Throughout its history the YPA has been renowned for its ability to identify and nurture talented young Australian musicians.

In 2018 the following prizes and opportunities were awarded:

Young Performer of the Year: $80,000

The musician who claimed the title of Young Performer of the Year, violinist Emily Sun, proved herself outstanding in all areas of musical performance, demonstrating high technical proficiency, an understanding of the repertoire and an appreciation of musical style.

As the Young Performer of the Year, Emily received:

$50,000 AETT Scholarship

A scholarship to study overseas sponsored by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust. Funds are available in two tranches over two years and are a draw-down facility of $25,000 per annum. Use of funds is subject to approval.

$30,000 Sheila Walker Scholarship

A cash grant to assist with a programme of study and/or musical activity.

ABC Classic FM Artist in Residence

The ABC Classic FM Artist-in-Residence will have the opportunity to record an album at the ABC, guided by the expertise of its specialist music production team. The album will be featured on ABC Classic FM, Australia’s only national classical network, and will be made available to audiences around the world through digital platforms.

Emily also received a limited edition sculpture by renowned sculptor, Drago Marin Cherina.

Other Prizes & Opportunities Offered and Awarded at the 2018 ABC Young Performers Awards

Triffitt Bequest

Cash grant of $15,000 for each of the runners-up to pursue further study and/or musical activity.

YMF Award for Best Recital

A total Award of $25,000 payable in two instalments of $10,000 per year with the remaining $5,000 following a performance for the sponsor in Melbourne.

Allen-Evans Scholarship

A cash grant of $10,000 for a cellist to assist in a programme of study and career development together with the Keshet Eilon Scholarship (Total value $12,500). Winner must be aged between 16 and 26 to attend Keshet Eilon.
Winner also receives The Allen-Evans, limited edition Drago Marin Cherina bronze sculpture.

Edward Ritch Prize

Cash grant of $10,000 for a violinist to participate in the Keshet Eilon International Summer Mastercourse in Israel. Winner must be aged between 16 and 26 to attend Keshet Eilon.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Prize

An opportunity for a professional engagement with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO).

Australian Festival of Chamber Music Prize

An opportunity to perform at the 2020 Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

City Recital Hall Prize

An opportunity to perform a solo recital as part of City Recital Hall’s A Little Lunch Music Series at the Recital Hall, Sydney.

Melbourne Recital Centre Prize

An opportunity for a finalist to appear at the Recital Centre in 2018 or 2019.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Prize

An opportunity for a professional engagement with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO).

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Prize

An opportunity for a professional engagement with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO).

UKARIA Recital Prize

An opportunity to perform a recital in the UKARIA Cultural Centre flagship series which is held on Sunday afternoons from February to December each year.

Willoughby Symphony Prize

An opportunity for a professional engagement with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

Kitty Fischer Audience Choice Prize

Cash grant of $2,500 awarded by audience vote.

The AUSTA Bursary

The AUSTA Bursary, which is for bowed string instrumentalists, is a cash grant of $1,000 to assist Australian-based non-NSW residents with expenses incurred in attending the ABC Young Performers Awards Semi-Final Recitals. The bursary will be split equally to all those that are eligible for the award.

The recipients of any Scholarships and Prizes are reminded that the cash component is a form of income. Any enquiries regarding tax should be referred to the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, an accountant or a registered tax consultant. Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®) act as co-ordinators of the above prizes and opportunities and cannot accept responsibility if any provider is unable to fulfill its obligations in any form. If the recipient of any Scholarship connected to funds elects not to proceed with that Scholarship, the associated funds must be forfeited and may be made available to another Finalist.

MOST® takes no responsibility for the acceptance of Scholarships that involve overseas travel. This decision is taken solely at the discretion of the recipient who should check the current status of the country in question with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs at the time of travel.