Congratulations to Theme and Variations Foundation award winner, Tony Lee who was recently selected as one of the 32 young pianists to compete in the Sydney International Piano Competition. Since the invitation was world-wide, it was quite an achievement to make it to the starting line in that company. But once there, Tony enchanted audiences and jury alike to get through the first elimination and be among the 12 semi-finalists. That places him among the world’s finest emerging young pianists.

We are very proud and excited to report that Tony has won the Nancy Weir Prize for the best Australian Pianist.

Tony, who is now 25, first came to the notice of the Foundation in 2013 when it was seeking to identify young Australian pianists whose exceptional talent warranted financial assistance. Tony was one of our first three award recipients and has resoundingly fulfilled the purpose behind the establishment of the Foundation in 2011.

Tony Lee began his professional training at the Australian Institute of Music and the Australian Academy of Music with Rita Reichmann and Timothy Young before further studies at the Central Music School of the Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory under Professor Anatoly Ryabov.  He completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium with Dr Paul Rickard-Ford and is currently completing his Master of Music in Performance at the Barratt Due Institute of Music with Professor Michael Enders in Oslo, Norway. Tony has been a soloist in residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium under the direction of Maria-Joao Pires since 2014.