Cellist Ho-Se Kim is the winner of the 2019 Queensland Symphony Orchestra Young Instrumentalist Prize. From the Gold Coast, the year 12 student received a $5,000 cash prize, four mentoring opportunities, and the chance to perform with QSO in an upcoming education concert. He secured his win with the second movement from Shostakovich’s Concerto No 1 for Cello and Orchestra.


Ho-Se Kim. Photo supplied

Currently a student of QSO Principal Cello David Lale, Kim began playing the cello at seven and is section leader in the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra’s Youth Symphony. In last year’s Gold Coast Eisteddfod, he was named the most outstanding solo string player and was a member of the most outstanding trio/quartet.

This year’s finalists in descending order were violinist Anna Suzuki, marimba player Lehan Ling, trumpet play Oliver Schubert, violist Angelina Kim and violinist Andrew Namgung. They also received cash prizes and mentoring opportunities.

The Young Instrumentalist Competition was established by QSO in 1999 to inspire and support secondary school students in their musical development. The winner in 2018 was violinist and year 10 student Noah Lynch, one of the youngest musicians to win the Young Instrumentalist Prize in the competition’s history.


Ho-Se Kim will perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the Education Explore program Concert of Curiosities on October 23

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