Inaugural ACTKA Piano Competition

The first ACTKA Piano Competition kicked off with great success over two weekends in October and November 2016. The ACTKA Committee already look forward to hosting this wonderful event again in 2017.

We were privileged to have the internationally renowned pianist, recording artist and composer Penelope Thwaites AM as our adjudicator for the finals. We sincerely thank her for her wonderful work at our competition and for the encouraging and insightful comments she made to all the finalists.

Penelope commented on the very high standard and was particularly impressed that all the finalists made a beautiful sound and were focused on expressing the musical implications of their pieces.

Hats off to all the teachers for preparing your students so well for this event! We hope to see these talented pianists again next year.

A big thank you also to Hamish Tait for doing a superb job of adjudicating the heats of the competition.


Lower Intermediate
1. Victor Ni
2. Belle Andrewartha
3. Emma Bian

1. Enling Liao
2. Jin Si Lam
3. Sarah Zhu
Highly Commended: Christopher Taylor & Angela Zhu

1. Vivian Zhu
2. Vivienne Tran
3. Candice Lui
Highly Commended: Yi An Lai

Lower Intermediate ~ 1st $100 ~ 2nd $50 ~ 3rd $25
Intermediate ~ 1st $200 ~ 2nd $100 ~ 3rd $50
Advanced ~ 1st $400 ~ 2nd $200 ~ 3rd $100


Lower Intermediate winners with adjudicator Penelope Thwaites


Intermediate winners


Advanced winners



All prizewinners with adjudicator Penelope Thwaites and ACTKA President Wendy Lorenz