2019 – 2020 National Concerto Competition


Please find attached a media statement from Michael Lawrence, Chairman of the National Concerto Competition regarding the cancellation of the 2020 Final.




The Trustees made a decision to postpone the 2019/2020 National Concerto Competition Final over the weekend.

It will be re-scheduled for later in the year. If you have purchased tickets these will be re-allocated to you once a new date has been confirmed

Please see media statement which was released today at 11.00 a.m.



Concerto Newsletter – February 2020

Please see the February Newsletter which has information regarding the Final and the link to our webpage for purchasing tickets.

A reminder the Final is Saturday 21st March 2020, 7.30 p.m. at James Hay Theatre, Christchurch Town Hall. Our three Finalists are listed below.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults = $40.00
  • Senior = $35.00
  • Groups of 6 or more = $30.00
  • Student/Child = $15.00

Come along and support these amazing young musicians and be wowed!



Here are our Semi-Finalists:

2019/2020 National Concerto Competition Semi-Finalists. Left to right: Gabriel Baird (Christchurch), Lixin Zhang (Christchurch), Ashani Waidyatillake (Auckland), Marianna Kang (Hamilton), Samuel Jeon (Christchurch) and Leon Chen (Auckland)

And our three Finalists:

2019/2020 National Concerto Competition Finalists: Left to right: Lixin Zhang (Christchurch), Leon Chen (Auckland) and Ashani Waidyatillake (Auckland)

More photos are available on our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/National-Concerto-Competition-138524480058612/


Semi-Finalist prize winners and Finalists

An appreciative audience were treated to 6 amazing performances from our Semi-finalists on Friday evening. It was commented our competitors seem to get better and better each year!

Please see below links to our Semi-final prize winners and the announcement of our 3 Finalists to play on Saturday 21st March 2020. More information to come about the Final in the new year.




Semi-Finalists Announced …..

Please see below the 6 Semi-Finalists who will compete on Friday 6th December 2019, 7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. at The Piano, 156 Armagh Street. Door sales available – Adults $20.00 and Student/Child $10.00. Cash and Eftpos.


Competition Update ….

Please see below for the latest information on the Competition. Entries have closed and we have 17 Pianists! You will find links to:

  • Newsletter “Reminder”
  • Rehearsal Schedule
  • Preliminary Schedule
  • Information Pack for Contestants






Entries for the Competition open on Monday 15th July 2019.  Entries close on Friday 11th October 2019 and entry fee is $100.00.   Late entries accepted up until Friday 18th October 2019 with an additional cost of $10.00. 

Dates for the first stage of the Competition are set out belowVenue for the Rehearsals, Preliminaries and Semi-Final is the The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch

Rehearsal: Thursday 5th December 2019 (morning/afternoon sessions)
Preliminaries: Thursday 5th December 2019 (late afternoon/evening sessions)

Preliminaries: Friday 6th December 2019 (morning sessions)
Semi-Final: Friday 6th December 2019 at 7.00 p.m.

Please note: Depending of number of entries the above sessions are subject to change. These will be confirmed in late October when all the entries are in.

Please see attached PDF for the “Rules and Conditions of entry.


We have introduced an Online Entry Form this year. Before you fill this in YOU MUST READ THE “RULES AND CONDITIONS” above.


If you require any further information or clarification at this time, please email: secretary@musiccanterbury.co.nz.

Please also see our Facebook page and go on and like it! https://www.facebook.com/National-Concerto-Competition-138524480058612//