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Artist Robert Sipos-Ori

Robert Sipos-Ori  is an Australian-Hungarian pianist, exchange scholar and associate professor in piano at the Instituto Polytecnico de Macau, Macau, China.

Robert was born in Melbourne of Hungarian parentage. He is a graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, where he obtained his Bachelor of Music in performance with first class honours, a Master of Music degree in Performance, and he was also a Doctor of Music candidate. He has also studied at the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, and holds several other internationally recognised performance qualifications. Robert Sipos-Ori is a pupil of Professor Attila Nemethy (Hungary), Professor Ian Holtham (Australia), Allan Fraser (Australia) and Elizabeth Mitchell (Australia). Under a special arrangement, he also had the privilege of having a period of study with one of the greatest pianists, Geoffrey Tozer (famous for being the first western pianist invited to China to perform the Yellow River Piano Concerto 黃河協奏曲 in front of an estimated audience of 80 million people).

Robert’s work has been honoured and recognised with the following awards: 1996: Una Bourne Scholarship in Music, Eric and Linda Jullyan Memorial Scholarship in Music. 1997: the Maude Harrington Prize in Music for accompaniment, and the Rosemarie Kenny Prize in Music for solo performance. 1998: Allans Award and the Doris F. Chandler Memorial Bursary. 1999/2000: Australian Post Graduate Award enabling him to complete his Master of Music degree under full scholarship from the Federal Government of Australia. 2000: Silver-Cross medal by the Order of Vitez, Budapest, Hungary. 2001: membership to the Szent Laszlo Tarsasag, Budapest, Hungary. 2002: recipient of an RTS scholarship during his Doctor of Music studies, which was again funded by the Federal Government of Australia.

As a concerto soloist Robert has appeared with conductors of international repute, such as Marco Zuccarini, with whom he performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no.1. As a chamber musician, he was a 2nd Prize winner in the Inaugural Percy Grainger Chamber Music Competition. Robert was also an official accompanist at the joint Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne for nearly 10 years, a post he still fulfils on his visits to Australia.

Robert Sipos-Ori is also actively involved in music education, currently as an exchange scholar and associate professor in piano at the Instituto Polytecnico de Macau, and previously he taught piano performance at The University of Melbourne for 8 years. He also taught students of the Trinity Foundation (Trinity College), a 1 year course designed to prepare international piano students applying for performance auditions at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne. He has also been involved in teaching piano students on the Music Exchange Program with Graz University, Austria. At age 29, Robert was one of the youngest to be appointed as an examiner in piano for the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), and since 2002 he has examined throughout Melbourne and Victoria, Australia. 

Since moving to Hong Kong in 2009, Robert has been invited by Prof. Choi Sown Li to give master classes and lecture recitals for the Hong Kong Piano Association on topics including piano technique, and interpreting Bartok’s piano works. He has served on the jury of numerous piano competitions at both National and International level, most recently the 2011 Hong Kong 16th Asia Open Piano Competition and also as the Chairman of the Jury for the Inaugural Macau-Asia Piano Competition in 2010. He co-established the Australian Music Institute, a specialist teaching studio in Hong Kong for gifted pianists, where he is Director. Robert also has an interest in working with special needs children, collaborating with Hong Kong Music Therapist/Psycho Therapist, Wang Yau, and achieving some remarkable results with autistic and other special needs children.

Robert Sipos-Ori’s extensive repertoire includes a vast amount of the major works from the late classical to early 20th century. In 2010 Robert Sipos-Ori’s first book on Bela Bartok – “A Performer’s Guide to Bartok’s Ten Easy Pieces and Allegro Barbaro”, was published by LAP (Lambert Academic Publications) in Köln, Germany. Robert also has a strong commitment to contemporary Australian piano music, having given world premiers of works by the acclaimed Australian-Chilean composer, Andrian Pertout. Robert’s playing has also featured on Pertout’s highly acclaimed CD Navigating the Labyrinth.