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2012 ABC Symphony Australia YPA Grand Final

L to R: Katerina Nazarova, Som Howie and Young Kwon Choi

Stage 3 of the competition took place over three concerts in June and July. Thank you to the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras for hosting the finals and to all the staff and musicians for their support. Thank you also to all the adjudicators that were involved and to our two conductors Marc Taddei and Benjamin Northey.

The winners of each category will now compete in the Grand Final which will take place at 6:00pm on Thursday October 4 in the Perth Concert Hall with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Verbitsky.

Katerina Nazarova (TAS), 27, will perform the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Som Howie (NSW), 22, will perform the Copland Clarinet Concerto and Young Kwon Choi (NSW), 26, will perform the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor.

Each finalist has already won a young performers award for their instrument category and received $5,000 in prize money. We are also delighted to partner with the Music and Opera Singers Trust in offering the Nelly Apt Scholarship to Katerina Nazarova to undertake further study in Israel, and with Musica Viva in offering the biennial David Paul Landa Memorial Scholarship to Young Kwon Choi.

The winner will be declared the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year and take home a $20,000 cash prize, multiple copies of a CD of their winning performance and opportunities for future concert engagements with major Australian symphony orchestras as well as a feature interview in the ABC Limelight magazine’s ‘Please Welcome’ section.

Tickets $30 each, from tickets.waso.com.au

This concert will be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM (at 8pm on Thursday 4 October).