Som Howie won the Stage 3 Other Instruments Final in the prestigious 2012 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards.
The Other Instruments Final of the 2012 Young Performers Awards was held on Saturday 23 June in ABC’s Studio 520 in Adelaide. Four finalists performed their concertos with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the Benjamin Northey.
With a brilliant performance of the Copland Clarinet Concerto, Som was announced the winner of the Other Instruments Category securing a cash prize of $5,000 and a place in the Grand Final.
The other contestants were Jessica Foot (VIC), 27 who performed the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto, Jonathon Ramsay (NSW), 18 who performed the Linkola Euphonium Concerto and Shanie Klas (VIC), 20 who performed the Rosauro Marimba Concerto.
Som Howie, NEW SOUTH WALES, Clarinet
Twenty-one-year-old Som Howie was born in Somerset, England and moved to Australia with his family in 1992. He began clarinet lessons at the age of 11 under Mark Walton and obtained his Associate Diploma in clarinet at 17. This year he completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he studied under Frank Celata, Catherine McCorkill and Sue Newsome.
Som has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including the 2007 Gordon Waterhouse Memorial Music Scholarship, 2009 Balmain Sinfonia Prize for Winds, and the 2011 Sydney Conservatorium Concerto Competition. He appeared in the ENCORE concert at the Sydney Opera House, has participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp, and was selected for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Fellowship, an ongoing collaboration between the AYO and TSO.
Som has performed with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Wollongong Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He is currently a casual musician with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia.
He hopes to pursue his interest in music overseas.
Som will next compete against Katerina Nazarova (winner of the Strings Final) and the winner of Keyboards Final in the Grand Final on Thursday 4 October at the Perth Concert Hall, for the highly coveted title of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year. The Young Performer of the Year receives a further $20,000 cash prize, multiple CD recordings of their winning performance and opportunities for future concert performances with major Australian symphony orchestras.
The last of the Stage 3 Category Finals is the Keyboards. Details are as follows;
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Taddei will host the Keyboards category at 7:30pm on Thursday July 5 in the Federation Concert Hall in Hobart.
Tony Lee (NSW) will perform the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor
Jeremy So (NSW) will perform the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C
John Fisher (QLD) will perform the Liszt Totentanz
Young Kwon Choi (NSW) will perform the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
This concert will be broadcast on ABC Classic FM at 7:30pm on Friday 6 July.
Tickets $22 each, from www.tso.com.au