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Founder and Artistic Director:
Claudine van Breda

19 – 23 October 2022


Requirements and program

  • The Atterbury National Piano Competition is for young people under the age of 20 years and includes the following categories: 12 years and younger, 15 years and younger, 19 years and younger. The age category to be entered is determined by the age of the learner at the start of the competition, i.e 18 October 2022.

  • Only South African citizens and permanent residents may participate.

  • The competition takes place over four rounds. All participants compete in the first two rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, after which 18 semi-finalists will be announced to compete in the third round on Thursday. After completion of this round the 9 finalists to take part in the gala event on the Friday evening will be announced.

  • All repeat indications may be ignored, except for a Da Capo.

  • No piano concertos are allowed.

  • Memorising of the entire program is required for the competition, including the DVD made for the audition.

  • Full details of every work must be included on the entry form ( i.e. composer, full title, complete opus number, key, names an/or tempo indications of movement, and exact duration ). Any repertoire changes must be discussed personally with Claudine van Breda, and must be submitted in writing to Danita Meiring ( by the parent or teacher.

    NO changes will be allowed after 15 August 2022.

The rounds are compiled as follows

1st round
One Baroque and one Romantic work

2nd round
One Classical and one Modern / 20th Century / Impressionist work.

3rd round
Two contrasting works: Any work from a previous round and a new work that has not yet been presented.

4th round
A program of two works selected from previous rounds.

Length of rounds

12 years and younger

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounds: A minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes
  • 4th round: A minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 15 minutes

15 years and younger

  • 1st , 2nd and 3rd rounds: A minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 12 minutes
  • 4th round : A minimum of 10 minutes and a maximum of 18 minutes

19 years and younger

  • 1st , 2nd and 3rd rounds: A minimum of 10 minutes and a maximum of 15 minutes
  • 4th round: A minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes


  • Entry form sent online. Closing date; 31 July 2022.

  • Recording of two contrasting works which will be part of the candidate’s final program- duration of not more than 15 minutes. The recordings must be of good quality, clearly show the participant’s hands performing, and be played from memory. The recording must be transferred via Wetransfer to

    Please include as message the candidate’s name, age group as well as the title and composer of the two works. Click HERE for instructions for WeTransfer.

  • Proof of a non-refundable entry fee of R200. Banking details:

    Account name: Atterbury Trust
    Account type: Current Account
    Account number: 1497004187
    Branch code: 198765
    Branch name: Corporate Client Ser

    Ref No – ATT/Surname and date of birth


  • Successful candidates will be notified by email.

  • The 9 finalists of the competition of the previous year qualifies automatically, and do not need to partake in auditions.

Participation in the competition

  • A maximum of 45 participants will be selected.

  • The judging panel will consist of three adjudicators.

  • All participants will be judged throughout on quality and musicality of their performances.

  • The judges’ decision is final.

  • The 18 semi-finalists will be announced directly after the 2nd round.

  • The 9 finalists will be announced directly after the 3rd round.

  • The winners will be announced directly after the final round.

  • The winner of a specific age category will not be allowed to participate in the same age category again.

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