Kerikeri International Piano Competition

Welcome to the website of
The Kerikeri International Piano Competition

Next Competition 
27-30 September 2018 



Dong-Wan Ha    photo by Eye Creative Photography

Dong-Wan Ha returns to South Korea with the kudos of winning the New Zealand competition and the top prize monetary award of $15,000.

Don Wa Ha has been studying in the USA. He now returns to Seoul, South Korea, for a holiday and to catch up with family. He entered the award when he saw it posted on an American website and, he said, it “fitted nicely with his summer break”.

Born in 1988, he is a recipient of a special combined Artist Diploma in both piano performance and collaborative piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is currently studying in Northwestern University with Alan Chow for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree on full scholarship. Earlier this year he won first prizes in Delia Steinberg International Piano Competition in Spain and Neue Sterne International Piano Competition in Germany.

He now heads to Sydney for a two-day break and will then go to Seoul to catch up with family and friends.

Other prize winners for the 2016 event are:
2nd Prize - $8,000 - DONG YI LEE, Australia.

Born in in 1991, Dong Yi has gathered a reputation as one of Australia’s finest upcoming pianists. He has appeared as a soloist with the BBC Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and has performed across Europe, USA, China, New Zealand and Australia. He is currently studying in Belgium and working with Michael Endres at the Barratt-Due Institute in Norway

3rd Prize - $4,000 - SAMUEL DEASON, Canada

Born in 1998 in Saskatoon, Samuel currently lives in Baltimore where he studies with Boris Slutsky at the Peabody Institute on full scholarship. Recent orchestral engagements include a performance of Prokofiev concerto No 2 with the Fort Worth Symphony orchestra, and concerti with orchestras across North America. He is the first Canadian to enter the Kerikeri International Piano Competition.

4th Prize - $,1000 awarded at the discretion of judges – Yi-Yang Chen, Taiwan

Jill Cottle Award for the Best Sonata Performance: $2,500
Dong-Wan Ha, South Korea

Sandy McKay Encouragement Award: $1,500
Chanyeong Yang, South Korea

Sir Michael Hill Development Prize, a house concert at the Hills Lodge and mentoring by Sir Michael Hill, awarded to a contestant resident in New Zealand:

Jane Ji-hyun Sohn

Competition Director, John Jackets, said this year was the most successful in the history of the Kerikeri International Piano Competition.

“There was a record 62 entries this year, an increase of 15 percent over the previous event held in 2014.

“The standard required to make the initial cut was noticeably higher than in previous years which suggests those who entered are further along in their careers than in previous years. That, in turn, indicates the international reputation of the event.”

Adjudicators for this year’s event were Albert Tiu from Singapore, Jan Jiracek Von Armin from Austria, and Eleanor Wong from Hong Kong.

The Kerikeri International Piano Competition became a biennial event in 2012 but as a national event has a much longer history.

The next event will be held in 2018. KIPC Trust Chairman, Sylvia Burch, says planning for that will commence in the next few months and she expects an even stronger line-up of high-calibre contestants to enter. 


The 2016 Panel of International Judges  

Eleanor Wong  Senior Lecturer (Keyboard) / Artist-in-Residence Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

Jan Jiracek Von Arnim  Professor of Piano at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Austria

Albert Tiu Associate Professor of Piano at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Singapore

Read more…

A brief history of KIPC

Since its inception in 1987, the primary purpose of the KIPC Trust has been to present NZ’s most recognised classical music competition for solo piano. Initially a national event the competition became international from 2012.

It is held biennially over the first weekend of July at the Turner Centre in Kerikeri, located in the scenic Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand. The venue has a 400 seat auditorium with a 9 foot Steinway grand piano.

As a charitable trust KIPC depends on its Friends and Supporters for a major part of its funding.

Contribute Now  - KIPC bank details

Kerikeri International Piano Competition Trust
Bank of New Zealand
Branch: Kerikeri, NZ

Account Number: 02-0352-0058695-000
Swift/BIC/BSB number BKNZNZ22

Our Patron, New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun, was involved from the outset and created the original competition format.

Past competitions have seen a steady increase in interest and quality with the 2016 event attracting 62 entrants from around the world.

Alumni of the competition include John Chen, Stephen de Pledge, Dan Poynton, Jun Bouterey-Ishido, John-Paul Muir, Yeh Shih Hsien Alex Rainieri and 2016 winner Dong-Wan Ha.

The 2014 competition was the first to have a panel of three adjudicators: Natasha Vlassenko (Australia); Christopher Elton (UK) and Terence Dennis (NZ).

The total prize purse in 2016 was NZ$33000 with a first prize of NZ$15,000.

Audiences at the Turner Centre travel from far and wide to attend and have been bowled over by the standard of competition performance.