at PO Box 1693, Geelong, 3220
Classical music competition for young people. Formerly the Geelong Advertiser Music Competition
REGIONAL SECTION - open to solo classical instrumental performers Aged up to and including 18 years of age as at 1st January 2015 Must have lived at your principal residence in the G21 footprint or are a full time secondary student in the G21 footprint or are a music student studying with a music teacher residing in the G21 footprint Required standard of entry is Grade 6 AMEB or equivalent NATIONAL SECTION - open to solo classical instrumental performers Aged between 16 and 25 years of age by April 24th 2015 Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia or have resided in Australia for no less than 12 months preceding application.
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2015 Competition - 25th Anniversary Next year's competition is off to a good start with a generous grant through the City of Greater Geelong's Arts and Festivals Grant Program. The presentation ceremony was held last night at City Hall for all the successful community arts groups with showcases of previous projects. Next year is the 25th Anniversary of the scholarship so we are planning something special to celebrate - maybe entice one of our many past winners back to Geelong for a special performance?
Finals Concert Presentations
Finals Concert 2014 Sunday August 17th, 2:30pm Best of luck to all the finalists performing tomorrow at the Finals Concert - Regional Section - William Crowther (trumpet), Alexander Jeantou (tuba), Kelvin Liu (piano) and Amy You (violin) National Section - Doretta Balkizas (violin), Latham Horn (flute) and Aaron Liu (piano)
2015 Competition The 2015 on-line applications will be available soon (aiming for mid January) - just finalising details with our new National sponsor. We have also lined up a special guest adjudicator and performer for the August Finals Concert. All will be revealed soon!
National Semi-Final Concert - Sunday 19th July 2015, 2pm Counting down the hours to the Semi-final Concert tomorrow - an afternoon of ten performances from our semi-finalists. Warwick Ross, General Manager of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust flew into Geelong this morning for the Competition Launch tonight and the concert tomorrow. Some of our interstate semi-finalists are already in Geelong and rehearsing while others will be arriving tomorrow. Stay tuned for the results!
National Semi-Final Concert Sunday July 19th, 2pm Keith Humble Centre Geelong College Senior School Aphrasia Street entrance, Newtown, Geelong Tickets available at the door Adults (Including Seniors) - $20 Concession - $15 Students (Over 18) - $10 Students (Under 18) - Free Includes afternoon tea Enjoy an afternoon of performances from 10 outstanding classical musicians to choose 3 finalists.
National Semi-finalists Selected - Andrew Blanch, guitar Kathy Chow, piano Kevin Chow, piano Chloe Chung, flute Zoe Freisberg, violin Nils Hobiger, cello Lily Higson-Spence, violin Shanie Klas, marimba Sungpil Lee, clarinet Michael Li, piano
Regional Finals - Sunday June 14th Twelve outstanding performances from our finalists and the $2,000 First Prize was awarded to 15 year old pianist Kelvin Liu after a flawless performance. The three $1,000 Geelong Chamber Music Society Runner-up Prizes were awarded to pianist Sasha Capill, saxophonist Ben Farrell and cellist Darwie Fang. Adjudicator Dr. Gary Ekkel said all the young musicians should be congratulated on the very high standard of their performance.
Time to announce our Regional Finalists The Audition Panel had the difficult job of selecting 12 outstanding finalists going through to the Regional Finals, they are - Sasha Capill (piano) William Crowther (trumpet) Sarasa Deguchi (violin) Rachel-Lee Dickson (piano) Callum Edwards (trombone) Darwie Fang (cello) Ben Farrell (alto saxophone) Grace Law (piano) Kelvin Liu (piano) Lydia Mackie (clarinet) Neel Malhotra (violin) Amy You (violin) Regional Finals Sunday June 14th, 2pm Keith Humble Centre Geelong College Senior School Aphrasia Street Entrance, Newtown, Geelong Tickets available at the door Adults (includes seniors) - $20 Concession - $15 Students (over 18) - $10 Students (under 18) - Free
2015 Applications Now Closed After a busy couple of weeks, the National application CDs have been sent off to the Selection panel and the timetable drawn up for the Regional Section auditions on Sunday May 17th. The response was excellent this year with 23 Regional and 32 National applications in total - the 25th Anniversary competition year is off to a flying start.
2015 Applications There has been a great response with applications in both the Regional and National Sections - thank you to all those who have applied this year. Closing date is Friday 24th April (by last post) so there could still be more forms and CDs waiting in the post box tomorrow!
Thank you to our 2015 Competition Sponsors- Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust The Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Trust Geelong Advertiser Group Geelong Performing Arts Centre City of Greater Geelong Geelong Chamber Music Society Geelong Connected Communities Geelong Rotary Club Introducing our 25th Anniversary Patrons - Costa Asset Management Morongo Old Collegians Association
Limelight - Australia's Classical Music and Arts Magazine April 2015 Edition, page 97 Advertisement for 2015 Australian Youth Classical Music Competition
The Trust is delighted to announce the 2015 Finals Concert adjudicator and special guest performer for the 25th Anniversary Year of the competition - Mr Clemens Lekse, pianist (National Competition Past Winner 2002) One of Australia's most distinguished pianists, Clemens Leske has been concerto soloist with all of Australia's symphony orchestras and many international orchestras. www.clemensleske.com
Dates for 2015 - 25th Anniversary Different format for next year as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the scholarship. The Regional Section will have its own Finals with the winner performing at the August Finals Concert along with the three National Section finalists. Plus we have a special guest performer and adjudicator - one of our past winners of the scholarship. Stay tuned for an announcement! On-line Applications open - Mid January Print Applications available - Mid February Applications Close - Friday April 24th Regional Section Auditions - Sunday May 17th Regional Section Finals - Sunday June 14th TBC National Section Semi-Finals - Sunday July 19th Finals Concert - Sunday August 23rd
AYCMC Website The competition website is up and running with 2014 Regional and National Applications forms available for download or for an on-line application. www.aycmc.org.au
National Semi-Final Results Performances from nine amazing young musicians yesterday at the National Semi-final Round of the competition. Adjudicator Stephen Snelleman had the unenviable job of selecting the three finalists for next month's Finals Concert on August 17th. The finalists are - Doretta Balkizas (violin), Latham Horn (flute) and Aaron Liu (piano). The Audience Prize for favourite performer went to Nadia Koudasheva (piano).
Finals Concert Sunday August 17th 2014, 2:30pm Keith Humble Centre The Geelong College Aphrasia Street Entrance Newtown, Geelong Ticket Prices Full Price - $35 Seniors card - $30 Concession - $25 Group of 10 or more - $20 Student (All) - $10 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) - $60 Geelong Performing Arts Centre 50 Little Malop Street, Geelong Phone - 03 5225 1200 www.gpac.org.au Tickets also available at the door
National Section Semi-Final Sunday July 20th 2014, 2:30pm McAuley Hall, Sacred Heart College Aphrasia Street Entrance Newtown, Geelong Entry - $10 Adults, Students - Free Tickets available at the door
National Section Semi-Final Nine semi-finalists have been selected to compete at the National Section Semi-Final on July 20th 2014 - they are Jack Bailey (Cello) NSW, Doretta Balkizas (Violin) VIC, Latham Horn (Flute) QLD, Elizabeth Hubbard (Cello) QLD, Margaret Kong (Piano) VIC, Nadia Koudasheva (Piano) NSW, Sungpil Lee (Clarinet) VIC, Aaron Liu (Piano) QLD and Simone Maurer (Flute) QLD. Three performers will be chosen to proceed to the Finals Concert on August 17th 2014.
Regional Section Semi-final Round 2014 Thursday May 29th Last night's semi-final round was held to select the four finalists who will compete at the Finals Concert on Sunday August 17th. Fantastic performances from the nine semi-finalists - Jeremy King (Alto saxophone), Amy You (Violin), Kelvin Liu (Piano), Bella Winter (Alto saxophone), Hamish Russell (violin), Sasha Capill (Piano), Joshua Smith (Cello), William Crowther (Trumpet) and Alexander Jeantou (Tuba). The adjudicator Mr Tom Healey Was impressed with the high level of musicianship and how well prepared the semi-finalists were - he had the difficult job of choosing only four finalists. Congratulations to Amy (Violin), Kelvin (Piano), William (Trumpet) and Alexander (Tuba) who will go through to the Finals Concert.
2014 Regional & National Applications now Closed Thank you to all the applicants who have applied for the competition in both sections - you will receive your confirmation letter and fee receipt this coming week. The first event is the - Regional Section Auditions Sunday May 18th, from 9:30am Robertson Hall Geelong College Preparatory College
ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award 2013 Congratulations to pianist Hoang Pham who was named the Young Performer of the Year on October 12th at the Melbourne Town Hall. Hoang performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Hoang was the 2004 National Winner of the Geelong Advertiser Music Competition (former competition name) and also gave a piano recital this year as part of the Geelong Chamber Music Society Concert Series. Well done to violinist Anne-Marie Johnson who was one of the 12 outstanding finalists selected from over 200 applications to compete for the title of Young Performer of the Year. Anne-Marie has been a National finalist in the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition in previous years.
AYCMC Website The website is currently being rebuilt and will be back soon with up-dated information about this year's competition and results - we also plan to improve the on-line application system ready for action in 2014.