AMF 2016 Awardees:
Justin Sun - Bassoon - AMF Nora Goodridge Emerging Artist Award
Justin was born and raised in Canberra, and moved to Sydney in 2012 to complete a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium. He began playing the bassoon aged thirteen and, being inherently drawn to novelty, also plays the theremin and musical saw. During his degree, from 2014 -16, Justin was mentored by members of the Sydney Symphony as part of their Sinfonia and Fellowship programs. He has performed as a guest principal with the Sydney Symphony and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Justin will use the funds from the AMF Nora Goodridge Emerging Artist Award towards musical and living expenses in London, while he completes a Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music. To watch videos of Justin performing at the AMF Finals at Wigmore Hall Wigmore Hall in October 2016, please click HERE
Jesse Flowers - Guitar - AMF Guy Parsons Award
Jesse was born in Sydney and started guitar lessons with Christopher Keane at the age of eleven. He completed his Bachelor of Music under the guidance of Minh Le Hoang and Timothy Kain. Since November 2014 he has been studying with Tilman Hoppstock at the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt, Germany, where he won the scholarship of the Darmstädter Musikpreis; first prize at the Prinzessin Margaret von Hessen Wettbewerb; a scholarship from the Deutsche Muskrat following his success at the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb, and first prize at the Internationalen Gitarrenwettbewerb Nürtingen. Jesse will participate in the Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler's 2017/18 season. The AMF Guy Parsons Award will support his future Masters studies in Europe and has enabled him to purchase a new instrument by luthier Antonius Müller. www.jesseflowersguitar.com
To watch a video of Jesse performing at the AMF Finals at Wigmore Hall in October 2016, please click HERE
Daniel Mullaney - Tenor - AMF Nora Goodridge Developing Artist Award
Daniel grew up and trained in Perth, Australia, where he attended the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, studying under Patricia Price. Whilst at college, he performed several roles, including Tom Bakewell (The Rake's Progress), Lucentio (Der Widerspänstigen Zähmung by Hermann Goetz) and Obadiah (Elijah). In 2013, at the age of 21, Daniel became a full-time member of the chorus of English National Opera, the youngest chorister ever employed by the company. At ENO Daniel covered several roles, including Francesco (Benvenuto Cellini) and Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance). He made his ENO debut in 2014 at the Postman in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West. He currently studies with David Pollard in the Opera School at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. To watch videos of Daniel performing at the AMF Finals at Wigmore Hall in October 2016, please click HERE
Jade Moffat - Mezzo-soprano - AMF Nora Goodridge Developing Artist Award
Jade was born in Toowoomba, and graduated with a Bachelor of music in Advanced Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She was a Young Artist with Opera Queensland, held the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship for 2014 and 2015, was the recipient of the Marianne Marthy scholarship with the IFAC Singing Competition, and is an Independent Opera Scholar for 2016. Recent roles include Judith (Bluebeard's Castle), Mrs Nolan (The Medium), Fenena (Nabucco), Kate Pinkerton (cover Madama Butterfly for Opera Australia), Diane (The Perfect American) and Tisbe (cover La Cenerentola for Opera Queensland). Jade is currently completing her Masters on the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course, where her roles will include Marta (Iolanta), Mother (Mavra) and Zenobia (Radamisto). www.jademoffat.com
To watch videos of Jade performing at the AMF Finals at Wigmore Hall in October 2016, please click HERE
James Guan - Piano
James was born in Sydney and studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Primary School, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Paul Rickard-Ford. He is currently completing a Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music under Ian Fountain, with the support of the AMF. His prizes include fourth in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition; the Kerikeri International Piano Competition; Most Outstanding Recitalist in the Emerging Artists Series, and third in the International Competition Piana del Cavaliere and the Clamo International Piano Competition. He was also the recipient of the Best Australian Award at the Sydney International Piano Competition, and winner of the Great Romantics Competition in Melbourne. He intends to participate in further competitions and festivals in Europe during his studies in London. www.jamesguanpianist.com
To watch a video of James performing at the AMF Finals at Wigmore Hall in October 2016, please click HERE
Shanie Klas - Percussion
Shanie was born in Melbourne, and while at High School she heard Israeli Percussion duo PercaDu perform a concerto with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which inspired her to make music her future. Since then she has performed concertos with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Monash Academy Orchestras, won the Australian Marimba Competition and the Monash University Concerto Competition in consecutive years. Shanie has toured Europe as a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, and regularly performs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Her AMF Award will support her current studies with She-e-Wu, Christopher Lamb and Vadim Karpinos for her Masters of Music in Performance at Northwestern University, USA, where she has been named the Richard and Helen Thomas Fellow and is also supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. To watch videos of Shanie performing recently at University, please click HERE
Waynne Kwon - Cello
Waynne was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1995 and began playing the cello at the age of three, first studying with his mother before moving to Sydney. He currently studies at the Royal Northern College of Music under Hannah Roberts, with a full bursary, generously supported by the Howarth Trust and Leverhulme Trust. Waynne was also awarded the Higgins Family Scholarship from the Tait Memorial Trust in 2014. He plans to use his AMF Award towards the purchase of a new bow for his instrument and to attend summer courses in Europe. Waynne is fortunate to be performing on a cello made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1694, on loan from the RNCM for the duration of his studies. In August 2017, he will be collaborating as a soloist with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Western Sydney, and the Concertante Ensemble. To watch a video of Waynne playing at the AMF Finals at Wigmore Hall in October 2016, please click HERE
Oscar Jiang - Piano
Oscar was born in Melbourne and started paying the piano at the age of six. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, and has won numerous prizes at national and international competitions, such as Best Performance of a Work by Chopin at the 2015 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, fifth place at the 2013 Thailand International Piano Competition, and third place in the 2012 Hanoi International Piano Competition in Vietnam, as well as other significant prizes in Australia. He is currently in his first year of his BMus at the Juilliard School, New York, studying with Professor Matti Raekallio. Oscar's AMF Award will help to support his music education in the USA and enable him to take part in upcoming international piano competitions. To watch a video of Oscar playing Chopin's Ballade in F Minor, Opus 52, please click HERE
James Yan - Composer - AMF UK Trustees Award
James comes from Illawarra NSW, and is a film composer and conductor, studying at the Royal College of Music, in the Master of Composition (Composition for Screen) program, under the tutelage of Francis Shaw. He currently holds the position of assistant conductor of the Student Film Orchestra at the RCM. Since completing his BMus, James has written scores for almost twenty short films and documentaries, receiving numerous nominations for best score at the Sydney Film School and Melbourne Indie film festivals. He received the Best Composer award at the 22nd Sydney Film School film festival. In Australia, James studied under renowned Australian composers Christopher Gordon and Caitlin Yeo, orchestrator Anton Koch and conductor -Grace Williams. James's AMF Award will support his living expenses for this academic year. www.jamesyancomposer.com / Facebook
Please click HERE for video of James conducting a scoring session at the RCM
Please click HERE for video of James's composition, The Little Matchgirl
AMF 2015 Awardees
Emily Edmonds - Mezzo soprano
Emily Edmonds studied at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she attained a BMus Performance with First Class Honours. She was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera, and a scholar with the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust, holding the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship and the Patrick and Vivian Gordon Award. She has recently performed in operas and concerts for Sydney Chamber Opera, Pinchgut Opera, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She has just joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House. In her first Season her roles include Third Grace/Third Fate (Orpheus) at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, Alms Sister (Suor Angelica) and Käthchen (Werther) at the ROH. She will be using her AMF Award to continue her vocal and language studies.
Lauren Fagan - Soprano
Lauren Fagan was born in Sydney and began her training as a Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust Scholar, studying with Glenn Winslade and Sharolyn Kimmorley. She moved to London and completed the GSMD Opera Course and is now a member of the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist Programme. In her first Season her roles included Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Gianetta (L’Elisir d’amore) and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte). Her future productions for the Royal Opera include Muse (Orfeo), Lila (The Firework-Maker’s Daughter), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Amante (Il tabarro) and Ines (Il trovatore). She will use her AMF scholarship to continue her training in London with Susan Waters, among other vocal coaches and language specialists.
Alexandra Flood - Soprano
Alexandra Flood was born in Victoria and completed her DipMus at the Melbourne Conservatory of Music in 2011. As young artist at the Salzburg Festival, she sang Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail für Kinder), Modistin (Der Rosenkavalier, Vienna Philharmonic) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola für Kinder). In 2015 she made her German debut as Marguerite in Le Petit Faust with the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich. Next year, Alexandra will reprise the role of Blonde with the Bregenz Landestheater in Austria and sing Edna in Jonathan Dove’s Tobias and the Angel with the Münchener Rundfunkorchester. She is currently studying for a Master of Opera at the Bayerische Theater Akademie August Everding at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Alexandra’s AMF award will support her formal music education and ongoing private studies. She recently won one of only 12 places out of 1,300 applicants to perform at the Wolf Trap Summer Opera Festival in Virginia this year.
Stephanie Jones - Guitar
Stephanie Jones began learning guitar at 11 years old in Perth, Australia. After school she studied guitar at the Australian National University, Canberra, and graduated with First Class Honours in 2014. She is currently studying for a Masters in Classical Guitar Performance with Thomas Müller-Pering at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Cologne, Germany. She has had a successful career so far, taking part in an Australia-wide tour and releasing a new CD entitled ‘Colours of Spain’. Stephanie has won multiple competitions, prestigious scholarships and awards, and will use her AMF Award to continue to study in Europe, and to enable her to attend many festivals, including the Darmstadt Guitar Festival in December and the Guitar Foundation of America Convention. She is planning a New Zealand tour next year.
Andrey Lebedev - Guitar
Andrey Lebedev was born in Moscow and brought up in Australia. He is studying for an Advanced Diploma in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, supported by the Australian Music Foundation. He gained his BMus degree with First Class Honours at the Australian National University in 2012, and became the only Australian to win 1st prize in the Adelaide International Guitar Competition, the first classical guitarist to receive the Australian National Fine Music ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Award, and the only classical guitarist to gain a Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship. In 2013 he won 1st prize and the Bach prize in the 25th Gisborne International Music Competition, and in 2015 was awarded his MA with distinction, and won the RAM ‘David Russell’ Guitar Prize and Recital Diploma.
Sonya Pigot - Piano - The AMF Nora Goodridge Young Artist Award
Sonya Pigot studied piano in Hobart, Tasmania, from the age of 4. She received her AmusA in 2012 and LmusA in Piano Practice in 2013 from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. Sonya won the 2013 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Rising Star Competition, andin 2014 was awarded First Prize in both the Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Award Piano Competition and the Tasmanian Conservatorium Piano Competition. She was also the Piano Finalist in the 3MBS Young Performer Award, at Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. Sonya has participated in International Piano Masterclasses in Sydney with John Perry, in Spain with Pavel Gililov, and at the Epinal International Piano Competition in France. She is the recipient of the AMF Nora Goodridge Young Artist Award and is currently in the first year of her BMus (Hons) at the Royal College of Music, London.
Emily Sun - Violin - The AMF Nora Goodridge Emerging Artist Award
Emily Sun, born in Sydney, began playing the violin at the age of 4, studying with her late father Dr Daniel Yi Sun. She has won all major violin competitions in Australia including the National Youth Concerto Competition, and the ABC Young Performers Award, and is a regular soloist with the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmania and Canberra Symphony Orchestras. Emily is widely recognized in Australia following the release of the award-winning documentary 'Mrs Carey's Concert'. She is using the AMF Nora Goodridge Emerging Artist Award to support her final year in the Masters of Music degree at the Royal College of Music. Future engagements include soloist with the Moscovia Chamber Orchestra in Moscow, South Arizona Symphony in Phoenix USA and the premiere of the Kazemi Violin Concerto with the Light of Music Philharmonic Orchestra in Cadogan Hall next January. Emily won the Gold Medal at the Grand Final of the Royal Overseas League Competition at Cadogan Hall on 1 June 2016.
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