Bernstein Masterclass and Piano Competition


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 on October 8th, 2017. 

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Bernstein Piano Masterclass 2017

Would you like to do better in your piano exams? Get more from your piano lesson? The participate in a BERNSTEIN Masterclass!

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

How does it work?
Students prepare one piece of up to 5 minutes to perform on a grand piano, in front of a small, encouraging audience. The guest teacher will then offer valuable feedback and constructive criticism to hlep the student improve their playing. Participates are also able to hear and observe other student's performances.

What are the benefits?
When students participate in the Masterclass session, they receive 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 repertorie outside of their own pieces by observing other student performances, which is a vital help to their future studies. Students receive a participation certificate to acknowledge the experience. Two participants from each Bernstein Masterclass session will be selected by the guest teacher and invited in writing to compete in the National Final of the Bernstein Piano Competition on Sunday October 8, 2017.

Conditions (Please note):

  • Due to copyright laws, performers must only use an original copy of music.
  • No photography or video footage allowed.
  • Enrolments close 7 days prior unless already full.
  • One Masterclass entry per student per year. Students can “waitlist” for a second Masterclass should space become available.

Enquiries and Bookings: please phone (03) 9872 5122

 


 Masterclass Sessions:

EVENT OVER Tuesday 4th July Junior Under 12 Years 
EVENT OVER Tuesday 4th July Senior 13 - 16 Years
     
EVENT OVER Saturday  8th July Junior Under 12 Years 
EVENT OVER Saturday  8th July Senior 13 - 16 Years
     
EVENT OVER Saturday 15th July Junior Under 12 Years 
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Saturday 15th July Senior 13 - 16 Years
     
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Saturday 23rd Sept Junior Under 12 Years 
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Saturday 23rd Sept Senior 13 - 16 Years
     
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Monday 25th Sept Junior Under 12 Years 
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Monday 25th Sept Senior 13 - 16 Years

 

SESSION: GUEST TEACHER
Tuesday 4th July Kenji Fujimura
Saturday  8th July Tamara Smolyar
Saturday 15th July Max Cooke
Saturday 23rd Sept Darryl Coote
Monday 25th Sept Mikhail Solovei

 


Bernstein Piano Competition Since 1988

Sunday 8th October 2017

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 $1000 with beauiful trophies are presented in both Junior (Under 12 years) and Senior (13 to 16 years) Divisions: 
Senior 1st Prize $500 cash, Junior 1st Prize $300 cash

The National Final of the Bernstein Competition is held at Bernies Music Land in Ringwood Victoria and includes finalists selected from Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Cairns and Shepparton 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:

Junior: grade 3 AMEB or equivalent
Senior: grade 5 AMEB or equivalent

Audience is welcome at the Bernstein Competition Finals and can book by phoning (03) 9872 5122.

The Bernstein Piano Competition is recorded for future broadcast on Radio and for souvenir CD production. 

All Enquiries: (03) 9872 5122.

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