2015 Winner: Lloyd Van't Hoff
Lloyd was named the winner after his stunning performance of the Copland Clarinet Concerto accompanied by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Johannes Fritzsch. The concert also included thrilling performances from two other Finalists, Chris Cartlidge (VIC) performing the Rubbra Viola Concerto and Lily Higson-Spence (QLD) performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto.
Lloyd van't Hoff studied the clarinet in Brisbane under the tutelage of Paul Dean and Floyd Williams. In 2011, he graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Bachelor of Music (Honours) in advanced performance.
During his studies, Lloyd was a soloist with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. He also travelled to Beijing as an ambassador for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at the Beijing International Modern Music Festival, and won the Queensland Conservatorium Postgraduate Award. Lloyd has been Principal clarinet of the Queensland Youth Symphony and Principal clarinet of the Australian Youth Orchestra.
Adjudicators were impressed by the high standard overall, and the exceptional technical ability and maturity displayed by these young musicians.