2022 2023 National Concerto Competition


The National Concerto Competition has a new standalone website:


Ticketing for the Final has now gone live and you can purchase tickets via the new website or click the link below.


All information regarding the Competition will be on the new website or from the National Concerto Competition Facebook page:




The audience at The Piano were treated to six amazing performances from our Semi-finalists on Wednesday evening. It was commented our competitors seem to get better and better each year and our Adjudicators, Terence Dennis and Glenn Riddle commented there were at least four or five other competitors who could have easily made the semi-final!   

Please see below links to our Semi-final prize winners and the announcement of our three Finalists to play on Saturday 18th March 2023. More information about the Final will be available early in the new year.

Semi-Finalist prize winners

Finalists – 18th March 2023



Please see below attachment for the Semi-Finalists which were announced earlier this afternoon.


Semi-Final is tonight (Wednesday 7th December), 7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. at The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch

Door sales – Adults $20.00; Student/Child $10.00 – Cash or Eftpos.  Doors open at 6.15 p.m.

Come along, support these amazing young musicians – you won’t be disappointed!!



A quick reminder the Preliminaries and Semi-Finals begins next week on Tuesday 6th December at 3.00 p.m. with the Semi-Final on Wednesday 7th December at 7.00 p.m.  Venue is:  The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch.
Works performed in the preliminaries include well-known concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt, but also feature compositions by Medtner, Franck and Moszkowski. 

We are live-streaming the semi-final this year.  Click on the link below to The Piano youtube channel.   Live streaming of the semi-final will be available from 6.50 p.m. on Wednesday 7th December.


I have attached the Concerto Update for further details on timings and pricing.  Entry is via door sales and eftpos will be available. 

Concerto Update – November 2022 

Come along and support these very talented young musicians – you won’t be disappointed!

Also a big thanks to another of our wonderful funders:

  • The Elizabeth Ball Charitable Trust (operational costs)



Please see below for the latest information on the Competition.

Entries have closed and we have 29 Pianists! 

This is going to be a great competition.

You will find links to:

  • Concerto Update – November 2022 – includes dates, session times and ticket pricing 
  • Preliminary Schedule – begins at 3.00 p.m. on Tuesday 6th December 2022

Concerto Update – November 2022

Preliminary Schedule – Updated 6.11.22

We have been gathering financial support which as you all may know is vital for the competition’s survival and I would like to acknowledge and thank the following contributors so far:
Trinity College (Adjudicator costs)
The Chuang Foundation (for all prizes at the Semi-Final)
Lion Foundation (Orchestra costs for the Final)
Mitre 10 Mega Ferrymead (Advertising costs)
Meadow Mushrooms (Operational costs)
Pub Charity (Orchestra costs for the Final)
Mainland Foundation (Venue hire for Final)
Private Trust (supporting First prize at the Final)
We are immensely grateful for these contributions and we hope to build on this in the coming months.



Welcome to the 2022 /2023 National Concerto Competition which is a Piano competition.

Entries for the Competition open on Monday 11th July 2022.  Entries close on Friday 14th October 2022 and entry fee is $120.00.   The entry fee must accompany your online application otherwise it will not be processed.

Dates for the first stage of the Competition are set out below

Venue for the Rehearsals, Preliminaries and Semi-Final is the The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch

Rehearsal: Tuesday 6th December 2022  (morning and afternoon sessions)

Preliminaries: Tuesday 6th December 2022 (evening session)

Preliminaries: Wednesday 7th December 2022 (morning session)

Semi-Final: Wednesday 7th December 2022 at 7.00 p.m.

Please note: Depending of number of entries the above sessions are subject to change. These will be confirmed after 14th October when all the entries are in.

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

Rules and Conditions

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

Go to the Online Entry Form now.

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!