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Wellington pianist wins grand prize at national piano competition

NZJPC 2020 Finalists/Prizewinners (L-R): Catherine, Shan, Shuan, Otis, William, Sunny, Henry
Otis Prescott-Mason from Wellington has been named the winner of the 2020 New Zealand Junior Piano Competition.


Otis Prescott-Mason from Wellington has been named the winner of the 2020 New Zealand Junior Piano Competition (“NZJPC”).

Otis is currently a Year 13 student at St Patrick's College in Wellington and studies piano at Victoria University from Dr Jian Liu and Emma Sayers.

As the first prize winner, Otis receives $2,000 and a string of performance engagements in 2021, including a solo recital opportunity supported by Lewis Eady and a performance opportunity supported by Bach Musica NZ.

The second prize of $1,000 and the Best Performance of a Classical Sonata ($500 donated by the Auckland Branch of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers New Zealand), was awarded to Catherine Chang from Auckland. Fellow Aucklander, Shuan Liu received the third prize of $500 and the Best Performance of a New Zealand Composition ($250 donated by SOUNZ) for her exquisite interpretation of No. 1 from 'Tone Clock Pieces' by Jenny McLeod. The remaining four finalists, Henry Meng, William Berry, Sunny Le, and Shan Liu, received $200 each. A special prize of $150 for a non-finalist, supported by previous competition winners, Delvan Lin and Tony YanTong Chen, went to Madeleine Xiao from Auckland.

Established by the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust (“LECT”) in 2014, NZJPC is a premier platform for young, emerging pianists from across the country. This year's programme also included solo performances from Lorelle McNaughton and Tony YanTong Chen, and masterclasses led by Richard Mapp. All events took place at Lewis Eady, the home of Steinway & Sons pianos in New Zealand.

The Lewis Eady Charitable Trust would like to acknowledge the work of the competition committee to ensure that NZJPC could still take place with Alert Level measures in place. LECT is grateful for the continued support from competition sponsors and the dedicated team of staff and volunteers to make this event a success year in, year out.

The NZ Piano Competition will take place on 8-11 July 2021. Visit for more information.


Written by

Lewis Eady

5 Oct 2020