Chopin at the Gallery

Margaret Schofield Memorial Prize for a Performance of the Music of Chopin.

Royal South Street Society acknowledges the generosity of Mr Andrew Cochrane AM and family, who have honored the Society with sponsorship of this section in memory of their mother, Margaret Schofield, OAM.

This competition is open to any pianist 16 to 32 years who has been a resident in Australia for two years prior to the event. Competitors are required to present at least two significant works which may include an Etude, a Ballade, Sonata Movement, Scherzo, the Barcarolle, or a similar large work. Performance time required is a minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes.

COPYRIGHT: In order to compete at the Royal South Street competitors must declare that all necessary licences for copyright have been obtained and only originals or licensed copies will be used in accordance with copyright laws and agreements. These terms & conditions are agreed upon when placing your entry.

New in 2017


This is the inaugural Chopin Masterclass, and we at Royal South Street are very excited to be able to offer an opportunity for performers to participate in a high-level collaborative learning experience, in addition to the traditional competition schedule. This year’s Masterclass will be presented by Darryl Coote, Chopin adjudicator, partner of The Team of Pianists, Melbourne, & experienced teaching member of the Piano Faculty at Monash University

Venue: The Long Room of Her Majesty’s Theatre, Lydiard Street South, Ballarat. Sunday 6th August 5.30pm using the South Street Bechstein Grand Piano, formally owned by Dame Nellie Melba.

The first 6 competitors to enter ‘741 Margaret Schofield Memorial Prize for a Performance of the Music of CHOPIN’ will be contacted by the South Street Office. These competitors will be given the opportunity to play and receive feedback during the masterclass. Each participant will be allocated 10 minutes playing time, followed by a 20 minute review.(Your name will be placed on a waiting list if you are not one of the first 6 to enter)

Performers will receive an email asking for confirmation of the piece they have chosen to perform for the Masterclass. Confirmation must be submitted by Friday 21st July. Performers are asked to prepare whole or excerpted material of no more than 10 minutes duration from the works of Chopin. This piece must be a ‘work-in-progress’ but of a reasonable standard in order for everyone to obtain maximum benefit from this special collaborative event.

The masterclass can be attended by any other interested individuals as observers, but numbers will be strictly limited to 40, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Those wishing to attend should register their interest directly with the Royal South Street office (see below for details).

The masterclass schedule will be emailed to performers in advance and will also be made available to all on the day.

We encourage all participants to stay for the duration of the masterclass in order to fully benefit from this valuable learning opportunity.

Please arrive at the venue at least 15 minutes prior to the event in order to register.

For Observer RSVPs please call 03 5332 1054, or email

Entry Fee – Performer/ Observer: FREE

To be held Sunday 6th of August 2017



Darryl Coote and Teresa Lavers

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