Credit: Keith Saunders
Credit: Keith Saunders

The Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia (SIPCA) has appointed Piers Lane as Artistic Director for the 2016 Competition. Founded by the late Claire Dan AM, OBE, in 1977, SIPCA became the first Australian competition to be admitted to the World Federation of International Music Competitions in 1978. It is now internationally recognised as one of the world’s great Piano Competitions.

Piers has had a long-standing relationship with SIPCA. He won the prize for the Best Australian Pianist at the inaugural competition in 1977, and was one of its international jury members in 2004. Commenting on the appointment, Piers said “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed Artistic Director for the 2016 SIPCA. I have had a long association with the Competition and am looking forward to playing a part in its refreshment and to taking it to even further heights. International competitions play a very significant role in the development of young pianists and their careers and also foster an interest in piano music amongst audiences, an important factor for the future of our art.”

As stated in the SIPCA press release, Piers Lane “has an ability to inspire audiences and colleagues alike and his credentials as an Artistic Director are recognised internationally.  Throughout his career he has demonstrated a passionate commitment to the highest standards of performance, to the development of young musicians, and to piano music in all its forms, both standard and unjustly neglected.”