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Young Performers Awards 2014 gets underway

The 2014 Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards is now in full swing with the preliminary auditions happening in Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth throughout February and March. Our three national adjudicators are travelling the country to hear each and every candidate play selections from their recital program with the unenviable task of selecting only 12 to proceed to the finals of the competition. The finals will take place in Adelaide between August 19 and 28.

In 2013 we launched a new format for the competition which now includes chamber music and solo recital components in the final stages. These elements were added to further challenge and extend each applicant, allowing only a truly outstanding performer in all areas of musical performance to claim the title of Young Performer of the Year.

Important Dates

Monday 10 February: Preliminary auditions in Adelaide
Wednesday 12 February: Preliminary auditions in Hobart
Thursday 20 – Friday 21 February: Preliminary auditions in Brisbane
Monday 24 – Friday 28 February: Preliminary auditions in Melbourne
Monday 3 – Thursday 6 March: Preliminary auditions in Sydney
Monday 10 March: Preliminary auditions in Perth
Tuesday 19 August: Recital concerts 1 & 2
Wednesday 20 August: Recital concerts 2 & 3
Friday 22 August: Chamber Music concerts
Thursday 28 August: Concerto Concert


All 12 finalists will be eligible to win prizes, which will no longer be awarded according to instrumental categories. The following prizes will be awarded at the end of the competition:

Young Performer of the Year: $25,000
Concerto Finalist Prize x2 (runners-up): $7,500
Best Recital: $5,000
Best Chamber Music Performance: $5,000
People’s Choice: $5,000
Best Performance of an Australian Work: $5,000

The Young Performer of the Year will be presented with the ABC Sir Charles Moses Trophy, multiple copies of a CD recording of their recital/concerto program, one paid performance with the host orchestra, as well as a feature interview in Limelight magazine.