New look competition for 2013
2013 is the first year that YPA will run in its new format. The new look competition comprises of two stages: a preliminary round of national auditions, and a finals period held over nine days during which 12 young musicians will compete in recital, chamber music and concerto rounds. Over 200 applications have been received from performers around Australia all vying for the chance to compete in the finals which will be hosted by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in October.
2013 Finalists announced!
After a gruelling month of nation-wide auditions, 12 young performers have been selected to proceed to the Finals for the 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. The 12 talented musicians vying for the title of Young Performer of the Year are;
Stefan Cassomenos – Piano (VIC, 28)
Grace Clifford – Violin (NSW, 14)
Anna Da Silva Chen – Violin (NSW, 16)
Anne-Marie Johnson – Violin (VIC, 21 )
Andrew Kawai – Oboe (VIC, 14)
Sarah Kim – Cello (VIC, 23)
Hoang Pham – Piano (VIC, 27)
Alex Raineri – Piano (QLD, 20)
Jonathon Ramsay – Euphonium (NSW, 19)
Robbin Reza – Piano (NSW, 18)
Brijette Tubb – Flute (QLD, 24)
Harry Ward – Violin (NSW, 17)
The Finals will take place in Melbourne, in three stages, over nine days from October 4 – 12. There will be four recitals concerts that will take place at 1pm and 7pm in the Iwaki auditorium at the ABC Southbank Centre on October 4 and 5 with three performers playing a full recital program in each concert.
After the recitals concerts on October 4 & 5, six finalists will be selected to proceed to the next stage of the finals – the chamber music round. In the chamber music round, the six finalists will collaborate with musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to prepare and perform a chamber music work. These works will be performed in two concerts at 1pm and 7pm on Wednesday October 9 in the Iwaki Auditorium with three performers featuring in each concert.
After the chamber music concerts on October 9, three finalists will be selected to proceed to the next and last stage of the finals – the concerto round. The three finalists selected will perform their nominated concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christopher Seaman in the Melbourne Town Hall at 8pm on Saturday October 12.
All concerts in each stage of the finals will be open to the public and broadcast live on ABC Classic FM. The dates and times for each of the live concerts and broadcasts are as follows;
Friday 4 October, 1:00pm, Iwaki Auditorium – Recital concert 1
Friday 4 October, 7:00pm, Iwaki Auditorium – Recital concert 2
Saturday 5 October, 1:00pm, Iwaki Auditorium – Recital concert 3
Saturday 5 October, 7:00pm, Iwaki Auditorium – Recital Concert 4
Wednesday 9 October, 1:00pm, Iwaki Auditorium – Chamber concert 1
Wednesday 9 October, 7:00pm, Iwaki Auditorium – Chamber concert 2
Saturday 12 October, 8:00pm, Melbourne Town Hall – Concerto concert
The new look competition brings with it a greater pool of prizes up for grabs. The 12 finalists are all in the running for the following;
Best Recital Prize – $5,000
Best Chamber Music Performance Prize – $5,000
People’s Choice Prize – $5,000
Best Performance of an Australian Work Prize – $5,000
Concerto Finalist Prize x 2 (runners-up) – $7,500
Young Performer of the Year – $25,000
All prizes will be awarded after the final concerto concert in the Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday 12 October.
Thank you to our three national adjudicators Jo Beaumont, Ralph Lane and Margaret Crawford, and to each of the orchestras and state adjudicators for all their efforts during the national Preliminary auditions. Congratulations to our 12 finalists and to all the young performers around Australia who have participated in the competition so far.