Young Instrumentalist Prize

Young Instrumentalist Prize

For over a decade, Queensland Symphony Orchestra's Young Instrumentalist Prize (YIP) has launched the performing dreams of many young musicians from across Queensland. It is an opportunity for exceptional Queensland secondary school instrumental students to audition for the opportunity to perform in the Young Instrumentalist Prize Finalists’ Recital held annually at the QSO Studio. Cash prizes and mentoring opportunities are available to each finalist, and an opportunity to play with the Orchestra in concert is available to the overall first place finalist.
See 2023 Young Instrumentalist Prize Winner, Ein Na, play with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in QSO Favourites on 26 October at HOTA.  

Applicants must be enrolled in a Queensland secondary school (Years 7 to 12), or home schooled in Queensland. Applicants must play an orchestral instrument (including saxophone but not including keyboard instruments) at a standard which is equivalent to AMEB Grade 8 or higher. Audition repertoire must 8-10 minutes in duration and be from a recognised concerto, or a work for solo instrument and orchestra.

Brennan Keats OAM Violin Loan Prize
One violinist will be offered a loan of an AE Smith 1961 Violin for one year. This instrument has been kindly donated to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for use by an outstanding young violinist. The original donor, Brennan Keats OAM, entrusted the instrument to the National Instrument Bank created by Music Australia, and in 2020 ownership of the instrument was transferred to the Orchestra in its own right.

Application information the 2025 Young Instrumentalist Prize will be made available in October 2024.
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2024 Young Instrumentalist Prize Results:

Winner: Eric Kim, Violin

2nd Prize: Gabin Won, Flute

3rd Prize: Patrick Phillips, Cello

4th Prize: Daniel Hsieh, Marimba

5th Prize: Lisa Walsham, Clarinet

6th Prize: Ellie Kyoung, Violin

2024 Brennan Keats OAM Violin Loan Recipient: Jasmine Eo

#Previous First Prize Winners:

2023 Ein Na, violin

2022 Chantel Chen, marimba

2021 Andre Oberleuter, bassoon

2021 Anna Suzuki, violin

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