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​Melbourne Preliminary 

​@ Australian National Academy of Music 

South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St, South Melbourne VIC 3205


Glenn Riddle is Lecturer in Keyboard at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne.

Under-graduate studies at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, were followed by post-graduate studies at both the Royal College of Music, London and at the Universität der Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna. Inaugural winner of the John Allison Scholarship, other awards include the prestigious Horlock and Clarke scholarships, two Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust scholarships, 1st Prize in the National Yamaha Piano Competition and an Ian Potter Foundation Award.

One of Australia's leading piano pedagogues, Glenn Riddle's students have won prizes in international competitions in Europe, the USA, China, South-East Asia and Australia, and have been major prize winners in all of Australia's most important piano competitions. A much-sought after lecturer, adjudicator and pedagogue, he has worked extensively throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand presenting workshops, masterclasses, and adjudicating.

He has also joined international juries for competitions in there United States, Greece, Indonesia, Thailand and New Zealand. Glenn Riddle has performed in the USA, Europe, South-East Asia, and Australia, and is heard frequently on ABC FM as soloist, chamber musician and conductor. 

John Ferguson was born in London and before coming to Australia, worked as a Musical Director for theatres, brass bands and choirs, as well as some arranging and conducting for Television South West (TSW) and Thames Television, London.

As a conductor, John studied with Dr Roy Truby in the UK, and with Robert Rosen, Myer Fredman and Barry Bignell. He holds a Masters degree in conducting from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. In 2001 he received a Symphony Australia scholarship to study with Jorma Panula.

Past engagements have included conducting the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra strings, the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra, engagements in Singapore and China, including conducting a large festival in Nanjing in 2011, and was guest conductor for the Xiamen International Piano Festival in 2016. He also worked as a conductor for the VCA Opera School for four years, notably conducting Dvorak’s Rusalka in 1999. Other operatic experience includes for Melbourne City Opera and Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria. In 2007 he conducted an acclaimed performance of the Yellow River Concerto with the distinguished Chinese pianist Yin Chengzong, and the world premier of Chu Wanghua’s ‘Silk Road’ symphony, broadcast throughout China by China Central Television.

John has received the Theatre Guild ‘Musical Director of the Year’ award three times.

John is regularly invited to adjudicate festivals and eisteddfods, has been an AMEB examiner since 1988, and has been a guest lecturer at Beijing and Chengdu Normal Universities and the Tianjin, Xiamen and Sichuan Conservatories in China. John is currently a Graduate Researcher at the University of Melbourne, as well as being Director of Music at Scotch College, a position he has held since 1991.

Richard is currently Director of Music at Presbyterian Ladies’ College where he teaches VCE music as well as conducting the Symphony Orchestra and Junior Stage Band.  In addition, he is also in demand as a conductor, taking rehearsals for community and school based groups and has appeared as a guest conductor throughout Australia and New Zealand.  Richard has also been invited to a number of schools and colleges throughout Australia to run master classes and music camps as well as adjudicating at competitions and eisteddfods.  

Rules and Regulation

•Contestants are to select both age division and repertoire group when registering.

•Competition is open to all instruments and vocal

•A fee of $75 AUD applies upon registration for each repertoire group. Contestants are allowed to enrol in multiple repertoire groups. Additional fees apply.

•The fees are non-refundable unless the competition is cancelled

•Competitors must not present the same piece in more than one section, unless required

Certificate of 1st ,2nd and 3rd award will be presented to contestants

•Registration will be closed on 20th of June 2018

•The number of contestants entering to the final round will be determined by the Organisation Committee amongst the top 20 highest-scored players according to the results.

•Only contestants are allowed to enter the competition venue

•Contestants will need to bring own instrument but Piano

•Jury can interrupt the playing at anytime

•In an event where scheduled Adjudicator is unavailable, the committee reserves the right to offer an alternative

Adjudicator. In any such event no entry fees will be refunded

•In all sections subject to an age limit, the age at the close of entries on 20 June 2018 shall be deemed the competitor’s age. Proof of age may be required prior to presentation of any prize

•Clear music copies of performance items must be provided for the adjudicator or the competitor may not be able to compete, at the discretion of the Adjudicator

•Communication with an Adjudicator either by competitor, teacher or other interested party during the competition is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. The Committee reserves the right to rule on any apparent breach and in such instances the Committee’s decision shall be final

•The Committee reserves the right to reject any entry

•Competitors in any section not answering when called upon may forfeit their right to take part in that section, subject to a right of appeal to the Committee, which may, if it sees fit, allow a defaulter to take part

•The organising committee reserves the rights of final interpretation for all rules and regulations

•All copyright reserved by International Music and Art Guild of Australia INC and Melbourne International Youth Music Competition Organising Committee 

Preliminary is Supported by

Australian National Academy of Music


Scotch College, Melbourne

Presbyterian Ladies’ College,Melbourne


The Kilmore International School

The University of Melbourne

City of Melbourne

Victorian Multicultural Commission Chinese Consulate Melbourne

Australia Piano World

Australia Dunhuang Arts Centre 

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