Australian Music Foundation
2015 marked the 40th Anniversary of the founding of The Australian Music Foundation in 1975. The AMF is a charitable organisation 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 soprano Lauren Fagan recently made her debut with WNO as Musetta in La Bohème. Other distinguished Alumni include baritone Peter Coleman-Wright, pianist Jayson Gillham and guitarist Craig Ogden.
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AMF AWARDEES 2017
Following the Finals at Wigmore Hall on 4th October, the AMF is delighted to announce the names of the new Awardees:
Samantha Clarke, soprano, Perth - Opera Artist Diploma, GSMD
Connor D’Netto, composer, Queensland - Masters, RCM
Matan Franco, composer, Melbourne - Masters in Film Scoring, Pulse College, Dublin
Phoebe Gardner, violin, Sydney - BMus, Juilliard School, New York
Oscar Jiang, piano, Carlton - BMus, Juilliard School, New York (also 2016 awardee)
Waynne Kwon, cello, Sydney - BMusHONS, RNCM, Manchester (also 2016 awardee)
Victoria Wong, violin, Darlinghurst - BMus, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin
Edith Yam, organ, Sydney - Masters, Conservatory of Amsterdam
Eilidh Young, snare drum, Gosford NSW - BMus, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
None of this would be possible without the generosity of our prize donors, particularly Mrs Nora Goodridge in Sydney, and the Portland House Foundation, to whom we are most grateful.
Many thanks also, to the distinguished panel of judges for devoting their time and expertise to this difficult task. Guest judges this year included Australian musicians Leslie Howard (international pianist and recording artist), mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup (Wiener Staatsoper, ROH London, WNO) and violinist Jennifer Nickson (Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden).
Many thanks to Michael Whalley, Karen Goldie-Morrison and all who helped to make the Australian Charity Art Auction such a wonderful success. More than 60 Australian artworks were auctioned by a Christie’s auctioneer at Australia House in aid of a number of much loved UK-based charities with Australian connections, including the AMF. We are most grateful to Michael Whalley for this generous and inspiring initiative, and to all who donated artworks for the auction. Several AMF musicians performed in a short concert to showcase the wonderful Australian talent being supported by the auction. AMF Alumna, soprano Lauren Fagan and current Awardees, pianist James Guan and mezzo-soprano Jade Moffat were accompanied by AMF Trustee, Linnhe Robertson.
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