Fine Music 102.5 Radio’s annual excellence award goes to talented recorder player

Recorder virtuoso and contemporary music pioneer Genevieve Lacey is one of Australia’s most accomplished musicians and now another superbly talented Australian recorder player is on the brink of a major career breakthrough. Alicia Crossley, who has already recorded two solo albums featuring a range of music from Baroque masterpieces of the recorder repertoire to brand new works written especially for her, has been named as the winner of the 2015 Kruger Scholarship, awarded by Fine Music 102.5FM Radio

Crossley, who is an alumnus of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, made her recording debut in 2011 with Addicted to Bass. Her upcoming second disc, Alchemy, will feature music of the baroque, classical, romantic and modern eras with works by J S Bach, Telemann, Tromlitz, Faure, Debussy, Takemitsu, Anne Boyd and Jacob Ter Veldhuis.

The $10,000 award helps young artists further their careers, and Crossley’s vision for her own future is firmly set on developing the public’s interest in the humble recorder. “My aim is to present high quality performances that not only show the virtuosic capabilities of the recorder, but also display the rich musical history of the instrument” says Crossley. “From early renaissance dance tunes to contemporary electro-acoustic compositions I want to push the instrument’s technical limits.”

In a similar vein to Genevieve Lacey, a commitment to increasing the contemporary repertoire of the recorder has been a corner stone of Crossley’s career to date. Over the last five years she has collaborated with some of the country’s leading composers including Paul Cutlan, Stephen Yates, Mark Oliveiro, Tristan Coelho, Andrew Batt-Rawden, Alex Pozniak, Chris Williams, Elias Constantopedos, Paul Castles and Hayden Woolf.

Only in its second year, The Kruger Scholarship offers performers and composers who demonstrate commitment and potential to have a viable career in classical or jazz music and in addition to the generous cash bursary also have their performances aired on Fine Music 102.5FM.

“We’re thrilled to play a role in promoting such a brilliant young star,” says Fine Music Chairman Peter Kurti. “With the aid of the Kruger Scholarship, Alicia will next year head off for a concert tour of NSW and Victoria to promote her new album Alchemy, and as part of our scholarship commitment, Fine Music 102.5 will take great pleasure in helping to promote Alicia’s exceptional talent and promising career.”