John Hopkins AM OBE (1927 – 2013)
Symphony Australia, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the ABC dedicate the 2013 Grand Final of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards to the memory of John Hopkins, AM OBE. There will be a Celebration of John Hopkins’s Life service on SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER at 2pm at the Australian National Academy of Music, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank Street, South Melbourne. Please ring ANAM on 03 9645 7911 to reserve your free seating as space is limited.
No flowers by request of the family, however donations can be made to the Rosemary & John Hopkins Award for a conductor of any age, to assist with a youth or community music project. To donate please ring the University of Melbourne Advancement Office Phone : 03 9035 4054 or online at http://go.unimelb.edu.au/8ken
2013 YPA winner announced!
On Saturday 12 October, Hoang Pham was announced the 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the year after a spectacular performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1.
The last stage of the finals which for the first time ran in the new format was held at the Melbourne Town Hall, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christopher Seaman and included thrilling performances from two other finalists, Andrew Kawai performing the Strauss Oboe Concerto and Stefan Cassomenos performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3.
The three young performers (all Victorians) 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 Graham Abbott and Mairi Nicolson.
The winner was announced by Symphony Services International Chief Executive Officer, Kate Lidbetter in a prize ceremony following the concert. The 12 performers who took part in the finals were all presented with a trophy in recognition of their achievement and the following prizes were awarded;
Best Recital ($5000) went to Andrew Kawai (VIC)
Best Chamber Music Performance ($5000) went to Hoang Pham (VIC) for his performance of the Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1
Best Performance of an Australian Work ($5000) went to Grace Clifford for her performance of Soliloquy: a fragment from String Quartet No.2 by Wilfred Lehmann in the Recital round.
The People’s Choice prize ($5000) went to Andrew Kawai and was announced on ABC Classic FM on Monday October 14
Andrew Kawai and Stefan Cassomenos both received a cash prize of $7500 and Hoang Pham takes home a $25,000 cash prize, multiple copies of a CD of his winning performance and opportunities for future concert engagements with major Australian symphony orchestras as well as a feature interview in the ABC Limelight magazine.
All seven YPA finals concerts were recorded and broadcast live by ABC Classic FM, and an hour-long special about the finals will feature on ABC TV on Sunday 15 December, at 2.00pm on ABC 1.
After a month of gruelling national auditions, 12 talented musicians have been selected to proceed to the finals to compete for the title of Young Performer of the Year. They are;
Stefan Cassomenos – Piano (VIC, 28)
Melbourne pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos gives regular solo recitals throughout Australia, and has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe and Asia. He studied with Margarita Krupina, and then with Stephen McIntyre on scholarship at Melbourne University. He has performed internationally since the age of ten, and premiered his own Piano Concerto No.1 with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at 16. He has also performed concertos with Orchestra Victoria and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He was a finalist in the 2012 Rhodes International Piano Competition, and won 2nd prize as well as the best recital prize in the 2013 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition. He has recently been selected following worldwide auditions as one of 28 participants in the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn, Germany. Stefan’s 2007 London debut was hailed as that of a ‘formidable talent’ and his recent performance of Beethoven’s Sonata Op.110 was also highly acclaimed by critics. He has been a finalist and prize-winner at both the Trieste International and Melbourne Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competitions. Stefan is generously supported by Kawai Australia, Creative Universe, and the Youth Music Foundation of Australia.
Currently a Year 9 student at Abbotsleigh on a full music scholarship, Grace Clifford is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 Kendall National Violin Competition as well as the Bach prize, the Sonata prize and Audience Choice Award; she was named Fine Music 102.5 Young Performer of the Year for 2013; she received first prize in the 2013 Australian Concerto and Vocal competition playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto; in June she was one of 10 students chosen by audition to study with Professor Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy Master Classes in Germany. In addition, she was awarded 4th prize in the Junior Section of the Yehudi Menuhin Competition In Beijing in 2012. Grace completed a national tour earlier this year with Selby and friends as their first Development Artist. Other recent performance highlights include the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Queensland Youth Orchestra in 2012; the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012 and performances in the Emerging Artists Concerts at City Recital Hall Angel Place in 2011 and 2012. She began studying with Robin Wilson in the Open Academy Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2009 and has received a scholarship since 2011.
Anna Da Silva Chen was a finalist in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards in 2011 and 2012, performing Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 and the Elgar Violin Concerto with the Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.
She was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Beijing, and was the winner of the Kendall National Violin Competition and the National MBS and 2MBS-FM Young Performers Award in 2011. In 2010 she won the National Youth Concerto Competition, the junior section of the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition, and the Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Awards for Performance Excellence at the Sydney Eisteddfod. Born in Sydney, Anna Da Silva Chen made her solo orchestral debut in 2009 with the Beecroft Symphony, and has since performed as a featured soloist with the North Sydney Symphony and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestras. She has performed in master classes with Tasmin Little, Ulf Hoelscher and Berent Korfker. She has been interviewed by Nick Rheinberger for local ABC radio and has been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Illawarra Mercury. She is a full scholarship student in the Open Academy Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she studies with Robin Wilson.
Melbourne-born violinist Anne-Marie Johnson was a national finalist in the Geelong Advertiser Music Competition in 2011 and the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition in 2012, and was the winner of the Musical Society of Victoria’s Willsher Memorial Award for Strings in 2007 and the Preston Youth Concerto Competition in 2008. She received a Premier’s Award for VCE Music Solo Performance, and has been a finalist in the 2MBS-FM Young Performers Award. Anne-Marie Johnson has performed with the Preston and Maroondah Symphony Orchestras, ACO2, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. She has also been associate concertmaster of the Alexander Orchestra at AYO National Music Camp and has twice toured Europe with the Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra. Her recitals have been broadcast live on 2MBS-FM and Radio New Zealand, and she has played in master classes for Felix Andrievsky, Arabella Steinbacher, Lina Bahn, Tasmin Little, Pieter Wispelwey, Kuss Quartet, and the ATOS Trio. She was selected this year for the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artist Program, and is currently studying at the Australian National Academy of Music with William Hennessy. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Alice Waten.
Currently a Year 9 student and the recipient of an academic-music scholarship at Scotch College, Andrew Kawai has won over 50 prizes in music competitions, including 1st prize in the Junior Section of the 2010 Australasian Double Reed Competition and 1st prize in the Senior Section of the 2013 Australasian Double Reed Competition. He has performed with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Australian National Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra, and in 2012 was invited to perform the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto with the Fraternita Di Solisti Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist at concerts in France, Belgium and England. Andrew Kawai began studying the oboe at the age of 10 with Seng Tong. Since his first lesson with Jeffrey Crellin in 2010, he has gone on to complete his Associate Diploma in Oboe with Distinction and his Licentiate Diploma in Oboe at the age of 13. He also obtained his Associate Diploma in Cello, studying with Svetlana Bogosavljevic, and is currently preparing for the Associate Diploma in Piano and Licentiate Diploma in Cello exams. He has performed in master classes and had lessons with prominent musicians including Diana Doherty, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Seung Eun Lee, Nick Deutsch, Nicholas Daniel, Douglas Boyd, Gordon Hunt and Alban Gerhardt. In 2012 and 2013 he was invited to perform the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto and Bach Violin and Oboe Concerto with the Fraternita Di Solisti Orchestra.
Melbourne-born Sarah Kim is the first prize winner of last year’s Carl Seemann Prize from the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. She has been a casual player with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2009, and was previously principal cello of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra. She has participated in music festivals and master classes throughout Europe and Australia including the Melbourne International Arts Festival; Adelaide International Cello Festival; International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove; and Kronberg Academy master classes. She has had the privilege of working with cellists including Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jens Peter Maintz, Pieter Wispelwey and Matthew Barley. She has performed chamber music with Fionnuala Hunt, Pekka Kuusisto, Johannes Moser, Daniel Rowland and Dmitry Sitkovesky, and has played principal cello under conductors such as Brett Dean, Daniel Harding and Simone Young. Sarah Kim began learning cello at 8 years of age. She was awarded Associate and Licentiate Diplomas from the Australian Music Examinations Board by age 15, and in 2007 was the sole student to be accepted into the Melbourne University Program for High Achieving Students. In 2009 she was accepted into the Advanced Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music, and she is currently undertaking a Master of Music degree with Jean-Guihen Queyras.
Melbourne-based pianist Hoang Pham has appeared as a soloist with the Melbourne, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. He won the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in 2005; was awarded Best Australian Pianist at the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2008; and in 2010 won the inaugural Melbourne Recital Centre Great Romantics Competition. His live performance of Chopin, Bach, Liszt and Paderewski was commercially released on the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Master Performers CD series. He has made regular recital appearances in England, the United States, France and New Zealand, and performs both internationally and in Australia as a member of the Melbourne Piano Trio. In addition to his performance engagements, he has served as a jury member of the Piano/Ohio competition in Cleveland. Plans for 2013 include solo recitals at Melba Hall and for the Musical Society of Geelong, as well as performances with violinist Ji Won Kim at the MSO’s Stravinsky Festival in August. Born in Vietnam, Hoang Pham moved to Australia at an early age and studied privately with Rita Reichman at the Australian National Academy of Music. He subsequently studied with Marc Silverman at the Manhattan School of Music, where he completed a Master of Music degree.
Alex Raineri was a prize-winner in the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition and the 2011 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition. He has performed concertos with the Queensland and West Australian Symphony Orchestras as a two-time stage III finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, and has performed solo recitals on ABC Classic FM, Fine Music 102.5, 3MBS and 4MBS ClassicFM. Harbouring a special interest in the performance of contemporary chamber music, he has performed with the ELISION Ensemble; eighth blackbird; and is a founding member of Kupka’s Piano, an ensemble in residence at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. Kupka’s Piano was recently awarded funding from the JUMP mentorship program and the Australia Council for the Arts to undertake an intensive three week residency with the ensemble Interface in September 2013. He plays in a piano trio with Eddy Chen and Oliver Scott, and a soprano/piano duo with Tabatha McFadyen under the tutelage of Lisa Gasteen. Alex Raineri is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Advanced Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University under the tutelage of Leah Horwitz. He was the recipient of the Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship in 2011.
Currently a second year student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Jonathon Ramsay was the winner of this year’s Ern Keller International Soloist of the Year competition. Last year he was a Stage III finalist in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, and he is a two-time winner of the players’ choice award at the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition. He was a finalist for the Sydney Eisteddfod Doctors Orchestra Scholarship and the Fine Music 102.5 Young Performers Awards, and has been recorded by ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 102.5 radio stations. Last year he travelled to Korea to compete in the Jeju International Brass and Percussion competition where he reached the second round, and he is the winner of the Australian National Junior Brass Champion of Champions and State Open Brass Champion of Champions titles. Jonathon Ramsay has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Ensembles. He has appeared as a soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gunnedah Shire Brass Band, The Arts Unit Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Sydney Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra. He is currently under the guidance of Scott Kinmont, associate principal trombone of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Robbin Reza has been awarded numerous performance opportunities in Australia and overseas, including Art After Hours at the Art Gallery of NSW; the launch of the 2008 booklet of the Sydney International Piano Competition at the Seymour Centre; and the Australian Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai EXPO in China. In 2011 he was the winner of the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition Senior Section, performing the first Australian work in the finals section, Carl Vine’s Piano Concerto No.1. Last year he was the Open Championship winner for the St. George Eisteddfod. In 2013 he presented a Young Virtuosi live broadcast with 2MBS-FM and performed the Australian Premiere of Elliott Carter’s Conversations (2010) as a soloist at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His HSC composition Water, Solid, Gas was nominated for Encore 2013. Robbin Reza is currently working towards a Bachelor of Performance in his first year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, having been awarded the Bessie Cook Piano Scholarship. He has completed the AMEB exams for piano, and is pursuing an LmusA for the trumpet. He began his studies at the age of 5 under the tutelage of Sayano Thoral, and has studied with Daniel Herscovitch since 2007.
Currently a member of the Queensland Youth Symphony, Brijette Tubb has performed as Principal and Second Flute in the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber Orchestras; the University of Southern Queensland Orchestra and Wind Band; and the Queensland Youth Orchestras. In 2011 she attended the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp, performing as Principal and Second Flute in the Alexander Orchestra. Also in 2011, she successfully auditioned for an internship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; was the winner of the Brisbane Eisteddfod Open Instrumental Soloist and the James Carson Memorial Flute Prize; and was a semi-finalist in the Australian Flute Festival Flute Competition. Brijette Tubb completed a Bachelor of Music (with distinction) at the University of Southern Queensland; a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Advanced Flute Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University; and a Master of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. She holds her AMusA and LMusA (awarded with distinction) from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), performing as a soloist by invitation at the 2011 AMEB Diploma Concert and Awards Ceremony. She has studied with Karen Lonsdale, Gerhard Mallon, Denis Bouriakov, Patrick Nolan, and Michael Cox. She currently teaches at Nudgee Junior College and in her private studio.
Harry Ward was the winner of the 2012 National Youth Concerto Competition in Brisbane, where he played the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto. He is frequently asked to perform as a soloist, most recently for the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Sydney Metropolitan Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with orchestras in China, Mexico, Singapore and Europe, and his love of orchestral playing has been developed as a member of The Arts Unit Symphony Orchestra and previously the Sydney Youth Orchestra. He is an enthusiastic chamber musician in the Rising Stars Chamber Music program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2012 and 2011 Harry Ward received full scholarships to the Meadowmount School of Music in New York. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the John Brown Sport and Tourism Youth Foundation and is a graduate of the Talent Development Project. He has participated in master classes with Joseph Silverstein, Cho-Liang Lin, Walter Schwede, Boris Kuschnir and James Ehnes. He is currently a student of Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is a scholarship holder in the Open Academy Rising Stars program. His previous teachers include Peter Zhang, Caroline Lowry and Beverly Bennetts.
YPA 2014 - Applications now open!
Applications for the 2014 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards are now open. For all information and to apply please go to our applications page – http://symphonyinternational.net/artist-development/performers/ypaapplications/
Applications close Friday 13 December 2013