The Australian Music Foundation has announced that 11 young musicians have received grants at this year’s finals competition. Since 1975, the UK-based foundation has supported more than 200 young musicians in their studies overseas, with past recipients including baritone Peter Coleman-Wright, pianist Jayson Gillham, soprano Lauren Fagan and violinist Emily Sun. Led by UK Chairman Yvonne Kenny, the trustees strive to assist young Australians in accessing the finest music colleges in Europe and America.

Award recipients. Photo supplied

“We are delighted to be able to support so many brilliant young Australian musicians in their studies overseas, as they work towards becoming the professional musicians of the future. The standard of applicants this year was higher than ever and with the financial demands of international fees and living expenses, they need our support to help them achieve their goals,” said Kenny.

Three musicians have received named awards this year. Clarinettist Magdalenna Krstevska received the AMF Nora Goodridge Developing Artist Award, which will support her studies at the Royal College of Music as she embarks on a two-year Master of Performance course. Krstevska hopes that her time in London will see her participate in international competitions and auditions, as well as gain experience with some of the leading orchestras.

Euphonium player James Blackford has meanwhile taken home the AMF Guy Parsons Award, which will see him begin a one-year Master of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He hopes to further develop and explore the possibilities of the instrument and intends to return to Australia as both a performer and educator.

Soprano Yvette Keong received the AMF Nora Goodridge Young Artist Award, which will see her continue her studies at the Juilliard School in New York, which she hopes will lead to a professional opera career.

Other AMF awardees this year are violinist Victoria Wong, pianist David Soo, cellist Waynne Kwon, violinist Courtenay Cleary, bass-baritone Jeremy Kleeman, cellist Guillaume Wang, pianist Robbin Reza and violinist Mitzi Gardner.


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