2015 Awardees perform at Sunday in the Apartment

AMF Awardees Emily Sun (violin) and Andrey Lebedev (guitar) performed together as a duo at Sunday in the Apartment on 11 September, at the Rah Rah Room, Piccadilly. Their programme included: 

Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque, arranged by Andrey Lebedev
Manuel de Falla: Canciones Populares Españolas, 1. El Paño moruno, 2. Il Jota

Photo credit: Peter Livingstone Photography

There was also an appearance by AMF Alumnus, singer Russell Harcourt.

Sunday in the Apartment, run by Australian Business, is a showcase of Australian talent, based in London, and is a light-hearted afternoon entertainment, part chat-show, part cabaret. The next show will be on 27 November. More information: 


AMF Welcomes new Trustee, Dr Margaret Mayston AM

The AMF welcomes a new Trustee, Dr Margaret Mayston AM, who is a leading researcher, therapist and lecturer in the field of neurosciences.

She was named the 2010 Australian Woman of the Year in the UK, for her ongoing work helping children and families deal with Cerebral Palsy.

Dr Mayston was recognised in the Australia Day honours in 2009 and is a recipient of the prestigious Schafter Award in Physiology.

The AMF is very grateful for Dr Mayston's support and looks forward to working with her on future projects to assist more talented young Australian musicians in their studies overseas.

Life President, Guy Parsons awarded OBE

The AMF is delighted to announce that founding trustee, long-serving Treasurer and now Life President, Guy Parsons, has been awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, for his services to business and charity. 

Mr Parsons was a senior partner at auditing firm KPMG, where he was appointed liquidator for many companies and undertook overseas projects for the Government.

In addition to his work with the AMF, he also set up and is a trustee of The Lynn Foundation, a charity which annually makes some 500 grants to help people with disabilities.

The AMF would like to congratulate Mr Parsons on receiving this honour in recognition of his wonderful work for charity, and to thank him for his support of young Australian musicians over the last 40 years.

Photo credit: Steve Robards




2016 AMF Finalists Announced

The live Finals of the AMF Awards will take place at the  Wigmore Hall, London, on the morning of Thursday 6 October. All are invited to this free event in the AMF calendar, to support these talented young artists as they compete for scholarships to support their studies in the UK, Europe or the USA. If you would like to attend, please contact sas@australianmusicfoundation.org

AMF Finalists 2016 

Justin Sun - Bassoon

Waynne Kwon - Cello

Seong Sin Lee - Cello

Sam Lucas - Cello

Oscar Jiang - Piano

Sonya Pigot - Piano

James Guan - Piano 

Sabina Im - Piano

Jesse Flowers - Guitar

Shanie Klas - Percussion

Rebecca Gulinello - Soprano

Jade Moffat - Mezzo-Soprano

Daniel Mullaney - Tenor

James Yan - Composer

AMF Awardee, violinist Emily Sun, wins Gold Medal at Royal Overseas League

The AMF is delighted to announce that current awardee Emily Sun has won the Gold Medal at the Grand Final of the Royal Overseas League Competition in London on 1 June, playing Debussy's Violin Sonata in G minor and Wieniawski's Fantasie Brilliant sur des motifs de l'opera Faust de Gounod.

Emily told AMF: "I am incredibly honored and thrilled to be awarded the Gold Medal and 1st Prize in the 2016 Royal OverSeas League Music Competition in the UK. This competition hails competitors from all Commonwealth countries and I am very excited to have represented Australia. This award is especially important to me as I am the only violinist to have won the Gold Medal since 1981. 

This could not have been possible without the support of the Australian Music Foundation who have sponsored me through years of study at the Royal College of Music in London. Without the help from this thriving foundation it would be impossible for young Australian musicians to pursue our careers abroad. I am eternally grateful for all the support I have received from Australia. "

The AMF is extremely proud of her achievement and wishes Emily every success in her career.

Watch videos of Emily performing on the AMF Current Awardees page .



AMF Supports Launch of new Creative Professionals Network

The AMF is proud to support the new Creative Professionals Network Australia, instigated by AMF alumna, soprano Samantha Crawford, and Emma Cullen of Cullen Wines. AMF Chairman, Yvonne Kenny AM, attended the launch at Australia House on Tuesday, 10 May, which included performances by Samantha, and fellow AMF alumna, soprano Sky Ingram.

The CPN Australia's mission is to 'connect young Australian and British people working in the arts, business, services and government agencies, to provide them with new experiences. We want to build friendships across these industries, offering professional development opportunities while they are living in the UK.’    

For more information and updates: www.facebook.com/CPNAustralia

"AMF is proud to support this new joint initiative. We think it is a wonderful idea to start building connections with the next generation of potential music lovers. We wish Emma and Samantha a great success." Yvonne Kenny AM

Photograph by James Gifford Mead shows Yvonne Kenny AM, Emma Cullen, Samantha Crawford, Deborah and Andrew Todd (Deputy High Commissioner to the UK).