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 7th, 2018. 

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Bernstein Piano Masterclass 2018

Would you like to do better in your piano exams? Get more from your piano lesson? Then 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 7th, 2018.

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: Please phone (03) 9872 5122
Bookings: Can be made Here




BERNSTEIN® Piano Masterclass 2018

  Under 12 Years 13 - 16 Years Teacher

Saturday 21st April

2pm(Completed) 3.30pm(Completed) Christopher Norton
Tuesday 3rd July 10am - 11.30am(Completed) 12.30pm - 2.30pm(Completed) Tamara Smolyar
Saturday 7th July 10am - 11.30am(Completed) 12.30pm - 2.30pm(Completed) Alison Kirkpatrick
Saturday 14th July 10am - 11.30am(Completed) 12.30pm - 2.30pm(Completed) Mikhail Solovei
Saturday 22nd September  10am - 11.30am(Booked Out) 12.30pm - 2.30pm(Booked Out) Robert Chamberlain
Monday 24th September 10am - 11.30am(Booked Out) 12.30pm - 2.30pm(Booked Out) Kenji Fujimura

Bernstein Masterclass sessions are conducted by the Team of Pianists and guest teachers at Bernies Music Land.
Please phone Bernies Music Land on (03) 9872 5122 for inquiries. 

Book online or View The Bernstein Masterclass Brochure 


2018 Bernstein Piano Competition

Junior: 11am, Sunday 7th October 2018

Senior: 2pm, Sunday 7th October 2018

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 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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