YOUNG VIRTUOSO AWARD
The National Fine Music MBS Network Young Virtuoso of the Year Award is an initiative of the five fine music stations that make up the network – ArtSound FM Canberra, Fine Music FM 102.5 Sydney, 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne, 4MBS Classic FM Brisbane and 5MBS Adelaide.
Each year the Young Virtuoso Award rewards the talent of a classical instrumentalist under the age of 25 or a classical singer under the age of 30 with a $10,000 prize.
Each station has a rigorous selection process to pick the State finalist who will represent their station. The five finalists then compete by performing at the National Final.
The 2020 Award has been regretfully cancelled due to Covid-19.
The Young Virtuoso Award Queensland competitors are selected from the UQ School of Music and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music – Griffith University.
The Queensland Young Virtuoso Final is usually held at the 4MBS Performance Studio around September. The competitors perform live in front of a panel of adjudicators and are asked to prepare at least two contrasting pieces with a total maximum playing time of 15 minutes.
The National Final is hosted by a different Fine Music MBS network station each year. Finalists are asked to prepare at least two contrasting pieces with a playing time of 15-20 minutes.
Any enquiries can be emailed to Maggie Findlay.
Young Virtuoso Award 2019
The 2019 winner of the Queensland Youth Virtuoso Award was Ruby Luck, piano. The 2019 National Final was held at 5MBS in Adelaide. The 2019 National Youth Virtuoso Award was jointly won by Charlotte Miles, cello (VIC) and Eugene Wei, piano (SA).
UNIVERSITY CHAMBER MUSIC PRIZES
The 4MBS Musica Viva Sid Page Memorial Prize in Chamber Music is an annual competition open to UQ School of Music chamber ensembles with cash prizes offered to the top three chamber ensembles.
The Final is held at the UQ School of Music in October. The ensembles perform live in front of a panel of adjudicators from 4MBS and Musica Viva.
2019 winners – The Brahms Quartet (Amy Hosking, Shing Him Chan, Rory Smith, Celine Chong)
The 4MBS Ross Peters Chamber Music Prize is an annual competition open to Queensland Conservatorium of Music – Griffith University chamber ensembles with cash prizes offered to the top chamber ensembles.
The Final is held at the Conservatorium in September. The ensembles perform live in front of a panel of adjudicators.
2019 winners – Emporer String Quartet (Fiona Qiu, Donica Tran, Harry Swainston, Nadia Barrow)
With a mission to introduce children to the great classics, 4MBS produces performances just for kids. We have “Kids Classics” themed events at our Festival of Classics and Brisbane Shakespeare Festival, so keep an eye out when the festivals are on!