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Sydney International Piano Competition Winner Alexander Gadjiev

See Sydney International Piano Competition winner Alexander Gadjiev in concert

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Italian/Slovenian piano sensation Alexander Gadjiev has been wowing audiences around the world, but says one of the things he is most looking forward to when he plays on the Central Coast is meeting the locals.

2021 Sydney International Piano Competition winner Gadjiev will perform a not-to-be-missed concert recital at Greenway Chapel on Sunday 23 October, presented in collaboration with the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, as part of his national concert tour. He will also be conducting a masterclass before the concert with students before the recital which ticket-holders can observe.

The 26-year-old stole the show at last year’s competition scooping half of all the prizes available. Praised by critics worldwide, he returns to tour Australia and perform at 24 different concert venues spanning all states and territories.

“Exploring the vastness of Australia this year, sharing my music in front of live audiences across the country, meeting the locals and mentoring young talent at master-classes and local schools will be a dream come true for me,” said Gadjiev.

The national tour reveals an artist on the cusp of a major international career, adding to an already stellar presence in Europe and Japan. Expect a stunning display of virtuosic skills by Gadjiev in a program masterfully crafted and anchored in Chopin and Schumann, along with the world premiere of a new work by Australian composer Colin Spiers, who won The Sydney’s ‘Composing the Future’ competition in 2021.

“The star quality Gadjiev has shown, as the deserving winner of one of the world’s greatest piano competitions, gives local audiences a sense of the extraordinary pianistic prowess that lies ahead for the tour” said The Sydney’s Artistic Director Piers Lane AO.

Amongst Gadjiev’s 2021 competition accolades include prizes for his programming skills (best preliminary round recital), audience communication (best program presentation) and pianistic ability (best performance of a work by Liszt & romantic period & classical period).

The national tour marks 45 years of the Sydney International Piano Competition (The Sydney).

About Alexander Gadjiev

Alexander made his concert debut at the age of nine, giving his first solo recital a year later. Both his musical family and the eclectic culture of his city of origin Gorizia, a natural crossroads of peoples, cultures and languages, had a strong influence on his natural ability to absorb, process and rework different musical styles and languages.

Alexander was selected for the 2019 – 2021 BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, providing major opportunities for him in the UK and is also an ambassador for the 2025 European Capital of Culture. Alexander received his Master’s degree at the Mozarteum of Salzburg, under the guidance of Pavel Gililov and his Konzertexamen in Berlin under Eldar Nebolsin. Alexander has performed in the major concert halls of Paris, Venice, Moscow and at esteemed piano festivals around the world.

Acclaimed by SBS as “one of the most promising pianists of the moment,” The Sydney is very proud to present Gadjiev as our newest laureate. The bar is set high for Gadjiev, with other laureates having significant impact on Australian audiences – we think of Andrey Gugnin’s 33-concert tour in 2017 and of Adelaide-based Konstantin Shamray who Australia now proudly calls one of its own.

These one night only concerts are a must for music lovers.


The ticket price allows admission to observe the masterclass, 11am-12.30pm and attend the recital, 2.30pm-4pm.