English Family Prize

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra with the support of our generous sponsor, presents The English Family Prize.

With the opportunity for all applicants, who fulfil the criteria, to audition in the QSO Studio in front of a panel of exceptional musicians and prize money and a public performance opportunity available for 6 finalists, this is an amazing opportunity for Queensland music students. The overall winner performs as soloist on stage with the QSO.


Applications for 2017 English Family Prize have now closed.

Open to students enrolled in a Queensland secondary school performing on an orchestral instrument (including saxophone) at a minimum standard of AMEB Grade 8. Audition pieces must be a movement from a standard concerto for soloist and orchestra with a time limit of no longer than 10 minutes.

2016 winners

Winner of the English Family Prize of $5000 and the opportunity to perform as soloist with QSO
In Yi Chae, violin
Max Bruch Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.26 – Mvt 1
In Yi will appear as soloist with QSO in Meet the Symphony, Wednesday 11 May at the Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

2nd Prize of $3000
Leanne McGowan, violin
Anton Dvorak Violin Concerto in A minor Op.53 – Mvt 1

3rd Prize of $2000
Joshua Jones, cello
Joseph Haydn Cello Concerto in C Hob.VIIb – Mvt 1

4th Prize of $1000
Daniel Elvery, alto saxophone
Jacques Ibert Concertino da Camera

5th Prize of $500
Soomin Pahk, clarinet
Carl Maria von Weber Clarinet Concerto No.2 – Mvt 3

6th Prize of $500
Amelia Beiling Chen, violin
Max Bruch Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.26 – Mvt 1


Entries open July 2016
Entries close Wednesday 30 November 2016
Audition date Monday 20 February 2017
Recital Monday 6 March 2017
Winners Performance 20 April 2017

Applications for 2017 English Family Prize have now closed. For more information phone our Education Liaison Officer on 3833 5035 or email info@qso.com.au with The English Family Prize in the subject line.

The English Family Prize 2017 - Application Form (pdf 178.44 KB)

The English Family Prize - Information (pdf 83.76 KB)