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2015 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards

When:

Thu 29 Oct 2015, 1:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Hobart Town Hall, Macquarie Street, Hobart CBD, Tasmania

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Who will be the this year's ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year?

With an increased prize pool, the 2015 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards is more lucrative than ever for bright, talented young Australian classical musicians. There are 12 brilliant finalists who will compete in Hobart between 29 October - 7 November for the coveted title.

The three grand finalists will perform their nominated Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at Federation Concert Hall in Hobart, under the baton of Johannes Fritzsch.

Now in its 71st year, the Awards have more prizes than ever for Australia’s most talented young classical musicians. These awards have launched many glittering international music careers.

“Whilst the musicians have a chance to win more prizes than ever before, the big prize is the career springboard and the opportunity to perform with a symphony orchestra,” says Kate Lidbetter, CEO of Symphony Australia.

“We have seen many talented Australian performers catapulted onto the world stage after winning this Award. It’s exciting to see the long term benefits both to the individual musicians and Australian culture of these Awards.”

“We find that many Award winners invest their prize money on overseas musical study, and then they bring back greater expertise to this country which enriches our cultural and musical heritage.”

This year the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year wins $25,000, the two Concerto Finalists win $10,000 each and $6000 is awarded to each of the following categories: People’s Choice, Best Chamber Music Performance, Best Recital, Best Performance of an Australian work and the Triffitt Prize, a new prize thanks to a generous bequest from Dr Gregory Byron Triffitt.

During the event, audiences will be treated to performances from musicians who will perform in a ‘festival-type’ format of 7 concerts across 10 days in three rounds – solo recital, chamber and concerto rounds.

“What we’re seeing in our young musicians is outstanding performance in these three areas - high technical proficiency, an understanding of the repertoire and an appreciation of musical style,” says Ms Lidbetter.

2015 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards Finalists:

- Aaron Liu, 22 (Piano – QLD)
- Christopher Cartlidge, 26 (Viola – VIC)
- Doretta Balkizas, 24 (Violin – VIC)
- Ennes Mehmedbasic, 20 (Oboe – NSW)
- Kiran Phatak, 25 (Flute – WA)
- Lily Higson-Spence, 16 (Violin – QLD)
- Lloyd Van’t Hoff, 24 (Clarinet – QLD)
- Mee Na Lojewski, 28 (Cello – VIC)
- Peter de Jager, 25 (Piano – VIC)
- Sonja Scheback, 29 (Violin – NSW)
- Vatche Jambazian, 27 (Piano – NSW)
- Zoe Freisberg, 22 (Violin – VIC)

Finalists’ biographies and images: http://symphonyinternational.net/artist-development/performers/

Live concerts:

Thursday 29 October - Recital concerts 1 & 2 (1:30pm and 7:30pm Hobart Town Hall)
Friday 30 October - Recital concerts 3 & 4 (1:30pm and 7:30pm Hobart Town Hall)
Tuesday 3 November - Chamber concerts 1 & 2 (1:30pm and 7:30pm Hobart Town Hall)
Saturday 7 November - General and Performance (7:30pm Federation Concert Hall)

Prizes awarded at end of the competition:

- $25,0000 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year
- $10,000 each Concerto Finalist (x2)
- $6,000 People’s Choice
- $6,000 Best Chamber Music Performance
- $6,000 Best Recital
- $6,000 Best Performance of an Australian Work
- $6,000 Triffitt Prize

ABC Sir Charles Moses Trophy: This perpetual trophy is presented to the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year by the ABC in honour of Sir Charles Moses, Managing Director of the ABC, 1935-1965.