On Thursday 28 August, Grace Clifford was announced the 2014 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the year after a spectacular performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto.
The last stage of the finals was held at the Adelaide Town Hall, with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christopher Seaman and included thrilling performances from two other finalists, Andrew Kawai (VIC) performing the Mozart Oboe Concerto and Anna Da Silva Chen (NSW) performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
The three young performers had battled their way through two previous rounds of competition to have the chance to play their concertos in this concert which was broadcast live on ABC Classic FM and wonderfully presented by Julie Howard and Simon Healy.
The winner was announced by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Managing Director, Vincent Ciccarello in a prize ceremony following the concert.
Andrew Kawai and Anna Da Silva Chen both receive a cash prize of $7500 and Grace Clifford takes home a $25,000 cash prize, multiple copies of a CD of her winning performance, a feature interview in the ABC Limelight magazine and two concert engagements with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
The Nelly Apt Scholarship for 2014 was awarded to Anna Da Silva Chen . Anna receives a travel scholarship of up to $5,000, return transfers from Tel Aviv and a further half scholarship to attend the International Summer Mastercourse at the Keshet Eilon Music Centre in Israel.
Applications are now open for the 2015 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. For all the details and to apply please visit the YPA applications page –