AMF Awardee Oscar Jiang gives Melbourne Recital

AMF Awardee, pianist Oscar Jiang, gave a recital of Chopin, Schubert, Szymanowski and Liszt for the Austral Salon of Music on 27th August, at St. Peters Church, East Melbourne. Photo shows Oscar after the concert with AMF Trustee Damien Boyle from Monash Academy of Performing Arts, and Prof Peter Tregear, Chairman of AMF Australia Foundation. Over the summer break, Oscar took part in the Hanoi International Piano Festival in Vietnam, and he will shortly return to New York to begin the third year of his BMus at the Juilliard School, where he has been supported by AMF for the past 2 years.

Waynne Kwon wins RNCM Gold Medal

Many congratulations to current AMF Guy Parsons Awardee, cellist Waynne Kwon, who is one of the winners of this year's RNCM Gold Medal.
 
RNCM Principal, Professor Linda Merrick, said: "The RNCM’s much-coveted Gold Medal celebrates exceptional performance and composition by students at the College. Each year the competition is extremely high and 2018 was no exception. The overall standard was absolutely exceptional and everyone who competed, especially the four winners, should be very proud of their achievement."

Waynne has been supported by the AMF for the last two years of his BMus, and will return to the RNCM as a postgraduate in September.

AMF Spring Showcase, 14th March 2018

Many thanks to all who attended the AMF Spring Showcase on Wednesday 14th March in the Downer Room at Australia House, and to our awardees Samantha Clarke (soprano), Eilidh Young (snare drum), Victoria Wong (violin), Oscar Jiang (piano) and Waynne Kwon (cello) for their wonderful performances. We are also very grateful to our sponsors McGuigan Wines, and to the office of the Agent General for Western Australia for providing Little Creatures pale ale. Catering was by Standby Chef.

Photo by Matthew Murphy shows AMF Life President Richard Bonynge with AMF Awardees after the performance. 

Alumnus Chris Williams wins Composition Prize of the Australian International Chopin Competition

Composer Chris Williams is an AMF Alumnus from 2011 and recently moved back to London. In 2017 he composed the music for the critically acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company production of 'Cloud Nine' and won the Composition Prize of the Australian International Chopin Competition with his piece 'Toccare'. Chris has also recently been invited to write a new work for the Gaudeamus Music Week in the Netherlands. 
Photo credit: Hayden Shepherd

 

Bass baritone Paull-Anthony Keightley to take up contract in Berlin

Bass-baritone, Paull-Anthony Keightley, one of our 2013 Awardees, completed his studies at Manhattan School of Music and then returned to Perth to take up a Young Artists position at West Australian Opera. He has recently been named the winner of the Opera Foundation for Young Australians Deutsche Oper Berlin Award, and will take up a 12 month contract in Berlin in August this year. In 2017 he was awarded the Royal Over-Seas League Arts scholarship in the finals of the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition, which will enable him to travel to the UK to present recitals and take voice lessons and coaching. CLICK for video

Victoria Wong wins the 25th Gyarfas Violin Competition

It is good to be able to start 2018 by congratulating one of our recent awardees, Victoria Wong, who has won first prize in the 25th Gyarfas Violin Competition, and was featured in the prize winners concert at the Joseph-Joachim Concert Hall in Berlin in December. Victoria, who is from Darlinghurst, NSW, is studying for a BMus at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin.

 

 

The Australian Charity Art Auction, 28.02.17

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. 

Photo shows Linnhe Robertson, Jade Moffat and Lauren Fagan