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YPA 2015 Finalists announced!

The Preliminary Auditions for the competition which took place in all states across the country have just concluded. Our three national adjudicators travelled far and wide to hear each and every candidate perform selections from their recital program and were given the unenviable task of selecting only 12 performers to proceed to the next stage.  We are delighted to announce that the successful candidates who will be moving on in the competition and performing in the Finals are as follows;

Grand Finalists for the 2014 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. L to R: Grace Clifford, Andrew Kawaii, Anna Da Silver Chen.

Grand Finalists for the 2014 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. L to R: Grace Clifford, Andrew Kawaii, Anna Da Silver Chen.

Aaron Liu (Piano – QLD)

Christopher Cartlidge (Viola – VIC)

Doretta Balkizas (Violin – VIC)

Ennes Mehmedbasic (Oboe – NSW)

Kiran Phatak (Flute – WA)

Lily Higson-Spence (Violin – QLD)

Lloyd Van’t Hoff (Clarinet – QLD)

Mee Na Lojewski (Cello – VIC)

Peter de Jager (Piano – VIC)

Rachel Siu (Cello – NSW)

Vatche Jambazian (Piano – NSW)

Zoe Freisberg (Violin – VIC)

The Finals will take place in Hobart, in three stages between October 29 and November 7. The first stage of the Finals is the Recital Round in which all 12 finalists will compete. The Finals will take place in Hobart, in three stages between October 29 and November 7. The first stage of the Finals is the Recital Round in which all 12 finalists will compete. There will be four concerts that will take place at 1:30pm and 7:30pm in the Hobart Town Hall on October 29 & 30. Three performers will play their full recital program as nominated for the Preliminary auditions in each concert. 

After the Recital Round, 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 professional musicians to prepare and perform a chamber music work. These works will be performed in two concerts at 1:30pm and 7:30pm on Tuesday November 3 in the Hobart Town Hall. Three performers will play their chamber music work in each concert.

After the Chamber Music Round, 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 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Johannes Fritzsch in the Federation Concert Hall at 7:30pm on Saturday November 7. The winner on the night of the Concerto Round will be named the 2015 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year.

All concerts in each stage of the finals will be open to the public and broadcast live on ABC Classic FM.

Symphony Australia is grateful to the late Dr Gregory Byron Triffitt, whose bequest allowed us to increase the value of all prizes in the YPA pool as well as offering a dedicated award to a very young finalist. In 2015 the following prizes will be awarded;

$25,000                 Young Performer of the Year

$10,000 each         Concerto Finalist (x2)    

$6,000                   People’s Choice

$6,000                   Best Chamber Music Performance

$6,000                   Best Recital

$6,000                   Best Performance of an Australian Work

$6,000                   Triffitt Prize         

Congratulations to our 12 finalists and to all performers who participated in the preliminary auditions and thank you to our national adjudicators and to each of the orchestras and state adjudicators for all their efforts over the past month.

For more information regarding the competition please download the brochure here YPA2015-broch or contact Anna Howell at howella@symphonyinternational.net