This year we publicised the awards to all conservatoria in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and ACT, inviting applications for assistance from our foundation. Applications closed on October 17 and our auditions took place on November 23. Each of the six finalists had to perform a thirty-minute program for an independent artistic assessment panel chaired by Professor Michael Brimer, together with Ms Natalia Sheludiakova and Dr Christine Logan.

We are pleased to announce three awards each in the amount of six thousand dollars.

L to R: Pavle Cajic, Sabina Im and Alex Raineri

Pavle Cajic is twenty, currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He is planning a career as a solo/chamber pianist and composer. He plans on applying the award to assist in covering costs for overseas study in Germany and Europe, and for international com petition entry fees.

Sabina Im is twenty-four, has been studying in Sydney and recently in London. She is planning her career as a solo performer, chamber musician  and accompanist. She plans on using her award to further her studies in London.

Alex Raineri is twenty one, studying in Brisbane and in Melbourne. His career plans include solo and chamber music, specialising in contemporary music. He is one of the founding members of the ensemble Kupka’s Piano. He plans on using his award to assist with three overseas projects over the next two years – the first early in the 2015 in Brussels, London and Manchester and Graz; the second mid-year in fort Worth, New Haven, San Diego and North Adams in the USA; the third in 2016 in Cleveland and Darmstadt.