On Thursday November 25 from 7:30pm, four trail-blazing young instrumentalists will battle it out to win The Music Trust’s coveted $21,000 Freedman Classical Fellowship, before a live streamed audience, filmed by the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall.
Each year, the competition promises spectacular creativity, and energy as finalists vie for the prestigious Fellowship in this thrilling deciding concert.
This year three Victorian finalists Molly Collier-O’Boyle (viola) Kyla Matsuura-Miller (violin) Eliza Shephard (flute) and Will Hansen (double bass) from NSW, will compete to win the career-changing prize before esteemed judges Penny Lomax, Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Véronique Serret.
Each of the Victorian finalists have all graduated from ANAM (Australian National Academy of Music). A Melbourne icon, ANAM is one of the few professional performance training institutes in the world, and continues to produce exceptional young musicians from its programs each year. NSW finalist, Will Hanson, studied at the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Conceived by Laurence Freedman AM and Dr Richard Letts AM, the Freedman Classical Fellowship is a life-changing award offered annually to Australian classical musicians aged up to 30 years. Each nominee must submit recordings of their musical performance and a description of a career-building project which they will carry out with the support of the prize.
The Freedman Classical Fellowshipsbegan 2001, and has since helped to establish the careers of some of Australia’s most distinguished classical artists. Past Fellows include luminaries Genevieve Lacey, William Barton, Joseph Tawadros, Claire Edwardes and Eugene Ughetti.
Live streamed finals concert
The 2021 Freedman Classical Fellowship
Thursday November 25 – 730pm
Live stream Digital Ticket: $20 (direct to artist) plus $4 credit card fees & streaming
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FINALISTS AND THEIR PROPOSED PROJECTS
Molly Collier-O’Boyle (27) is Acting Assistant Principal Viola with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as well as the violist in Rathdowne Quartet. Molly’s project Ephemerality is a curated concept album which will feature ten new works. An immersive concert experience will launch the album in the Old Richmond Power Station, with a guest performer and live reactive visuals projected through the space.
Will Hansen (24) is a prodigious young double bass player whose enthusiasm for contemporary classical music is as ambitious as it is intoxicating. He has performed alongside Ensemble Offspring, Ensemble Apex and the Australian String Quartet. Will’s project is to commission five new works for solo double bass by local composerswhich will be released alongside unrecorded recent commissions and modern works for solo double bass. A bespoke concert and masterclass tour across Australia will be undertaken to support the album release.
Kyla Matsuura-Miller (28) is Tokyo-born and Melbourne-raised. She is a powerhouse violinist who is currently working with Inventi Ensemble, Trio Clara and Duo Piaggio and Adam McMillan. In 2017 Kyla was an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has won numerous awards, and in 2022 will be the recipient of the Homophonic Pride Prize. “My project aims to express and evoke elements of the collective cultural memory of being raised non-white in Australia.” says Kyla. Three composers will be commissioned to write new works for solo violin, with optional electronics which will culminate in a live performance co-presented by Play On via YouTube..
Eliza Shephard (28) is aWagga Wagga-born Melbourne-based flautist who strives to push the boundaries of her instrument. She was selected for an ABC Young Performers Award semi-finalist in 2021. Eliza has toured nationally with Opera Australia’s regional touring program. She proposes to commission five flute duets from Australian composers for her project, “Each duet will pay homage to the relationships and training that I received from teachers that I have studied with.” says Eliza.” A book will be released, along with a YouTube video and a performance.”
ABOUT THE FREEDMAN CLASSICAL FELLOWSHIP
The Classical Fellowship is funded by the Freedman Foundation, a philanthropic foundation chaired by Laurence Freedman to assist young Australians in music and visual arts, as well as providing support to medical and scientific programs. Laurence and Kathy Freedman were made Members of the Order of Australia for service to the community, to medical research, the arts, and to business and investment in Australia. The Fellowships are managed by The Music Trust and administered by the Sydney Improvised Music Association.
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