ABC Young Performers Award 2013

Delighted to report the great success of two of our Awardees in the ABC Young Performers Award 2013. The 12 finalists have now been reduced to 6 overnight after outstanding performances from everyone. Two of the remaining finalists on piano are Stefan Cassomenos and Hoang Phan.

Stefan Cassemenos, Piano
Stefan Cassemenos, Piano

Stefan has performed for the TMT in London at 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace and for the TPAA at the Savage Club twice and Hoang has also performed as part of the Melbourne Piano Trio and was awarded our prize last year when he studied at the Royal College of Music in London.

Hoang Phan, Pianist
Hoang Phan, Pianist

The next round is Chamber Music & will take place on Wednesday 9th October at the Iwaki Auditorium and Stefan or Hoang will then proceed to the final which takes place on Saturday evening 12th October at 7pm with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and recorded on ABC FM.

The prize money for this year is:

Best Recital Prize – $5,000
Best Chamber Music Performance Prize – $5,000
People’s Choice Prize – $5,000
Best Performance of an Australian Work Prize – $5,000
Concerto Finalist Prize x 2 (runners-up) – $7,500
Young Performer of the Year – $25,000

After two days and four concerts to hear each competitor play a recital program, the following six have been chosen to go through to the next round.

Concert 1
1pm, Wednesday 9 October, Iwaki Auditorium
Grace Clifford (violin) performing the Brahms Piano Trio in C minor Op 101
Andrew Kawai (oboe) performing the Mozart Oboe Quartet in F K 370
Stefan Cassomenos (piano) performing the Mendelssohn Piano Trio No 1 in D minor Op 49
Concert 2
7pm, Wednesday 9 October, Iwaki Auditorium
Harry Ward (violin) performing the Brahms Piano Trio in C minor Op 101
Hoang Pham (piano) performing the Mendelssohn Piano Trio No 1 in D minor Op 49
Jonathon Ramsay (euphonium) performing the Brahms Horn Trio Op 40

The adjudicators are Ian Munro, Barbara Jane Gilby, Catherine McCorkill and chair of the panel is Huw Humphreys. Both of these concerts will be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM. Tickets are free and available at the door an hour prior to each concert.

Catch up on recitals from round one via the individual competitor, or listen to the entire concerts for Day 1and Day 2.

You can read about the performers and follow their progress on the website:

We wish both of them Toi Toi Toi!!!