Australian Music Foundation

The Australian Music Foundation UK is a charitable organisation based in London, which aims to promote and celebrate Australian musical life, by offering scholarships, performing opportunities and mentoring to young musicians who wish to pursue their post-graduate studies overseas. 2015 awardee, violinist Emily Sun, won the 2016 Royal Overseas League Gold Medal and the 2018 ABC Young Performer Award in Sydney, and soprano Lauren Fagan has recently appeared with Opera Holland Park as Violetta in La Traviata, and is currently performing in Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the ROH,Covent Garden. Other distinguished Alumni include baritone Peter Coleman-Wright, pianist Jayson Gillham and guitarist Craig Ogden.

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the 2018 AMF Awards

Many thanks to all who attended the Finals of the AMF Awards on the afternoon of Sunday,14th October, in the Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London. We are most grateful to the panel of distinguished judges, who generously gave up their time to help young Australian musicians studying overseas:

Yvonne Kenny AM - soprano, Chairman of the Panel (non-voting), Chairman AMF UK
Grant Doyle - baritone (Royal Opera House, Opera North, Garsington Opera) 
Anthony Legge- conductor and vocal coach (Glyndebourne, ENO, Opera Australia)
Linnhe Robertson - AMF Trustee (Artistic and Research Consultant for Opera & Voice, GSMD)                                
Patrick Savage - violin (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tippett String Quartet)
Stephen Savage- piano (Soloist, recording artist, piano tutor RNCM) 

We are delighted to announce the names of the 2018 AMF AWARDEES

Samantha Clarke, soprano (GSMD) - AMF Nora Goodridge Emerging Artist Award   

Rachel Siu, cello (Juilliard School) - AMF Nora Goodridge Young Artist Award     

Victoria Wong, violin (Hans Eisler School, Berlin) - AMF Award

Waynne Kwon, cello (RNCM) - AMF Award and winner of the new AMF Audience Prize

 David Soo, piano (GSMD) - AMF Award

Courtney Cleary, violin (Juilliard School) - AMF Guy Parsons Award, donated by the Portland House Foundation in honour of one of AMF’s founding Trustees

Zoe Drummond, soprano (GSMD) - AMF Award

Rohan Dasika, double bass (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt) - AMF Award

Robbin Reza, piano (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln, Germany) - AMF UK Trustees Award

We are most grateful to all our AMF donors, particularly Nora Goodridge, the Portland House Foundation, David Constable and Ida Lichter, without whom these awards would not be possible.

AMF Alumna violinist Emily Sun wins the 2018 ABC Young Performers Award

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Many congratulations to violinist Emily Sun (pictured), former AMF Guy Parsons and Nora Goodridge Awardee, who won the 2018 ABC Young Performers  Award in the Finals at the Sydney Opera House on 14th July. Emily’s prize included $105,000 in cash, numerous professional engagements and the ABC Classic FM Artist in Residence Prize

Four recent AMF Awardees took part in the semi-finals of the ABC Young Performers Award in Sydney on16th and17th July: Waynne Kwon, cello (current AMF Guy Parsons Awardee), Andrey Lebedev, guitar, Emily Sun, violin and Victoria Wong, violin. Read the full story in the Limelight Magazine article below.…/violinist-emily-sun…/

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New AMF Patron in the UK announced

The AMF is honoured and delighted to announce that His Excellency the Hon George Brandis QC, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, has accepted Chairman Yvonne Kenny's invitation to become AMF Patron in the UK. We wish him well during his tenure at Australia House and hope to see him at one of our musical events in the near future.


AMF attend HRH the Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration
at Buckingham palace

 L to R: Prof Peter Tregear (Chair AMF Australia Foundation), AMF donor Dr Ida Lichter, Yvonne Kenny AM (Chair AMF UK), AMF donor Mrs Nora Goodridge, AMF Trustee James Pitman

L to R: Prof Peter Tregear (Chair AMF Australia Foundation), AMF donor Dr Ida Lichter, Yvonne Kenny AM (Chair AMF UK), AMF donor Mrs Nora Goodridge, AMF Trustee James Pitman

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