Information: Musica Viva, Strike A Chord – Lockdown Legends

Congratulations to the Eureka Quartet! The Eureka
Quartet had been
introduced because the winners of Lockdown Legends competitors – a particular initiative
held for college kids who had been unable to take part within the inaugural Strike A Chord Nationwide Chamber Music
Championship for secondary faculty ensembles. Six ensembles progressed to the
Sunday ultimate live performance, broadcast on Melbourne
Digital Live performance Corridor, the place a jury of Australia’s main musicians
listened and deliberated, earlier than deciding the Eureka Quartet would declare the primary prize,
price $2,500.

Lockdown Legends was held as a
livestreamed occasion, with every of the six ensembles submitting a pre-recorded
audition for broadcast to a nationwide viewers. Additionally watching at residence was a
prestigious jury of Australian musicians, chaired by Inventive Director of Competitions Wilma Smith, alongside
clarinettist David Griffiths;
CEO of Melbourne Recital Centre, Euan
Murdoch; up to date percussionist Louise Devenish; trumpeter Rosie
Turner, and pianist Timothy
Younger. Following their on-line deliberation, they awarded First
Prize (the Robert Salzer Prize) to the Eureka
Quartet, Second Prize (the Paul Morawetz Prize) to Miles Avenue 4, and Third Prize (the
Laura Brown Prize) to Scotch School
Horn Trio.

In asserting the winners, Smith remarked on the extent of depth of expertise, diligence and
dedication evident within the performances from all of the finalists. “At this time’s
Lockdown Legends Last was a surprising show of the depth of expertise in
Australia, and the extraordinary perseverance and dedication of our younger
musicians by a really powerful time. Our jurors had a tremendously tough
activity in selecting the three main prize-winners and I congratulate all of the
finalists for his or her inspirational achievement. The Eureka Quartet exemplified all of the qualities we discover within the
greatest chamber music and we’re thrilled to supply them our particular

Hywel Sims, CEO of Musica Viva Australia, additionally mirrored
on the challenges confronted by the members who carried out and provided his
congratulations to all performers. “Each musician who participated in Lockdown
Legends – and Strike A Chord earlier than it – exemplifies the resilient spirit so
important in profitable artists and likewise personifies Musica Viva’s dedication
to the way forward for reside music in Australia.”

The inaugural Strike A Chord competitors
was developed by Musica Viva Australia as a brand new annual initiative for its seventy fifth
anniversary in 2020, with help from Inventive Victoria and offered in
partnership with Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian Nationwide Academy of Music (ANAM). Because of the partnership of
Melbourne Digital Live performance Corridor,
the competitors was in a position to pivot to an internet broadcast. Crucially, beneficiant
help offered by Tom Breen (founding
Patron of the Nationwide Growth Program), Marjorie Nicholas OAM (Patron of the Inventive Director), and
visionary help from Gandel
Philanthropy, allowed the event of Lockdown Legends, enabling college students who had been prevented from
collaborating in Time period 3 as a consequence of state COVID 19 restrictions to showcase their
musical expertise, pleasure and dedication.

Mr Danny Pearson, Victorian State
Minister for Inventive Industries additionally prolonged his praises to the musicians for his or her
arduous work. “Congratulations to the scholars who stored practising by powerful
occasions this yr and who’ve come collectively to share their love of constructing music.
Your tenacity, ardour and expertise are an inspiration.” He additionally recognised the
communities that supported these college students, “and to the academics and fogeys who
have had your backs all the best way – you might be ‘Legends’ too and we owe you an amazing
depth of gratitude.”

All Lockdown Legends entrants
had been eligible for various additional Strike
A Chord money and improvement prizes, which had been additionally introduced by Smith
on the finals. They’re as follows:

Melbourne Recital Centre Regional
Prize Cairns
State Excessive College Clarinet Quintet

Australian Nationwide Academy of Music
Prize Cousin

Flinders Quartet Mentorship Prize:: Cousin Quartet
and Eureka Quartet

Bendigo Chamber Music Competition Prize: Eureka Quartet
and Scotch School Horn Trio

Australian Composition Prize: Cellolujah

Casio Prizes: Itet – John Noble’s Quartet Program, The Hamilton
and Alexandra School, Trinity School, SA

For the whole record of prize winners and additional particulars, go to:

Picture of Eureka Quartet courtesy of Musica Viva. Eureka Quartet: Edward Walton and Grace Wu (violins) Jamie Miles (viola), and Noah Lawrence (cello)


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