2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards

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Australia’s brilliant up and coming classical music talents now have a greater opportunity than ever to win big prizes and boost their careers. The 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards takes the form of a new ‘mini-festival’ in Melbourne, between 4 and 12 October, with seven public concerts in ten days and three competition rounds including recital, chamber music and concerto performances. The 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year wins a cash prize of $25,000, is presented with the ABC Sir Charles Moses Young Performer’s Trophy, a professional CD recording, a paid performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, media training, a photo shoot and a feature interview in Limelight magazine.

Throughout its 69-year history, the competition has been renowned for its ability to identify and nurture talented young Australian musicians. With concerto, chamber music and solo recital components, the musician who claims the title of Young Performer of the Year will have proved them outstanding in all areas of musical performance, demonstrating high technical proficiency, an understanding of the repertoire and an appreciation of musical style.

After the hotly contested Preliminary Auditions earlier this year, the 12 finalists ranging in age from 14 to 27 years, and playing instruments including cello, violin, piano, oboe, euphonium and flute, will firstly compete in the Recitals round, across four concerts in the Iwaki Auditorium at the ABC Southbank Centre on 4 and 5 October. These events are all open to the public and admission is free. The performers appearing in each recital round are:

Recital performance 1

Friday 4 October at 1pm
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre

Stefan Cassomenos piano
Anna Da Silva Chen violin
Andrew Kawai oboe

Recital performance 2

Friday 4 October at 7pm
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre

Brijette Tubb flute
Alex Raineri piano
Robbin Reza piano

Recital performance 3

Saturday 5 October at 1pm
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre

Grace Clifford violin
Jonathon Ramsay euphonium
Anne-Marie Johnson violin

Recital performance 4

Saturday 5 October at 7pm
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre

Harry Ward violin
Sarah Kim cello
Hoang Pham piano

Chamber Music Round

Wednesday 9 October at 1pm and 7pm
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre

Six finalists will be selected by an expert panel to proceed to the next stage of the finals—the Chamber Music round, in which they will collaborate with musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to perform a chamber music work, across two concerts.

Grand Final

7pm on Saturday 12 October
Melbourne Town Hall

The Young Performers Awards mini-festival will culminate in a Grand Final concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the Melbourne Town Hall at 7pm on Saturday 12 October, conducted by Christopher Seaman. At this event the three top finalists will compete for the title of 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year.

All concerts are open to the public and admission is free.

The Awards’ prize pool includes four prizes of $5,000 each—a People’s Choice Award, Best Recital Performance, Best Chamber Music Performance, and Best Performance of an Australian Work, as well as two Concerto Finalist Prizes of $7500 for each of the runners-up. All 12 finalists will be eligible to win prizes.

If you can’t get to the concerts, all the concerts will be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM.

For more information about attending the performances, call the MSO Box Office on (03) 9929 9600.

Find out more about the 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards.

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