YOUNG VIRTUOSI: Unearthing musical talent and diversity

Capture.PNGThis month, Young Virtuosi presents a range of fascinating programs featuring music from the Australian Singing Competition, United Music Teachers Competition and more from Sydney Eisteddfod.

This month we feature highlights from a number of music competitions, firstly the IFAC Australian Singing Competition’s Marianne Mathy Scholarship.

The IFAC Australian Singing Competition evolved from the Marianne Mathy Scholarship, which was established through a bequest made in the will of Marianne Mathy-Frisdane, an operatic soprano and distinguished teacher who trained many well- known Australian singers. For more than three decades the IFAC ASC has helped discover and deliver financial and career opportunities to some of our region’s finest talent in opera  and classical singing. Semi-finals are a week-long process for the singers, encompassing a workshop, a private adjudication session and the semifinals concert.

As semi-finalists, the singers are required to prepare no less than four items of music that must include a work by a classical or baroque composer (such as Monteverdi, Handel, Bach or Mozart) and a song for voice and piano (such as a lied, art song, or chanson). The adjudicators hear any or all of these pieces in the private adjudication session held the day before the concert.

At the concert, each singer presents two pieces, one of which must be an art song. This requirement is intended to encourage young classical singers who want careers outside the operatic domain, and remains a distinctive element of the competition.

Five singers will then be selected as finalists for the 2016 Gala Finals Concert, to be held at 7pm on Thursday 18 August in the Concert Hall at The Concourse, Chatswood.

Capture.PNGWe also feature the United Music Teachers competition which is held each year in Killara. The Roger Woodward Award 2015 winner, pianist Leanne Jin is featured and from the 2016 competition, which was held on Sunday 19 June, we hear the first of the pianists Emily Mar. We also feature in our broadcast on 10 August, more from the Emerging Young Artists program, with a performance by violinist Phoebe Gardner.

Highlights of Sydney Eisteddfod

Capture.PNGThe Eisteddfod season is in full swing and selections from the finals follow in broadcasts
in the coming months.

The Opera Award, originally known as The Sun Aria, was established with the first City of Sydney Eisteddfod in 1933 to discover fine voices throughout Australia and New Zealand. We feature excerpts from this competition in our broadcast on 17 August.

On August 24 you can hear Fine Music’s recording of the finals of the NSW Doctors Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship (16-25 years). This Award endeavours to discover and encourage an outstanding instrumentalist in the fields of strings (bowed and plucked), woodwind or brass Capture.PNGinstruments.

The final broadcast for this month will feature the Australian Choral Grand Prix, which is being held Sunday 21 August at Sydney Grammar School and presented by Sydney Eisteddfod and Rotary Club of Sydney Cove.

– Judy Deacon


This article appeared in the August edition of Fine Music Magazine – you can subscribe to our monthly magazine and have it posted to your home or business or click the link here to read online.

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