| April 11, 2018

GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS NATIONAL PIANO AWARD

The Australian Government is providing $50,000 to support the 2018 Australian National Piano Award, which is acclaimed for its standard of excellence.

Held every two years in Shepparton, Victoria the Award showcases the great classical piano talent of young Australians and their technical mastery.

The event will be held from 3-8 September 2018 under the artistic direction of Professor Max Cooke OAM.

Pianists aged between 21 and 35 years will compete for the top honours, which lead to national recognition and concert engagements.

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum said it is great to see this national event continuing to be held in Shepparton.

“Shepparton is a regional hub for the Arts and it is great to see all types of art being conducted in our city. I am a passionate supporter of all types of performing and creative arts and I’m excited that the Australian Government can support these awards,” Mr Drum said.

The Government is pleased to support the ongoing viability of this significant Australian arts and cultural event, which started in 1992 and has evolved into one of the nation’s premier classical music competitions.

The Award has made a significant contribution to the region’s economy and promoted the pursuit of excellence in the arts.

It also provides regional audiences with access to world-class musical performances, while developing the skills of young Australian musicians. 

To find out more about the Award visit: www.australianpianoaward.com.au

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