What does it take to be a virtuosic pianist?

Jeonghwan Kim recently won the prestigious 2023 Sydney International Piano Competition and is now on a recital tour around Australia.
SIPC Winner Jeonghwan Kim Photo: Jaimi Joy

Included as part of this year’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) in Townsville was a recital by the winner of the recent Sydney International Piano Competition (SIPC), regarded as one of the major competitions of its kind in the world. Accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the newly refurbished Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, a series of four concerts led up to a nail-biting final on 21 July. Announced as the recipient of the Ernest Hutcheson $50,000 First Prize was 23-year-old Korean pianist Jeonghwan Kim, who was as surprised as he was delighted.

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.