Berstein-Masterclass


The Bernstein Piano Competition is proudly Australia’s longest running branded piano competition.

Since 1988, the Bernstein Masterclass and Piano Competition series has encouraged generations of piano students, with performance and competition experience, outstanding cash prizes and beautiful trophies.

This event has developed with the guidance of principal members of the renowned Team of Pianists, who continue to have a great involvement, as guest teachers and adjudicators.

Please read further for details of this year’s Bernstein Masterclass and Piano Competition, including our exceptional selection of guest teachers.

How to Enter: Entry to the Bernstein Piano Competition is through participation in a Bernstein Masterclass session. Two students from each Masterclass session are selected by the guest teacher and invited in writing to compete in the Bernstein Piano Competition.

BERNSTEIN® Masterclass Series

Bernstein Masterclass Series is a fantastic performance and learning experience for young piano students. It is designed for student age 8 to 16, who are preparing for exams and recitals.

Student prepare ONE piece of up to 5 minutes to perform in front of a small, encouraging audience. the guest teacher will then offer valuable feedback and constructive criticism to help the student improve their playing. Participates are also able to hear and observe other student's performances.

When students participate in the Masterclass session, they recieve great advice to help develop their skills, plus the rare opportunity to play for a renowned pianist/educator, and valuable performance experience to help curb nerves for future performances. Students also broaden their knowledge of other repertoire outside of their own pieces by observing other student performances, which is a vital help to their future studies. Participants may be invited to compete in the National final of the Bernstein Piano Compeititon on Sunday 4th October, 2020

Book online below for the Bernstein Masterclass 2020 Melbourne:

Day and Date Teacher Junior Ticket Senior Ticket
Tuesday 30th June Mira Jakopanetz Buy Tickets Buy Tickets
Tuesday 7th July Mikhail Solovei Buy Tickets Buy Tickets
Saturday 19th Sept (Both SOLD OUT) Tamara Smolyar SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
Monday 21st Sept Tony Toppi Buy Tickets Buy Tickets
Tuesday 22nd Sept (Junior SOLD OUT) Glenn Riddle SOLD OUT Buy Tickets


Under 12 Years (Junior): 10am-11.30am
13 - 16 Years (Senior): 12.30pm-2.30pm

Ticket Price: $45 each

All the Bernstein Piano Masterclasses will be held at Bernies Music Land, 381 Canterbury Road, Ringwood VIC 3134.

Please note (Conditions):
* Due to copyright laws, performers must only use an original copy of music.
* No photography or video footage allowed.
* Enrolment close 7 days prior unless already full.

BERNSTEIN® Piano Competition 2020

Junior: 11am, Sunday 4th October 2020
Senior: 2pm, Sunday 4th October 2020

The National BERNSTEIN® Competition is Australia's longest running sponsored piano competition. It is designed to encourage young piano students and provide a friendly, yet competitive environment for students to excel in piano performance. Excellent cash prizes totalling $950 with beauiful trophies are presented in both Junior (Under 12 years) and Senior (13 to 16 years) Divisions. 

Senior 1st Prize $300 cash.
Junior 1st Prize $200 cash

The National Final of the BERNSTEIN® Competition is held at Bernies Music Land in Ringwood, Victoria and includes finalists selected from Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane Regional BERNSTEIN® Masterclasses and heats.

Students wishing to compete must participate in a Masterclass sessions and may be invited by the teachers (in writing) shortly after the Masterclass. The minimum standard for participation in the National BERNSTEIN® Competition is:

Under 12: grade 3 AMEB or equivalent
13-16 years: grade 5 AMEB or equivalent

Students will be required to perform two contrasting pieces of up to maximum 6 minutes (under 12 years) or maximum 8 minutes (13 to 16 years)

The Bernstein Piano Competition will be held at Bernies Music Land, 381 Canterbury Road, Ringwood VIC 3134.

Audience entry is free and can be booked below.


The 2019 Bernstein Piano Competition National Final

The breathtaking finals of the 2019 National Bernstein Piano Competition were held at Bernies Music Land on Sunday 6th October.

In 1988, Professor Max Cooke and the Team of Pianists created a competition which not only challenged students, but first provided an encouraging educational experience by way of "Piano Masterclass". This format has continued since. For over 30 years, the Bernstein Masterclass and Piano Competition Series has given young piano students access to some of Australia's top piano educators, offering valuable guidance to improving their performance. It is proudly Australia’s longest running sponsored piano competition.

13 Junior and 11 Senior finalists from both the Melbourne and interstate Masterclass heats competed for cash prizes and beautiful trophies. The excitement was raised when Bernstein Australia announced an increase in the winner’s cheque for both section by $50 each!

The Bernstein Piano Competition was very fortunate to be supported by the guidance of adjudicators, Mr Hoang Pham – award winner at the Sydney International Piano Competition, and AMEB examiner - Mrs. Judith Lambden.

The Competition Finals featured the amazing Bernstein 218 Konzert Grand Piano. Students were able to achieve a large array of tonal colours and very precise touch control thanks to the high specifications of this brilliant piano. .

There were many renowned teachers in the audience to support their students, one of them commenting that the standard of this year’s competition was equal to a University concert she had seen the day before!

The results were one of the closest even seen. It gives me great pleasure to announce the 2019 winners:

BERNSTEIN® Piano Competition 2019 Junior Division

1st Place: Tianyi Sun, 9 years old, Teacher: Betty Vergara-Pink

2nd Place: Louis Fan (Brisbane representative), 10 years old

3rd Place: Julia Rozenkova, 8 years old

Honourable mention to Lulu Yao, 12 years old

BERNSTEIN® Piano Competition 2019 Senior Division

1st Place: Nicholas Khong 14 years old, Teacher: Glenn Riddle

2nd Place: Chris Tsang 14 years old

3rd Place: Aiden Abbott 15 years old

Honourable mention Ksenia Bendrycheva 15 years old

Bernstein Australia would like to extend a very warm thank you to each of the students who participated in Bernstein Masterclass sessions around Australia. An extra special thank you is extended to parents and teachers of these students, who provide outstanding support and encouragement.

Kind Regards,

Lester Cheung M.MUS
Piano Division Manager
Lester@musicland.com.au
+61 9872 5122

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