Information: Strike A Chord 2021

Amid the distressing cascade of cancellations resulting from COVID-19, it was heartening to see that Musica Viva Australia and its Creative Director of Competitions, Wilma Smith, had been decided to forge forward and convey us the 2021 version of Strike A Chord. It grew to become more and more doubtless that few of the twelve chamber music ensembles making it to the Grand Closing would be capable of carry out stay, however some did handle to keep away from lockdown restrictions. Most significantly, we got the chance to benefit from the extraordinary skills of all of the Australian secondary college pupil finalists.

Sifting by way of the greater than 5 hundred members was an amazingly advanced operation and, below the steerage of Wilma Smith, it took the energies and sources of many individuals and organisations to make sure a profitable end result. Though Sunday afternoon’s broadcast suffered a sequence of technical glitches, the listening expertise – versus the viewing expertise – was not unduly affected. Apart from which, the registered viewers was given the possibility to look at the competitors once more for forty-eight hours with out the glitches, and marvel on the technical ability and musical maturity of the performers.

Fiona Campbell’s appeal and enthusiasm created a heat, constructive environment as she launched every ensemble. Quick excerpts from performances by teams who had not fairly made it into the Grand Closing had been welcome dietary supplements in the course of the interval and whereas members of the jury reached their many choices.

Along with the knowledge offered by Musica Viva beneath, additionally it is price mentioning {that a} Chat facility was supplied in order that listeners might touch upon the performances as they proceeded. Different organisations, akin to Melbourne Digital Live performance Corridor, do the identical; nevertheless, Musica Viva personnel had their work lower out monitoring the feedback. Most had been very supportive of the younger musicians however a minority abused the system. I hope this doesn’t deter Musica Viva from utilizing it sooner or later, particularly because it might be turned off if proving to be too distracting. One instance of the Chat’s usefulness was obvious when Musica Viva responded to somebody writing that they hadn’t realized singers had been eligible, assuring them that the one situation of entry was that each one ensembles should carry out classical repertoire. It was additionally comforting to be reassured that it was not simply our units at fault when technical points arose.

An additional focal point is that the Australian composition carried out by the vocal quartet False Relations was Paul Stanhope’s “I’ve not your dreaming”, described – probably by Stanhope himself – as being: “for SSAA choir. The textual content is a tribute to Aboriginal poet Oodgeroo Noonccal. For the adventurous treble choir!” The 4 youngsters from New South Wales, who gained the Gandel Australian Music Prize had been excellent of their blended harmonies and warranted efficiency. They have already got a faithful following on social media.

Complementing the in depth listing of prizes awarded to the twelve finalists was a equally prolonged listing of First Spherical Prize Winners, together with an uncommon merchandise: The Spirit of Chamber Music Prize. The $200 prize, offered by famend violinist Elizabeth Sellars in reminiscence of John and Lesley Sellars, was “for a gaggle who the jury feels ultimately touches upon the important character and/or spirituality of a piece, and doesn’t progress to the Semi Finals”. It was awarded to the MLC College Vocal Consort from New South Wales. As a member of the Sutherland Trio, Sellars can be thrilled on the prospect of working with this yr’s winners, the tremendously spectacular Amogus Trio as a part of Sutherland Trio Mentorship Prize Each trios are, after all, piano trios.

Photograph of Amogus Trio (violinist Anna Suzuki, cellist Joshua Jones, and pianist Jeremy Solar) equipped.

The next is the announcement launched by Musica Viva giving particulars of the competitors and the foremost prize winners. Additional particulars might be discovered on the Musica Viva web site and by way of the Strike A Chord Fb web page.

Amogus Trio introduced as winners of Strike A Chord

Musica Viva Australia have introduced Amogus Trio because the winners of Strike A Chord 2021. Hailing from Queensland, the ensemble has been awarded the Robert Salzer Prize, price $5,000.

Strike A Chord is a nationwide chamber music championship for secondary college ensembles. The competitors was created to encourage the subsequent era of Australian musicians to expertise the life-changing potentialities of chamber music, giving college students the chance to discover their potential and uncover the enjoyment of constructing music with buddies.

This yr’s competitors was offered on-line to make sure all ensembles throughout Australia had been in a position to compete amid border closures and journey restrictions. Twelve ensembles competed within the Grand Closing, with ensembles performing stay of their residence states the place restrictions allowed.

The 2021 jury was comprised of Melbourne Recital Centre CEO, Euan Murdoch; Professor in Violin and Head of Strings on the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith College, Michele Walsh; Ensemble Offspring’s Claire Edwardes; mezzo Dimity Shepherd; and pianist and composer Ian Munro.

Musica Viva Australia’s Creative Director of Competitions Wilma Smith mentioned, “Immediately’s Grand Closing demonstrated that the way forward for Australian music is secure palms. Congratulations to all our younger musicians for his or her fantastic performances. Achieved and inspirational music-making throughout the board made the jury’s job extraordinarily troublesome and alerts a brilliant future for Australian music. The efficiency from the profitable ensemble, the Amogus Trio, demonstrated an unbelievable degree of maturity and class for a pupil group. We shall be watching out for these good younger musicians as they go on to forge their careers”.

The winners of the 2020 Strike A Chord Grand Closing are:

FIRST PRIZE ($5,000) The Robert Salzer Prize: Amogus Trio, QLD

SECOND PRIZE ($4,000) The Paul Morawetz Prize: JPMS Ensemble Spirito, QLD

THIRD PRIZE ($2,500) The Laura Brown Prize: False Relations, NSW

AUDIENCE PRIZE ($2,000): The Peter Druce Prize:JPMS Ensemble Spirito, QLD

Additionally offered on the Closing was the Gandel Australian Music Prize. Awarded to False Relations from Sydney, for the most effective efficiency of an Australian work, this prize recognises the significance of supporting Australian composition.

Multiple hundred ensembles throughout Australia entered Strike A Chord in 2021, with 15 teams competing within the new Yamaha Novice Part, open to teams whose members are taking part in at a most of AMEB Grade 4 degree (or equal).

CEO of Musica Viva Australia, Hywel Sims, mentioned, “In such difficult occasions, it’s an inspiration to see the flexibility, laborious work and sheer expertise that has gone into these excellent performances. Notably due to the lecturers, dad and mom and all who’ve supported these younger musicians to tackle this problem.”

Minister for Inventive Industries, Danny Pearson MP, mentioned, “I applaud the work that the Musica Viva Australia workforce, and their many collaborators, have carried out to make sure that Strike A Chord reached as many college students as potential, and to repeatedly adapt to altering circumstances and ship it flexibly as wanted. It’s also a testomony to the tenacity and resilience of the scholars and all who’ve supported them.”

Strike A Chord is underpinned by assist from Principal Companion Inventive Victoria, Strategic Companions Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian Nationwide Academy of Music, Key Philanthropic Companions Gandel Philanthropy, The Robert Salzer Basis and Yamaha Music Australia.

Prizes awarded in the course of the 2021 Grand Closing

First Prize – The Robert Salzer Prize $5,000 Awarded by the Robert Salzer Basis who’re long-term supporters of the Melbourne Worldwide Chamber Music Competitors and who’ve been instrumental in serving to to form the primary two years of Strike A Chord. In awarding this prize, Musica Viva additionally recognises the Robert Salzer Basis’s ongoing dedication to this vital initiative and their need to offer significant alternatives for younger musicians in Australia. Winner: Amogus Trio

Second PrizeThe Paul Morawetz Prize $4,000 This prize is supported by the Morawetz household in reminiscence of Paul Morawetz who was one of many founding figures of Musica Viva in Melbourne. It acknowledges the significance of nurturing younger expertise and a era of live performance artists. Winner: JPMS Ensemble Spirito

Third Prize – The Laura Brown Prize $2,500 – In reminiscence of Laura Brown The Laura Brown Prize is supported by Beth Brown and the late Tom Bruce AM in reminiscence of Beth’s mom. Winner: False Relations

Viewers PrizeThe Peter Druce Prize $2,000 This beneficiant prize of $2,000 money is offered by the Druce household in reminiscence of the late Peter Druce. Peter was a Melbourne lawyer and Arts patron with a selected curiosity in music and supporting younger artists. Winner: JPMS Ensemble Spirito

Australian Nationwide Academy of Music Prize This prize is awarded to an excellent string quartet that ANAM school imagine will profit from an intensive residency on the establishment. The profitable ensemble will obtain 1 week’s teaching at ANAM in 2022, culminating in a efficiency alternative. The prize can even embody journey and lodging in Melbourne for the residency week. Winner: Piccolo String Quartet

ANAM have very generously determined to offer a further Encouragement Award this yr, comprising a tutorial and efficiency in considered one of their chamber music lessons. Encouragement Award – James Campbell String Quartet

All teams that don’t obtain 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prizes will obtain a Finalist Award certificates plus $500 money.

3MBS Prize Awarded by the Jury to the highest two teams from Victoria. A stay to air efficiency on 3MBS for the profitable ensembles in considered one of their live performance packages at a date appropriate for each events, together with streaming + interview + social media. Ensembles can even obtain a replica of their efficiency recording. Winners: Trio Finifugal and VDub

Galston Concert events Prizes As much as two ensembles shall be chosen from Strike A Chord 2021 Finalist and/or Reserve Finalist Ensembles from the Larger Sydney Space, based mostly on availability and in session with The Galston Concert events administration. Performances will happen on the 2021 Galston Gala on November 21*. Successful ensembles shall be supplied a efficiency price of $200 per participant with a most price payable of $1,000 per ensemble. *Ought to COVID-19 occasions and/or restrictions affect the Galston Concert events Gala in 2021, cheap makes an attempt shall be made to reschedule the performances in 2022 Winners: Bartholdy Trio and Piccolo String Quartet 

Bendigo Chamber Music Competition Prize Awarded by the Jury, in session with BCMF Creative Administration, the profitable group/teams shall be invited to offer a 45min efficiency as a part of the 2022 Bendigo Chamber Music Competition (journey and lodging offered). Along with the efficiency, the group/s could have alternatives to have interaction with skilled artists in an academic context together with participation in masterclasses and attendance at different Competition concert events. Winners: Amogus Trio and Piccolo String Quartet

Sutherland Trio Mentorship Prize A 12 month mentorship with the Sutherland Trio, awarded by the Jury in session with Sutherland Trio to a piano trio that exhibits dedication and potential to take their ensemble to the subsequent degree. The prize consists of 8 x 1-hour teaching periods, Limitless entry to any Sutherland Trio rehearsals, and a collaborative efficiency with Sutherland Trio to be held at Melbourne Digital Live performance Corridor. Journey to Melbourne could also be subsidised the place required. Winner: Amogus Trio

Flinders Quartet Mentorship Prize Awarded to a string quartet that exhibits dedication and potential to take their ensemble to the subsequent degree. The prize consists of mentorship periods with Flinders Quartet members; periods on group growth, profession planning and live performance presentation; efficiency in a Flinders Quartet live performance; journey to and lodging in Melbourne if required; and the chance to watch the Flinders Quartet in rehearsal all year long. Winner: Piruli String Quartet

Gandel Australian Music Prize Generously supported by Gandel Philanthropy, this prize is awarded for the most effective efficiency of an Australian work, which can embody pupil compositions. Along with receiving $2,000 money, if the winner of this prize shouldn’t be already within the last, the group shall be invited to offer a particular efficiency at an acceptable time in the course of the finals occasion. Journey to Melbourne shall be subsidised the place required. Winner: False Relations

First Spherical Prize Winners

AMEB Rising Ensemble Encouragement Award $1,000 price of sheet music for a gaggle that exhibits a necessity for added sources. Winner: Shearwater Trio – NSW

AMEB Rising Ensemble Encouragement Award $1,000 price of sheet music for a gaggle that exhibits a necessity for added sources. Winner: Bellissimo Flute Ensemble – QLD

Innovation Award $500 money for the ensemble who throws essentially the most attention-grabbing gentle on what chamber music might be. Winner: Baroque Ensemble – SA

The Spirit of Chamber Music Prize $200 money Generously offered by Elizabeth Sellars, in reminiscence of John and Lesley Sellars. For a gaggle who the jury feels ultimately touches upon the important character and/or spirituality of a piece, and doesn’t progress to the Semi Finals. Winner: MLC College Vocal Consort – NSW


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