Soprano Lauren Fagan makes her WNO debut as Musetta in La Bohème

AMF alumna, soprano Lauren Fagan recently made her debut with Welsh National Opera, as Musetta in La Bohème. Lauren comes from Sydney and studied at the GSMD and on the Jette Parker Young Artists' Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In June, she will sing the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Holland Park.

Photos © Robert Workman, Lauren Fagan as Musetta

Emily Sun and Waynne Kwon win prizes at the Bromsgrove International Competition

Many congratulations to AMF Alumna, violinist Emily Sun, and current AMF Awardee, cellist Waynne Kwon, who have both won prizes at the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition. They were selected from 108 competitors to play in the Finals on 8 April 2017, where Emily was awarded First Prize and Waynne was awarded a Finalists Prize. The AMF is proud to be supporting such talented young musicians and wishes them both continued success in their studies.

PHOTO shows: (Black Row, left to right) Dominic Degavino, Hannah Roberts, Edmond Fivet, Hayley Parkes; (front row, left to right) Wyn Chan, Emily Sun, Waynne Kwon and Andrew Zolinsky


AMF Awards 2017

The application process for the 2017 AMF Awards will open on Monday 10 April and close at midnight on Monday 8 May. The First Round will be judged via online application forms and video files. Finalists will be invited to appear live at the Wigmore Hall, London, on Wednesday, 4 October. Any finalists not able to appear, including composers, conductors, and repetiteurs, will be judged on their original or new video files.

Further information can be found on the Apply for an Award page, where a pdf sample application form can be downloaded for candidates to familiarise themselves with the requirements prior to the auditions window opening.

Emily Sun plays Double Violin Concerto with Maxim Vengerov at Buckingham Palace

Congratulations to AMF awardee Emily Sun, who was selected by violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov to play alongside him in the Bach Double Violin Concerto at Buckingham Palace last week, accompanied by the RCM Symphony Orchestra. The event was hosted by HRH the Prince of Wales, Patron of both the RCM and the AMF. Emily was proud to be able to tell him that she was playing on an Australian instrument made by Arthur E Smith in 1946. Photos: © Paul Burns Photography. Emily and her accompanist Jennifer Hughes will also be appearing in a recital at Wigmore Hall this week.

Emily Sun plays at National Gallery

The AMF were recently invited to provide young musicians for a special event at the National Gallery on 27 January, entitled 'Australia Late', in celebration of Australia Day and the current exhibition of 'Australia's Impressionists'.

AMF awardee, violinist Emily Sun, appeared in recital with her pianist Jennifer Hughes and played a programme of Schubert, Fritz Kreisler and Richard Strauss to a large and appreciative audience. They were the first musicians to use the beautiful new Blüthner piano, which was recently donated to the gallery.

Emily and Jennifer will also be appearing at Wigmore Hall on 13 February, where they will be playing the R. Strauss Violin Sonata in E flat major, Opus 18.

Jesse Flowers purchases new instrument with AMF Guy Parsons Award

The AMF Guy Parsons Award has enabled recipient Jesse Flowers to purchase a new instrument by world-renowned guitar luthier Antonius Müller, one of the leading exponents of the ‘Double-top’ guitar design. He is well known for producing instruments with plenty of volume and fullness, without compromising their range of tone colour and beauty of sound. Since the guitar is a very intimate and quiet instrument, it is vital to have a guitar that can carry right to the back of a concert hall.
Originally from Sydney, Jesse completed his Bachelor of Music at the Australian National University in Canberra in November 2014. Since then, he has been studying with Tilman Hoppstock at the Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt, Germany, where he has won several competitions and will be taking part in the ‘National Concerts for Young Artists of Germany’ 2017/18 season. 
In March Jesse will give a solo recital in Sundsvall, Sweden and a concert in Mannheim, Germany with cellist Wolfgang Boettcher, who was 15 years principal cellist with the Berliner Philarmoniker (and also Jesse's great uncle).

Samantha Crawford wins Wagner Prize

Many congratulations to AMF Alumna, soprano Samantha Crawford, who has won two prizes at the 2016 Wagner Society Singing Competition: the First Prize awarded by Sir John Tomlinson and the President's Prize from Dame Gwyneth Jones. She has also been awarded a place on the Bayreuth scholarship programme from the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation, which will allow her to spend a week in Bayreuth as a scholar, attending Wagner operas and masterclasses.

AMF 2016 Awardees announced

Following the Finals of the AMF Awards on 6 October at Wigmore Hall, London, the Chairman and Trustees are delighted to announce that nine young musicians have been chosen as recipients of scholarships this year, With many thanks to our distinguished panel of judges: Piers Lane, piano; Benjamin Hughes, cello; John Anderson, oboe; Professor Raymond Holden (RAM), Linnhe Robertson (GSMD), Professor Peter Tregear (Chair AMF Australia) and non-voting Chairman of the Panel, Yvonne Kenny AM (Chair AMF UK).

The AMF 2016 Awardees

Justin Sun (Canberra) - bassoon - age 22 - MMus RCM - AMF Nora Goodridge Emerging Artist Award                                                                                                                                

Jesse Flowers (Sydney) - guitar - age 22 - Künstlerische Aufbaustudium, Darmstadt  - AMF Guy Parsons Award

Daniel Mullaney (Perth) - tenor - age 25 - Advanced Certificate, Opera, GSMD  - AMF Nora Goodridge Developing Artist Award

Jade Moffat (Brisbane) - mezzo soprano - age 27 - MMus, GSMD Opera Course - AMF Nora Goodridge Developing Artist Award

James Guan (Sydney) - piano - age 25 - MMus, RAM - AMF Award

Shanie Klas (Melbourne) - percussion - age 24 - Masters, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA - AMF Award

Waynne Kwon (Sydney) - cello - age 20 - BMus Hons, RNCM - AMF Award

Oscar Jiang (Victoria) - piano - age 18 - BMus, Juilliard, USA -  AMF Award

James Yan (Illawarra, NSW) - composer - age 22 - MMus RCM - AMF UK Trustees Award