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2011 ABC Symphony Australia YPA winner

Announcing the winner of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards.

The Grand Final of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards was held last night in the Concert Hall of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Three finalists battled it out with astonishing musical skill and fierce competition for the title. Nicholas Russoniello was named the winner with his stunning performance of [insert concerto title here] accompanied by the Queensland Symphony Orchetsra and conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel.

After winning their respective Stage III category finals, pianist Nicholas Young (20 yrs), saxophonist Nicholas Russoniello (26 yrs) and violinist Emily Sun (20 yrs) performed their concertos with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Edvard Tchivzhel, in the prestigious Grand Final of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards in Brisbane last night, Saturday 3 September.

Kate Lidbetter announced Nicholas Russoniello as the winner awarding him/her with a $20,000 cash prize, multiple recordings of the winning performance and valuable opportunities for future concert engagements with major Australian symphony orchestras.

Nicholas Russoniello from Wollongong NSW commenced his studies in saxophone at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with first class honours.

As a student, Nicholas’ distinguishing talent earned him numerous awards and scholarships which enabled him to pursue international study in the UK and France. Nicholas is a celebrated performer and regularly plays with the ensemble Duo Histoire in concerts around Australia. His merits also include performing as a soloist with the Orchestra Dell’Accademia Musicale di Schio, Vicenza and the Syrinx Quartet, for the Società Dei Concerti Milan. In 2011 Nicholas became a member of the saxophone quartet Continuum Sax.