Jakub Jankowski has been awarded Helpmann Academy’s 2017 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award for best arts graduate, valued at $10,000. A graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide, he is an emerging cellist, composer and conductor. The Award acknowledges the achievements of a distinguished graduate from South Australia’s tertiary education institutions, and is awarded to a nominated individual who has shown excellence and commitment to working in their creative field.

Jakub Jankowski.

Jankowski graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2016 with Honours in Music (Composition). His recent achievements includes the world premiere of his String Octet by the Goldner String Quartet and Elias Quartet at this year’s Musica Viva Festival in April and the world premiere of his cello sonata Aspects of Return by German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and Serbian pianist Aleksandar Madžar on tour for Musica Viva in September. His music has also been played at the Adelaide International Cello Festival, the Sacrarium International Composers’ Forum in Lviv, Ukraine, and the London International Mime Festival. He has already received commissions by some of Australia’s top performing organisations for the next three years.

“As an emerging young composer from South Australia, it is an unbelievable honour to be the recipient of the Helpmann Academy’s prestigious Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award,” Jankowski told Limelight. “This award represents a massive vote of confidence in my abilities as a composer and is a motivating encouragement for me to continue further along the path of musical composition. I’m very grateful to the Helpmann Academy and all their support I’ve received over the years, as well as Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for their generous financing of the award, and their steadfast commitment to supporting the arts and emerging artists in Australia.”

“Being awarded this generous sum of money is an incredible privilege which will allow me to fund future travels overseas in order to further my training as a composer and refine my skills,” he added. “It also allows me to invest in some much needed equipment to increase my composition workflow.”