Violist Katie Yap Wins Australia’s Freedman Classical Fellowship

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Brisbane violist Katie Yap is the winner of the 2022 Freedman Classical Fellowship. Run by Australian group The Music Belief, the Freedman Fellowships are given yearly to 1 classical musician and one jazz musician. They carry a price of $21,000 AUD.

Yap has determined to place her fellowship cash in direction of a collaborative composing and improvisation mission, titled Multitudes. The mission will function younger Australian performers and composers similar to Emily Sheppard, Donald Nicolson, Bowerbird Collective, and Mindy Meng Wang.

Multitudes is mainly impressed by the Australian poet Judith Wright, who died in 2000. Wright was additionally a outstanding environmentalist and advocate for Aboriginal land rights in Australia. Every of the works within the mission can be primarily based on one in every of Wright’s hen poems.

Yap will use the funding to create a video recording of every work alongside videographer Darren James, and a residency at Melbourne’s Tempo Rubato venue can even present a setting for the works to be carried out.

“As a violist, searching from the center of the sonic sandwich, my musical identification comes from my connections with others,” Yap stated. “That’s why I’ve chosen the medium of collaborative composition to create the items on this mission, and I’m so excited to work with every of my collaborators!”

“I’m extraordinarily grateful to all of the individuals who’ve supported me over my musical life to get up to now, significantly my mentors Julia Fredersdorff and Genevieve Lacey, and to the Freedman Fellowship for giving me the chance to dream larger than I might have ever dared,” she added.

“The finalists chosen are a beautiful reflection of the depth and variety of music making in Australia as we speak,” stated the jury, which, in 2022, comprised Kim Cunio, Kirsty McCahon, and Stephen Mould.

“By no means earlier than has Australian music had such an necessary position in serving to to outline who and what Australia is. With that in thoughts, these excellent and extremely artistic younger artists sign that the way forward for Australian classical music is in superb fingers.”

You’ll be able to view an excerpt of Yap’s finalist efficiency beneath. She performs a 2016 work, Aftermath, by the Australian composer Emily Sheppard.