English Family Prize

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

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 with the QSO in the Secondary Showcase.

2015 winners announced!

1st prize
Hee Soo Kim - Cello
Sue Lee - Piano
Camille Saint-Säens
Cello Concerto No.1 in A Minor Op.33 Mvt III

2nd prize
In Yi Chae - Violin
Vicky Yang - Piano
Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op.64 mvt 1

3rd Prize and recipient of a 12 month loan of an exceptional violin proudly supplied by NFA Anthony Camden Fund and National Instrument Bank
Leanne McGowan - Violin
Kathy Sander - Piano
Henri Wieniawski
Violin Concerto No.2 in D Minor op.22 mvt 1

4th prize
Daniel Elvery - Alto Saxophone
Mitchell Leigh - Piano
Alexander Glazunov
Concerto in Eb Major

Equal 5th prize
Ethan Seto - Oboe
Kathy Sander - Piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto in C for Oboe and Orchestra KV314 mvt 1

Equal 5th prize
Nicholas Law - French Horn
Mitchell Leigh - Piano
Gordon Jacob
Concerto for Horn and Strings mvt 1

2016 applications now open


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.

Prize details

1st prize $5000 and the opportunity to perform as a soloist with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the Secondary Showcase.
2nd prize $3000
3rd prize $2000
4th prize $1000
5th & 6th prizes $500 each

Prize money must be spent on continuing tuition or towards the purchase of an instrument.

Important dates for 2016

Entries close Friday 30 October 2015
Audition date Monday 15 February 2016
Recital Monday 29 February 2016
Performance To be confirmed

For more infromation 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 - Information (pdf 83.76 KB)

The English Family Prize 2016 - Application form (pdf 175 KB)