Land in Ringwood, Victoria and includes finalists selected from Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane Regional BERNSTEIN® Masterclasses and heats.

Students wishing to compete must participate in a Masterclass sessions and may be invited by the teachers (in writing) shortly after the Masterclass. The minimum standard for participation in the National BERNSTEIN® Competition is:

Under 12: grade 3 AMEB or equivalent
13-16 years: grade 5 AMEB or equivalent

Students will be required to perform two contrasting pieces of up to maximum 6 minutes (under 12 years) or maximum 8 minutes (13 to 16 years)

Audience entry is free and bookings are essential. To enquire or book, please phone (03) 9872 5122

Bernstein Competition Terms & Conditions

By accepting to participate you agree and acknowledge

- The student/parent/guardian consents to and authorises Bernstein Australia to take and use any photos or moving pictures through the course of the Bernstein Competition & Masterclass series, and to use those items for promotional purposes without laying claim to royalties etc.

- Photos or video/aural recordings taken by audience members are strictly prohibited during the competition

- The time limit specified (6 minutes Junior & 8 minutes Senior) will be adhered to strictly. Performances over time limit may not be eligible for prizes. A leeway for pause between pieces is allowed and considered by the judges

- Each competitor must select 2 pieces in contrasting style, no exceptions will be allowed

- All competitors must provide ORIGINAL copy of performance material for the adjudicators. In the event where the performer is using the original copy for their performance, a clear photocopy must be presented to the adjudicators. The photocopy will be destroyed at the end of the competition. These rules are in accordance with the Government Copyright Legislation, no variation permitted

- No changes in the program are allowed after the closing date

- Adjudicators shall observe proper ethical conduct at all times in dealing with competitors, teachers, and others having an interest in the outcome of any section. Communication with an adjudicator either by a competitor, teacher, or other interested party during the competition is strictly prohibited

- The adjudicator's decision on the result will be final

- Bernstein Australia reserves all rights relating to the above points and any other aspect of the Bernstein Competition



2018 Bernstein Piano Competition

I would like to start by thanking all the participates, teachers, masterclass judges and parents for making it yet another successful year of this Masterclass Series. I can report that we have had the most overwhelming response, every masterclass this year was sold out and had to be extended! I am very much looking forward to organising it for next year, keep an eye on this space for updates!

The competition was filled with international flavours this year with a wide range of piece being selected, from Scarlatti to Alexander Peskanov it covered 5 continents! The winners played to a pack audience on the day, with James Deng taking out the junior section and Steve Widjaja in the senior section. The adjudicators were Mrs. Helene Hatton and Mr. Darryl Coote. The piano used was a  Bernstein semi-concert 218 grand piano which all competitors made a beautiful sound from.

Senior 1st Prize $300 cash.
Junior 1st Prize $200 cash

With the prize money totaling over $950, the National Bernstein Piano Competition continues to encourage young performers to push for musical excellence. I will like to thank Bernstein Australia for their continual support for 31 years and I look forward to doing it all again in 2019!

Kind Regards,

Lester Cheung M.MUS
Piano Division Manager











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