The sequel of Singapore’s

International solo competition starts now

The Australian


Music Competition 



AIMC Chairperson

Assoc. Prof. Alice Waten

Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne; Head of strings Australian Institute of Music, Sydney; Head of strings & classical ensemble, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong; Head of strings and orchestral studies Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Artist teacher-in-residence. Chetham’s Specialist Music School, Manchester, UK; Head of strings.

Guest lectureships include:
The Menuhin School, UK; Canberra School of Music, ANU; Australian National Academy of Music, MelbournE. Professor Waten has given masterclasses in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Korea; California (USA); and throughout Australia. She is sought after as a jury member at both national and International competitions.
A founding member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, she held principal positions for ten years AND toured extensively throughout UK, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Alice Waten plays on a Paolo Antonio Testore 1743 violin.

The Organisers & Adjudicators

AIMC Event Director

Dr Wojciech W. Wisniewski

Organising Secretariat (Australia)

Zhu Wen


Organiser (Singapore)

Chang Hong


AIMC Vice Chairperson & Lead Adjudicator

Phillip Shovk


Adjudicator - Semi Final

Michael Bardon

Adjudicator - Semi Final & Final

Charmian Gadd

Adjudicator - Semi Final

Dr Annie Wong

International Adjudicators

Adjudicator - Final

Assoc. Prof. Zuo Jun

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore

Adjudicator - Final

Dr Zhang Yijia

Central Conservatory of Music, China

Adjudicator - Final

Duan Yike

Bei Er Man Music Institution, China

Phillip Shovk

Phillip Shovk is considered to be one of Australia’s foremost concert pianists, chamber musicians, accompanists and pedagogues. After initial lessons with Anatole Mirosznyk, he continued his studies with George Humphrey at the Sydney Conservatorium High School from where he graduated with the Frank Hutchens Prize for being the most promising performer of his year. He then furthered his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory, studying with Professor Valery Kastelsky (himself a student of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus) and graduating as a Master of Fine Arts with highest marks in all musical subjects. In 1987 he became a Laureate at the Vianni di Motta competition in Lisbon and in 1988 at the Sydney International Competition, where he was awarded the Hephzibah Menuhin Prize and the Best Australian Pianist Prize. He was awarded a Best Accompanist prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1994.

He has performed to great acclaim in Russia, Georgia, Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Singapore, New Zealand, China, USA, Spain, Norway and the UK.

Phillip Shovk has also adjudicated at many of Australia’s leading competitions including the Sydney International Piano Competition, Sydney Eisteddfod, Yamaha Youth Competition, Hephzibah Menuhin Competition and others. He has also been a jury member of Concours Animato in Paris, the New Zealand National Concerto Competition and the Singapore National Piano Competition and has taught at the Conservatoire Rachmaninoff in Paris, the Australian Institute of Music and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and is presently Lecturer in Piano and Accompaniment at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

He has released 2 CD’s – Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky on the Master Performer’s label and Mozart Violin Sonatas arranged for 2 pianos with colleague Daniel Herscovitch for Toccata Classics.

Assoc. Prof. Zuo Jun

American Violinist Zuo Jun was born in a musical family in China. Hailed as one of the most gifted Chinese violinists of his generation, Zuo has been a prizewinner in prominent national and international competitions, including the silver medal of the National Violin Competition of China in 1984, the special prize for the best performance of Chinese work, and the first prize in the China National Violin Competition in Shanghai in 1986. Also, he was awarded prizes in the Kingsville International Music Competition in 1990, the Audience prize of the American Music Teacher’s National Association Competition in 1989, and the Corpus Christi Young Artists Competition in 1989. In 1984, Zuo Jun was invited by the China Ministry of Culture to perform in Beijing’s People Conference Hall to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. In the same year, he gave a solo recital as part of “Spring of Shanghai” music festival.

 Zuo began violin studies at age six and is a graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he studied with Professors Shen Guan En and Zheng Shi Sheng. In 1988, Zuo Jun’s talent was noticed by Fredell Lack and he won the full scholarship to study with her at the University of Houston and subsequently with Berl Senofsky and Ariana Bronne.

Zuo has been a first violinist of world-class symphony orchestras–Houston Symphony and San Francisco Symphony for more than eleven years. Zuo has also appeared as soloist with many renowned symphony orchestras, such as Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony Orchestra (New York), Julius Grossman Orchestra (New York), Shanghai Ballet Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra (Colorado), Shanghai Radio Orchestra, San Antonio Youth Symphony, the Shanghai Opera Orchestra, Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, and New Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Macau Symphony, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic.

Critics have praised Zuo Jun’s performances for his musicality and technical brilliance. He was featured on “Good Morning America” (ABC) in 1990, interviewed by NHK in 1987, and he has been invited for interviews and live performances by the Public Broadcast Station of Houston (United States) in 2008 and 2010, Zuo was invited by former Defense Minister of Singapore to perform in Victoria Concert Hall, and live performance on Singapore National Television channel in 1986, and he was interviewed by the Channel 8 “Good Morning Singapore” in 2004 and Singapore’s classical music radio station 92.4FM. Zuo recorded “the Inspiration” solo CD which was released in late 2010. This CD features the works of Sarasate, Ravel and Tchaikovsky and others.

Zuo Jun currently is an associate professor and the head of violin studies of Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, he also is a guest Professor at the Wuhan Conservatory. Zuo became a permanent faculty member of the Texas Music Festival in 2007, he is also invited as a faculty member of the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy since 2010 and Saarburg International music festival, Germany. In 2016, as a founder and artistic director, he has established the 1st Yilan International Music Festival in Taiwan. He has been invited as artistic director of 1st Qing Yuan International Music Festival in Guangzhou, China.

Dr Wojciech W. Wisniewski

Educated at prestigious Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music (Warsaw, Poland), he was awarded Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney in 2015 (studying with Natalia Sheludiakova). In 2010, Wojciech was awarded a diploma from the Ministry of Culture of the Polish Government for ‘exemplary achievements in the field of popularising music of Fryderyk Chopin.’

Giving his first performance with an orchestra at the age of 11, throughout his career Wojciech was awarded numerous prizes on various national and international piano competitions, including participation in Sydney International Piano Competition in 2008. His competition performances were released by ABC Classic on 2008 SIPCA Highlights CD (

Wojciech’s students often obtain highest marks on AMEB and Trinity examinations, compete at national and international competitions, and successfully audition for graduate and post-graduate performance courses in Australia (e. g. Sydney Conservatorium of Music) and abroad.

Nearly twenty years of teaching experience, currently holding position of an Academic Lecturer in Piano at the Australian Institute of Music (since 2010). Given public piano masterclasses in China (Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai), Serbia, as well as Australia.

Wojciech’s book entitled ‘Defining National Piano Schools – Perceptions and challenges’ was published in 2016, and is currently available worldwide (

My philosophy of Teaching and Learning excellence is providing equal opportunities to all. This is demonstrated in my teaching and supervising roles by focusing on providing all students with the chance to achieve their maximum potential, and prepare them for careers as professional musicians. I focus on each student’s ability to deliver artistic expression in a professional public setting. I am innovative in my approach to teaching and learning, implementing the most recent academic findings into areas such as memorisation (using various types of memory, memory techniques, with particular attention to suit those techniques to individual students’ capabilities and talents), sight-reading (employing modern technology such as sight-reading with the audio of pre-recorded pieces, video recordings of performances), and using the most up-to-date approach to teaching technique, with particular attention to students’ physical wellbeing (combining some of the research in physiology of a human body in the context of performance, some of the techniques leading to recovery of students who already experience issues with their technique).

Zhu Wen

Australian violinist Wen Zhu was born in China and began learning violin at age five. In 1996, she was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. This Conservatory is the most prestigious in China and boasts a very high standard.

She has been a prize-winner in many International violin competitions. Since moving to Australia in 2002, she has studied at the Australian Institute of Music, where she was awarded Bachelor of Music Degree First Class Honours. She followed this with a Master of Music under Charmian Gadd, as a full scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Music. She received the highest scholarship to study at the Tasmania Conservatory of Music for a PhD in Music. In 2010, she studied for her second Master of Music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a full scholarship holder under Professor Alice Waten.

Chang Hong

Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Clarinet in 2007 and achieved the Dean‘s List at YST. She pursued further as a postgraduate and attained a Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance at YST and Peabody. She has performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of Singapore Lyric Opera. Chang Hong has years of experience organising international music festivals such as the International Solo & Ensemble Competition with more than 300 participants, study performance tours at prominent locations such as the Esplanade in Singapore and Min-On Concert Association in Japan.

Michael Bardon

As a school student Michael Bardon studied cello, oboe and clarinet performing as a member of the Pacific School Games Symphony, NSW Public Schools Symphony and the Sydney Olympic Marching Band. 

Accelerated into university at age 17 he holds degrees from the Musikhochschule Luebeck (Germany), Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz (Germany), University of Newcastle (Australia) and professional orchestral training as an academy graduate of the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany). His principal teachers include Professors Diethelm Jonas, Nick Deutsch and Anthea Scott-Mitchell, and he has received master class and chamber music instruction from international artists including Professors Sabine Meyer, Christiane Edinger, Stefan Schilli, Angela Firkins, Jaques Tys, Jochen Muller-Brinken, Markus Möllenbek and Thomas Brandis.

After basing himself in Germany for almost 7 years he returned to Australia in 2011 having performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in countries including Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Israel, Korea and Sweden.

Michael was a member of the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, Neues Kammerorchester Bamberg (now Orchester M18), the wind quintet ‘Pentaphonie’, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia and has performed with orchestras including Oper Frankfurt, Sinfonietta Baltica, Neue Philharmonie Hamburg, Mainzer Kammerorchester and the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra. He is a recipient of many awards including a prestigious German DAAD prize, a scholarship from the north German Possehl Foundation and a Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now scholarship.
Additionally he held the University of Newcastle William Bowmore Prize for Postgraduate Studies in Cello and was the 2012-14 Young Ambassador for the Manning Winter Festival.

An initial teaching position in Hamburg has led to further appointments at Newington College, the University of Newcastle Conservatorium and the Australian Institute of Music. Michael is an enthusiastic pedagogue, with student success including the Music Captaincy of Newington College, scholarship holders at both the Newcastle Conservatorium and Grammar School, frequent high distinction candidates in AMEB examinations and tertiary graduates of the University of Newcastle and Australian Institute of Music. Michael is also employed as an orchestral mentor by the NSW Department of Education and Training for their productions of Star Struck.

Holding performance master’s degrees in both cello (Newcastle) and oboe (Luebeck), Michael maintains a busy career performing, teaching, researching and administrating. He has performed frequently as guest principal cello in the Darwin Symphony, is a regular collaborator with the Australian National College of Dance, has broadcast for ABC Classic FM Sunday Live and in 2016 became a permanent member of the Sydney Metropolitan Orchestra.

Charmian Gadd

Charmian Gadd is an internationally acclaimed violinist and violist who has appeared as soloist with the Halle, Vienna Radio, Hong Kong and BBC orchestras. She played with the Bath Festival Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin and the Academy of St Martin in the Field under Sir Neville Marriner.

Born in Ourimbah, Charmian Gadd has returned to the Central Coast after an extensive career in Australia and abroad. Central Coast Conservatorium is fortunate to have her serve on its Board of Management and recognises the valuable wealth of experience Charmian Gadd can uniquely offer. Whilst her involvement with music is global, her roots are local, and she is devoted to enriching the life of the Central Coast community. 

Charmian Gadd has held music professorships at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh (10 years) and Western Washington University. She was Head of Strings at both Sydney Conservatorium and Canberra School of Music and Head of the Selective Performance Program at the Australian Institute of Music. She was a founding member of Trio Concertante and Macquarie Trio and Australian Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Through her previous directorship of the Violinery in Sydney she maintains contact with instrument dealers, makers and repairers.  

Charmian Gadd foresees the many friendships and connections she has made during her career will continue to benefit music on the Central Coast. She has an ongoing association with music education programs in China, Japan and Europe. As a member of Central Coast Conservatorium Board, she is keen to create new and exciting musical opportunities for students, staff and audiences.

Annie Wong

Canadian pianist Annie Wong’s performances have been described as “imaginative and evocative” while audiences are thrilled by her “powerhouse” exuberance. She is equally at home as soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist. Having performed across Canada and the United States, notable venues include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Koerner Hall, Mazzoleni Hall, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, and Vancouver Playhouse. Annie was the winner of the Virginia Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition, Shenandoah Conservatory Concerto Competition, Bjorn and Lori Hareid Competition, as well as the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society Scholarship Competition.

Aside from performing, she is an active pedagogue, currently holding the position of Academic Lecturer at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney as well as Piano Faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. In the past, she served as Instructor of Piano and Music Theory at Shenandoah University, and Piano Faculty at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy in the United States. Annie has taught master classes, presented workshops, coached chamber ensembles, and adjudicated competitions, festivals, and auditions. She is a member of the College of Examiners for RCM Examinations across North America.

Annie received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Shenandoah University in Virginia, USA on a full scholarship, studying with esteemed pianist Dr. John O’Conor, and graduating with The Outstanding Performance in Piano Award. She was twice the recipient of the prestigious Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award in recognition of her exceptional academic achievements. Prior to that, she received her Master of Music degree along with the Dean’s Award from the Mannes School of Music in New York City as a student of Professor Irina Morozova. Her musical and academic accomplishments were lauded as she was awarded her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada as a student of Professor Jane Coop and Dr. Terence Dawson, graduating at the top of her class. In addition to working with her principal teachers, Annie has performed in master classes for internationally renowned artists such as Alfred Brendel, Richard Goode, Jon Kimura Parker, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Craig Sheppard, Robin McCabe, Hiromi Okada, Prisca Benoit, Eve Egoyan, and Ieva Jokubaviciute.

Having had the privilege to gain precious musical experiences through such a multifaceted array of settings and roles, Annie instills in her students a lifelong passion for music-making. She is deeply dedicated to the development of artistry in today’s pianists.

Zhang Yijia

Yi Jia graduated PhD in Cello performance at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig, Germany. She is Cello instructor at the Central Conservatory of Music Middle School. She is also the founder of Yi Jia Lai En Cello Park, cello group for youth in Beijing, China.

Duan Yike

Duan Yi Ke si a Pianist and Conductor. He is appointed as the Ass. Professional of Han Jiang Conservatory of Music and Professor of Bei Er Man Music Institution.

Official Piano Accompanist

Paul Cheung

Paul Cheung is one of Australia’s most promising young pianists. He is a student of Tamara Anna Cislowska, and also completed a postgraduate diploma (piano accompaniment) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying with David Miller AM, where he received multiple scholarships. Paul is in high demand as a chamber pianist and accompanist, having recently won the inaugural David Miller award. He is an associate artist for the Rising Stars program, and official accompanist for the Sydney Eisteddfod. Paul has also had considerable success as a solo pianist, having won prizes at a variety of competitions and eisteddfods. He has performed a number of concerti including Rachmaninoff’s 2nd and Beethoven’s “Emperor”, and next year will be performing Liszt’s 1st with Woollahra philharmonic. He has performed solo, concerto, chamber, and orchestral repertoire in a variety of venues across Australia, including the Concert Hall and Utzon Room of the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, and the Sydney Town Hall, working with musicians from the SSO fellowship and the SSO. He has participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s chamber players program as well as the July season, and has performed with Momentum Ensemble. Aside from piano-playing, Paul is also interested in mathematics. In 2008, he was a silver medalist at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Madrid. In mid 2012, he was awarded a Bachelor of Science (advanced mathematics), with first class honours and the university medal, majoring in pure math.

First Round 第一轮

Online Submission 录音

Closing date (International Participants): 1st August 2019

Closing date (Australian Participants): 10th October 2019

Result release date: 15th October 2019

First Round - Competition Overview
  1. First round is conducted via Online video submission. Please note that travel is NOT required. 第一轮:录音 (无需本人到场)
  2. No age limits. ALL musical instruments are accepted. 无年龄限制。接受所有申请者
Competition Age Group

‘Hitmaker’ Section

to encourage young upcoming talents

Junior category (8-years & Under):

Two contrasting pieces from two different musical periods – maximum of 5 minutes in total

9 – 12 Years Old

Two contrasting pieces from two different musical periods – maximum of 8 – 10 minutes in total

13 – 18 YEARS

Two contrasting pieces from two different musical periods – maximum of 10 – 12 minutes in total


Two contrasting pieces from two different musical periods – maximum of 12 – 15 minutes in total

Please note that this is a mixed instrumental section (piano, string and woodwind instruments).

‘Advanced’ Section

for professional young musicians


Two contrasting pieces from two different musical periods – maximum of 5 minutes in total

9 – 12 YEARS OLD

Two contrasting pieces from two different musical periods – maximum of 8 – 10 minutes in total

13 – 18 YEARS

Two contrasting pieces from two different musical periods – maximum of 10 – 12 minutes in total


Two contrasting pieces from two different musical periods – maximum of 12 – 15 minutes in total

Please note that the ‘Advanced’ section is divided into two separate instrumental groups: Piano and Strings. There is no woodwind instrumental group in this year’s edition of the ‘Advanced’ section of AIMC.



Age category is based on the Gregorian calendar.


Submission Deadline

Video submission deadline:

  • Local Candidates – 10 September 2019
  • International Candidates – 01 August 2019


  • 澳大利亚选手 – 2019年9月10日
  • 国际选手 – 2019年8月1日
Submission Method
  1. Submission via Hitmaker Official website at:
  2. Submission by email: Please upload your video to either one of these channels: YouTube, YouKu or Tencent music and send us the link to 


    Please include your full name and date of birth. (See example below) 如果发邮件报名,请在发送报名录像邮件里注明你的全名以及生日(如图)


    Candidate will be assigned with a competition ID, and organizer will inform the candidate their competition ID once the submission is confirmed. Throughout the competition, ID will be used to identify the candidate. 组委会会把视频链接编辑成参赛者号码发送给评委,我们也会通知比赛选手的参赛号码。

Video Recording Requirements
  1. Please ensure video recording is taken in a conducive environment i.e. quiet background preferably music studio/practice room with reasonable acoustic. 


  2. To maintain integrity of the competition, video recording shall be taken without showing the face of the candidate i.e. from neck down showing body and the instrument. Audio recording is strictly prohibited. 录像时请背对镜头或只录手指部分以便选拔的公正性,不接受纯录音。

  3. Only one piece needed for recording session. 只录一首曲目
Result Announcement

First round result announcement date:

  • Australian Candidates – 10 – 11 September 2019
  • International Candidates – 10 August 2019

入围半决赛选手公布日期为2019年8月10日(国际选手) 2019年9月10 – 11日 (澳大利亚选手)

Result shall be announced via email, the competition official website, and Hua Ren Tou Tiao News letter



After the Preliminary round is complete, participants will be informed of their acceptance to either ‘Hitmaker’ or ‘Advanced’ section of the competition.

Fees & Payment

First Round Application fee: AUD$ 40


An official invoice with credit card payment instruction will be sent to candidates via email after submission.


First Round Results for Hitmaker Section

Candidate Name Candidate#
Luo Tingjun AIMC19015
William Gu AIMC19041
Jessie Xu AIMC19042
Gordon Guo AIMC19053
Mirabelle Lee AIMC19065
Marcus Shu Jie Cao AIMC19070
Eunice Li AIMC19088
Diana Yujia Di AIMC19091
Ryan Xinran Kwok AIMC19092
Jia Zihan AIMC19007
Kimberley Griggs AIMC19094
Li Helena Huang AIMC19009
Zheng Zexi AIMC19010
Gao Yige AIMC19011
Olivia Chen AIMC19017
Alicia Baik AIMC19038
Nerissa Du AIMC19044
Sophie Wai AIMC19048
Josh Bala AIMC19052
Christy Suwandi Widjaja AIMC19063
Heyi Luke Ding AIMC19069
Gabriella Wu AIMC19071
Lucas Chen AIMC19075
Lewis Bi AIMC19081
Chloe Marie Sithipolvanichkul AIMC19082
Hillary Sum Yin Tang AIMC19084
Chace Sin Hang Tang AIMC19085
Elise Pui Ka Fang AIMC19087
Candidate Name Candidate#
Yuxuan Alan Guo AIMC19034
Sharon Yang AIMC19051
Helena Tees AIMC19068

First Round Results for Advanced Section

Bojun Chen AIMC19032
Ivy Yan AIMC19033
Bella Suwito AIMC19045
Laura Jin AIMC19046
Danielle Hu AIMC19054
Hazel Cheng AIMC19078
Jayden Yang
Zhang Yunqi AIMC19001
Liu Luhan AIMC19002
Liu Luwen AIMC19003
Li Linyi AIMC19005
Essie Li AIMC19018
Jiuchun (Joy) Yin AIMC19029
Raymond Wang AIMC19049
Emma Rose Koeswandy AIMC19062
Allyson Wu AIMC19066
Macayla Wu AIMC19067
Oliver Wu AIMC19072
Guo Ru AIMC19074
Alice Li AIMC19079
Rebecca Colwell AIMC19019
Liqingrui AIMC19020
Alana Gao AIMC19061
Isabel Mei Lin Jiang AIMC19064
John Wu AIMC19073
Ruth McKay AIMC19076
Max Chen AIMC19089
William Kwon AIMC19093
Candidate Name Candidate#
Kingsley Li AIMC19047
Ling Kai Kong AIMC19050
Belinda Tan AIMC19077
Xie Yuhan AIMC19083
Qi Cen AIMC19090

Singapore International Solo Competition 2019 Winners & Finalist at the AIMC 2019

Candidate Name Candidate#
Huang Xipeng AIMC19024
Chen Xinya AIMC19025
Shi Haocheng AIMC19026
Ye Jianjia AIMC19027
Zhou Ying AIMC19028
Selina Luojia Sun AIMC19031
Xu Xin Cheng Jimmy AIMC19039
Chen Yuchen AIMC19040
Shen Xuren AIMC19043
Qian Chengxing AIMC19057
Candidate Name Candidate#
Lucas Ju AIMC19030
Ku Yu Man AIMC19035
Anton Li AIMC19037
Zhang Hongyi AIMC19055
William Chang AIMC19056
Harry Wang AIMC19058
Angellinah Xincheng Guo AIMC19059
Alan Junlin Li AIMC19060
Ping Yuan AIMC19086

Competition Rules & Regulations

Complete rules and regulations regarding the Australian International Music Competition are presented below.

The Australian International Music Competition 2019 is a part of Hitmaker organisation based in Singapore, which specializes in international contests and festivals for young and talented musicians.


The competition will take place in Sydney, Australia between 1st and 4th of August 2019.


Semi-final round:

Chapel Room Sydney Congress Hall
140 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Final round:

Salvation Army, Sydney Congress Hall
140 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


AIMC is open to music instrumentalists of all nationalities. Please see sections below for detailed information on age groups and instruments allowed.


The competition will be held in two categories:

Hitmaker Category – for upcoming talents:

Junior: 8 years & under
9-12 years old
13-18 years old
Senior: 19 – 24 years old

Advanced Category – for young professional musicians:

Junior: 8 years & under
9-12 years old
13-18 years old
Senior: 19 & over

After the preliminary video application round, competition organisers will assign participants to either Hitmaker or Advanced section.


On arrival at the competition venue, a form of a photo ID will be required to verify the age of the participant.


The Hitmaker Section for upcoming talents includes Piano, Strings and Woodwind instruments.

The Advanced Section for young professional musicians includes only Piano and Strings section. Please note there will be no Woodwind section in the 2019 edition of the competition.


All applications should be submitted via

Please include the link to the video recording with your application.


Australia-based participants: 10th of September 2019
International participants: 1st of August 2019


For Australian, Permanent Residents, Employment Pass, Dependant Pass, and S Pass holders:
– Solo: AUD$40/first round, AUD$50/semi-final, AUD$100/final
– 2nd – 5th person group: AUD$40/group/first round, AUD$ 150/group/semi-final, AUD$300/group/final
– 6th – 12th person group: AUD$40/group/first round, AUD$ 250/group/semi-final, AUD$800/group/final
– 13th – 20th person group: AUD$40/group/first round, AUD$ 350/group/semi-final, AUD$1000/group/final

Competition fees are to be paid by bank transfer, PayPal or Credit Card, by the 15th of August for overseas participants, and 15th of September for Australia-based participants.

Bank details:
– Bank Name: Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC Bank)
– Bank Code: 7339
– Branch Code: 713
– Swift Code: OCBCSGSGS
– Account name: Hitmaker Global Academy Pte Ltd
– Account Number: 713-098333-001
– Bank Address: OCBC BANK 65 Chulia Street OCBC Centre Singapore 049513

(Organisation will send email to you online payment link after your registration.)

You will receive an email confirmation after your payment has been received.


Upload a video recording of a single complete piece of music of your choice to YouTube or YouKu. Submit the link to your video when lodging your application.

The video should not be edited in any way and should present the body and the face of the performer.

Video recording should be conducted in a quiet environment. Mobile phone recordings are acceptable.

No audio-only recordings will be accepted.


The results of the preliminary round will be announced on the 10th August for international candidates, and 10th of September for Australia-based candidates.

Competitors will be advised about the results of the preliminary section by email, via the competition website and newsletter.

Successful candidates will be required to provide the competition with a high-resolution artistic photo (JPEG) for the program printing purposes.


In any age group, two contrasting pieces (entire pieces or single movement of a larger piece or cycle) from two different musical periods are required.

Please indicate the name of the composer, name of the piece, key signature as well as opus number and movement name where appropriate.

Time limits for each participant are as follows:

Junior: 8 years & under – 3 minutes
Kids: 9-12 years old – 5 minutes
Youth: 13-18 years old – 8 minutes
Open section: 19 years & over – 10 – 12 minutes

Your repertoire may be longer than required, but the jury reserves the right to stop the performance at any time.


International participants will be provided with an opportunity to practice during their stay in Sydney. The duration of such practice time will be dependent on the competition schedule and remains solely as a decision of the competition organisers. Sydney-based participants are required to organize their practising arrangements.


By entering the competition, participants agree to their stage activities to be recorded, photographed and documented and give the competition full rights to publish those media free of charge.

The musical score used during the competition must be an original copy. NO PHOTOCOPIES ARE ALLOWED.

It is the participant’s responsibility to obey copyrights during the competition.

15. JURY

The jury panel for each section of the AIMC will include internationally renowned performers and pedagogues. For the full list of adjudicators, please see our website:

Jury decisions are final and based on artistic integrity and professionalism of its members.


Grand piano will be provided on stage during the competition. All other instruments are the responsibility of participants and will NOT be provided by AIMC.

An official piano accompanist will be provided for international participants only. Sydney-based performers are required to organize their accompanist.

Any section of the competition will run with a minimum of ten participants. Competition organizers reserve the right to merge or cancel any of the sections of the competition if the number of participants is considered insufficient.

Competition organizers reserve right to cancel any section at their discretion. In case of such cancellation, the entry fee will be returned to the participant.

Failure to comply with this Rules and Regulations may result in disqualification from the competition.

Participants enter the competition at their own risk and competition shall not be liable for any injuries (emotional or physical) resulting from the participation.


Competition performances are live events and will be conducted in front of a live audience. Participants shall not request the removal of audience members under any circumstances.


Performing from memory is not required during the competition, but the jury may take it under consideration when awarding prizes.


The competition takes privacy policy seriously. All personal data collected during the competition will be used for the purposes solely related to the competition activities. A competitor may request their data to be updated or deleted at any point. The request will be complied with within 21 days following the request.


Please refer to for information regarding prizes.

Please read carefully the information provided below and note that prizes differ between ‘Hitmaker’ and ‘Advanced’ sections. The decision regarding the participation in either of those sections will be based on the video application process.

‘Hitmaker’ Section

all age categories will receive following prizes:

  • Single gold medal with honors for the best participant
  • Five gold medals
  • Five silver medals
  • Ten bronze medals

Please note: above-mentioned prizes will be shared across all participating instruments (piano, strings and woodwind).


‘Advanced’ Section

Junior: 8 years & under

  • Single gold medal with honors
  • Single gold medal
  • Single silver meda
  • Single bronze medal

Kids: 9 – 12 years old

  • Single gold medal with honors
  • Single gold medal
  • Single silver medal
  • Single bronze medal

Youth: 13 – 18 years

  • Single gold medal with honors, and $500AUD
  • Single gold medal and $100AUD
  • Single silver medal and $50AUD
  • Single bronze medal

Senior: 19 & over

  • Single gold medal with honors, and $600AUD
  • Single gold medal and $150AUD
  • Single silver medal and $100AUD
  • Single bronze medal

Round Two

Semi Final半决赛

Date 半决赛日期: 1 October 2019 二零一九年十月一日

Venue 半决赛场地: Chapel Room Sydney Congress Hall

Address 地址: 140 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia 

Competition Schedule for Semi-Final

SN Time Candidate# Name
1 8:00 AIMC19065 Mirabelle Lee
2 8:08 AIMC19042 Jingxi ( Jessie) XU
3 8:16 AIMC19092 Ryan Xinran Kwok
4 8:28 AIMC19075 Lucas Chen
5 8:40 AIMC19082 Chloe Marie Sithipolvanichkul
6 8:52 AIMC19087 Elise Pui Ka Fang
7 9:04 AIMC19063 Christy Suwandi Widjaja
8 9:16 AIMC19034 Yuxuan Alan Guo
SN Time Candidate# Name
9 9:28 AIMC19078 Hazel Cheng
10 10:00 AIMC19033 Ivy Yichen Yan
11 10:08 AIMC19080 Jayden Yang
12 10:16 AIMC19032 Bojun Chen
13 10:24 AIMC19079 Alice Li
14 10:32 AIMC19062 Emma Rose Koeswandy
15 10:40 AIMC19067 Macayla Wu
16 10:52 AIMC19029 Jiuchun Yin
17 11:04 AIMC19066 Allyson Wu
18 11:16 AIMC19019 Rebecca Yu Colwell
19 11:28 AIMC19089 Mo (Max) Chen
20 11:40 AIMC19064 Isabel Mei Lin Jiang
21 11:52 AIMC19077 Belinda Tan
22 12:04 AIMC19047 Kingsley Ying Ru Li
SN Time Candidate# Name
1 12:45 AIMC19088 Eunice Li
2 12:53 AIMC19070 Marcus Shu Jie Cao
3 13:01 AIMC19041 William Gu
4 13:09 AIMC19091 Diana Yujia Di
5 13:17 AIMC19017 Olivia Jingliang Chen
6 13:29 AIMC19094 Kimberley Griggs
7 13:41 AIMC19085 Chace Sin Hang Tang
8 13:53 AIMC19081 Lewis Shangming Bi
9 14:05 AIMC19052 Josh Huang Bala
10 14:17 AIMC19069 Heyi Luke Ding
11 14:29 AIMC19084 Hillary Sum Yin Tang
12 14:41 AIMC19051 Shuran Yang
13 14:53 AIMC19044 Nerissa Yilin Du
14 15:05 AIMC19053 Gordon Guo
15 15:13 AIMC19071 Gabriella Wu
16 15:25 AIMC19068 Helena Valerie Jacqueline Tees
17 15:37 AIMC19048 Sophie Yoke Fei Wai
SN Time Candidate# Name
18 16:00 AIMC19046 Laura Jin
19 16:08 AIMC19045 Bella Angelina Suwito
20 16:16 AIMC19054 Danielle Hu
21 16:24 AIMC19018 Essie Li
22 16:36 AIMC19061 Alana An Lan Gao
23 16:48 AIMC19083 Xie Yuhan
24 17:00 AIMC19050 Ling Kai Kong
25 17:12 AIMC19072 Oliver Wu
26 17:24 AIMC19073 John Wu
27 17:36 AIMC19093 William Kwon
28 17:48 AIMC19090 Qi Cen
29 18:00 AIMC19076 Ruth McKay
30 18:12 AIMC19049 Raymond Wang
Progressing to the Final Stage

Australian candidate who successfully progressed into the final shall meet the winners from the International Solo Competition held in Singapore in July 2019. 

Semi-Final Result Announcement

The outcome of the semi-final shall be announced within the day on the 1st October 2019. An email will be sent to the finalist to inform of the candidacy. The list of AIMC finalist will be published on the website upon completion of the Semi-Final round.


Actions from the Candidate

Upon receiving the results from AIMC, candidate is required to proceed to make payment through the HGA website to confirm his/her candidacy. A payment link will be provided to assist the payment process.

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The Competition Schedule for The Finals

The competition schedule for the finals will be prepared and announced on the official website and sent to all candidates via email. Candidates are reminded to check your emails and the competition’s official website for the next day’s finals held on the 3rd and 4th October 2019.

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Semi-Final Results Announcement

Candidate# Name of Candidates Category
AIMC19065 Mirabelle Lee <8
AIMC19042 Jingxi ( Jessie) Xu <8
AIMC19092 Ryan Xinran Kwok <8
AIMC19075 Lucas Chen 9 – 12
AIMC19082 Chloe Marie Sithipolvanichkul 9 – 12
AIMC19087 Elise Pui Ka Fang 9 – 12
AIMC19063 Christy Suwandi Widjaja 9 – 12
AIMC19034 Yuxuan Alan Guo 13 – 18


Candidate# Name of Candidates Category
AIMC19078 Hazel Cheng <8
AIMC19033 Ivy Yichen Yan <8
AIMC19080 Jayden Yang <8
AIMC19032 Bojun Chen <8
AIMC19079 Alice Li <8
AIMC19062 Emma Rose Koeswandy 9 – 12
AIMC19067 Macayla Wu 9 – 12
AIMC19029 Jiuchun Yin 9 – 12
AIMC19066 Allyson Wu 9 – 12
AIMC19019 Rebecca Yu Colwell 13 – 18
AIMC19077 Belinda Tan >19

Final Round 决赛

Performance & Award Ceremony

Date 决赛日期:  2- 3 October 2019 二零一九 年10月2日-3日

Venue 决赛场地: Salvation Army, Sydney Congress Hall

Address 地址: 140 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia  


A Date with the Masters

AIMC Masterclass

Date 决赛日期: 

4 October 2019 二零一九 年10月4日

Venue 场地:

Violin & Cello: Australia Institute of Music

Piano: Penshurst Church – St. John the Evangelist’s Anglican Church

Address 地址: 

Violin & Cello: 1/55 Foveaux St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

Piano: 2 Carrington Street, Penshurst NSW 2222, Australia

Piano Masterclass by Dr Wojciech W. Wisniewski

Date: 1st October 2019 (Tuesday)
Time: 03:00 PM – 05:00 PM


Violin Masterclass by Ms Charmian Gadd

Date: 4th October 2019 (Friday)
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cello Masterclass by Mr Georg Pedersen

Date: 4th October 2019 (Friday)
Time: 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM

About Georg Pedersen

Georg Pedersen is one of Australia’s foremost cello teachers and performers. He has given well over 3000 concerts in 24 countries, as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and principal orchestra player. He was solo cellist in The Royal Danish Philharmonic, one of the ten best orchestras in the world according to Karajan, Bernstein, Klemperer, Celibidache and Kleiber, and founder of the Dania Quartet and the Copenhagen Chamber soloists. He has recorded 18 CDs on 10 labels, and is broadcast worldwide. He has performed and taught widely in Europe, the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Asia, New Zealand and Australia, and tours widely for the ABC and the Department of Foreign Affairs. In 2011 he gave master classes at Northwestern University in Chicago and at the Juilliard School in New York.

Georg’s interest in how young cellists learn and develop has always been a main force in his professional life, and his many students win international, national and local competitions and scholarships every year. He has students in every orchestra in London, Manchester, Copenhagen, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc., and former students of his are Professors in European Conservatoria.

Georg studied with Paul Tortelier in Paris and Gregor Piatigorsky in Los Angeles, and chamber music with the Prague Quartet and the Vlack Quartet. He worked with many European composers, including Shostakovich. In Australia he has received 8 grants from the Australia Council, and has commissioned and premiered many new works from Australia’s foremost composers.

As a pedagogue Georg is up to date with the latest developments through his many contacts throughout the world, and is a strong contributor himself, as his many students inspire him to create new teaching and learning material as needed, which in turn allows them to become even better students.


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