This year’s Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition brought together 20 of the best young pianists from across the country to compete at the Queensland Conservatorium in August.

Following an audition round of 67 competitors, the finalists took to the stage in the Conservatorium Theatre for what is the only major national piano event in Australia that mirrors the requirements of an international competition.

With a demanding repertoire, national and international jury members, all rounds open to the public and the final concerto round performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the stakes were set high.

Sydney pianist Tony Lee was awarded the major prize on the evening, with Stefan Cassomenos presented with runner—up and QCGU student Ayesha Gough taking out third. Ayesha was also given the People’s Choice Award.

Established in memory of the late Professor Lev Vlassenko, the world-renowned international concert pianist and teacher, the competitionseeks to encourage young pianists at the threshold of their professional lives to develop their performance skills, increase their public profile and prepare themselves for professional careers.

The competition is held every two years in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.