FAZIOLI Pianos are joining the world-class
Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia
July 6 to 23, 2016

In a recent announcement, all rounds of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia will be Live Streamed to a worldwide audience.

The Live Streaming of all rounds, including the Opening Gala Concert, will be free and the stream will be able to be accessed on this website on the day of the first concert:

(starting on July 6th, 7:30pm, AEST)

If you are interested in finding more about the Opening Concert programme, please visit:

FAZIOLI is included in the line-up of four alternative instruments to be used during the 2016 competition, the first four rounds of which will be held in the lovely Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium, the final two concerto rounds in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, accompanied by the Sydney Symphony. A number of changes to the competition was conceived by Artistic Director Piers Lane AO, in format and repertoire. One of them is about the way the pianos will be used, in order to make the competition as fair as possible to everybody involved. The four piano brands to be used during the competition will be Yamaha, Fazioli, Kawai and Steinway. There will be 32 competitors and they will be divided into four groups of eight. The piano brand names were put into a hat: the first drawn out is Yamaha, that will be the first piano to be used in Round 1. Therefore, the first eight competitors will play that instrument, the next eight the next piano alphabetically on the list, FAZIOLI, the next eight Kawai and the final eight players Steinway. All competitors also play Round 2, so in that round, the first eight pianists will play the second piano on their list (in alphabetical order of brand names), the next eight their next piano etc. By the end of the first two rounds, which all 32 competitors play, all four pianos will have been heard totally equally and all competitors will have played on two different pianos.
Twelve competitors will be selected to play in the semifinals, which will consist of one 65 minutes-long recital and a separate concert of chamber music. The players will go on to play the third and fourth pianos on their list. Then for the two concertos in the finals, the six finalists will be allowed to play whichever piano or pianos they choose for the two concertos (one eighteenth-century, one Romantic/Modern) ­ having won through to that final stage by playing all four pianos in the preceding four rounds.

It happens always more frequently to meet FAZIOLI pianos at major international competitions. The Italian concert grands have already appeared more than once at the “Chopin” Competition in Warsaw, the “Tchaikovsky” Competition in Moscow, the “Rubinstein” Competition in Tel Aviv and the “Honens” in Calgary.
Now, great expectation is growing around the next adventure: FAZIOLI pianos are landing for the very first time at the prestigious Sydney International Piano Competition (from July 6th to 23rd).
FAZIOLI immediately accepted the invitation coming months ago from the Artistic Director of the Competition, Maestro Pierce Lane AO, to join the team of four piano makers that will support the several steps of the competition, which will see the finest young pianists from around the globe travel to Sydney.
This internationally renowned contest, considered one of the world’s great piano competitions, takes place every four years and has experienced record growth in 2016 with 283 nominees – nearly doubling the previous field of applicants in 2012 – which sets the bar incredibly high for the pre-selections.
During the Competition, FAZIOLI will operate through its Australian Dealer, Zenith Music, and the best local FAZIOLI technicians (Mr. David Kinney assisted by Mr. Paul Tunzi). Representatives of the FAZIOLI team will be coming from Europe as well.
The concert grand F278 destined to be on stage for the Competition has already been selected at the factory and will leave Italy by the middle of May.

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FAZIOLI has been producing grand and concert grand pianos since 1981. Passion for music and scientific knowledge, artisanship of the highest level, a firm commitment to technological research and strict selection of the finest materials: these are the main elements required for the production of a Fazioli piano.
The Fazioli factory is located in Sacile, 60 Km (35 miles) northeast of Venice, in northeastern Italy, an area renowned for its ancient and prestigious tradition in woodworking.
Sophisticated manufacturing techniques, cutting-edge technology, woods of the highest quality and first-rate components are used by the Fazioli technicians, a group of highly qualified and committed artisans, who work passionately each day to create their works of art. The entire production process, from the initial material selection to the finished product, takes approximately three years and 1000 hours of highly specialized artisan work.
As reported by “The Economist” in 2003, FAZIOLI pianos are considered by many pianists to be among the best pianos in the world. Indeed, an ever-increasing number of internationally renowned artists are choosing Fazioli pianos in concert halls, conservatories, competitions, and recording studios worldwide.
Today, production fluctuates between 130 and 140 units per year and the manufacturing facilities are now under work of expansion. The ongoing cooperation with prestigious university institutes on research and development projects is testament to the company’s continuous commitment to the improvement of its products.
Fazioli refuses to impose any kind of limitations on Artists, convinced that they should have the freedom to choose on which instrument to play, based purely on the belief that it is the best vehicle to express their talent. For this reason, Fazioli has always been opposed to signing exclusivity contracts with artists, preferring instead to establish reciprocal partnerships for the sake of upholding artistic standards, which should always take precedence over commercial considerations.
The famous Juilliard School, New York, has recently bought a Fazioli concert piano. For the first time this institution – which is considered among the most important in the world for high-level musical training – has broken the monopoly it had with another historic brand for more than 80 years. The FAZIOLI pianos are on stage also at prestigious Theatres, as the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Palace of Arts in Budapest, the Beijing Grand Theatre in China, to mention just few of them. The Fazioli “institutions’ list” includes a remarkable number of schools, like the Paris Conservatoire, the Music Departments at the Universities of Vienna, Graz and Salzburg, the Colburn School in Los Angeles and many others. The Purcell School in London has been nominated as the first “FAZIOLI Centre of Excellence”, as it is provided with FAZIOLI pianos in its performance rooms.
Since June 2011, each Fazioli piano is built saving 1 ton of carbon dioxide thanks to the use of electricity produced by the new photovoltaic system installed on the roof of the Fazioli factory.
The works for the expansion of the piano manufacturing facilities are on the way to be completed, in order to almost double the production area and reach the goal of 150-170 pianos per year in the future.


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Chamber Music Northwest Master Class with Gilles Vonsattel

Friday, July 8th  •  7 pm
Free • Open to Public

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David Salminen“Earth—You Are Here”
David Salminen, Piano Improvisations

Sunday, July 10th  •  3–4:30 pm
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Robyn CarmichaelRobyn Carmichael Classical Piano Concert

Saturday, July 23rd  •  4 pm
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