|Message from the Chairman|
It's a great pleasure to welcome you to the 8th biennial Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and Festival. Sixty-seven contestants have been auditioned and 20 of those are in Brisbane for this year's competition. We are proud that the competition not only finds the best young pianists in the country, but that it also brings together the outstandingly accomplished members of the jury with the next generation of concert pianists. It is a privilege for the Conservatorium Orchestra to work with a person of the calibre of John Lill to present the opening concert and for us to hear recitals by members of the jury, and masterclassesby them with promising students. It creates a wonderful atmosphere within the Conservatorium for the duration of the competition.
I wish all competitors well. I hope that they benefit from their stay in Brisbane and I remind those who do not achieve the success they believe they deserve, that the old Latin adage that there are as many different opinions as there are people, remains true to this day.
Ian Hanger AM QC
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