Australian Music Foundation
The Australian Music Foundation 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. For AMF News, please see below.
Applications for 2018 will open at the beginning of April.
AMF Spring Showcase
Chairman Yvonne Kenny and the Trustees would be delighted to welcome you to the AMF Spring Showcase on Wednesday 14th March in the Downer Room at Australia House. The evening will begin with a Drinks Reception, kindly sponsored by McGuigan Wines, followed by a short concert by some of our new Awardees in the presence of His Excellency Alexander Downer AC, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. A hot supper with McGuigan's red and white wines will round off the evening, during which there will be an opportunity to meet the Awardees and some of our Alumni who are now making their way in the profession.
Tickets: £35 Click to book via EventBrite
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 (AMF Nora Goodridge Developing Artist Award)
Connor D’Netto, composer, Queensland - Masters, RCM (AMF Award)
Matan Franco, composer, Melbourne - Masters in Film Scoring, Pulse College, Dublin (AMF Award)
Phoebe Gardner, violin, Sydney - BMus, Juilliard School, New York (AMF Nora Goodridge Young Artist Award)
Oscar Jiang, piano, Carlton - BMus, Juilliard School, New York (2016 awardee) (AMF Nora Goodridge Young Artist Award)
Waynne Kwon, cello, Sydney - BMusHONS, RNCM, Manchester (2016 awardee) (AMF Guy Parsons Award)
Victoria Wong, violin, Darlinghurst - BMus, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin (AMF Award)
Edith Yam, organ, Sydney - Masters, Conservatory of Amsterdam (AMF UK Trustees Award)
Eilidh Young, snare drum, Gosford NSW - BMus, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (AMF Award)
None of this would be possible without the generosity of our prize donors, particularly Mrs Nora Goodridge, 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).
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