Young Instrumentalists Prize

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents the Young Instrumentalists 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.


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.

2017 winners

Winner of the Young Instrumentalists Prize of $5000 and the opportunity to perform as soloist on stage with QSO
This performance will be in the Education ENGAGE concert: The Grand Tannhauser, Thursday 20 April 2017 at 11.30am.
Leanne McGowan, violin
Max Bruch
Scottish Fantasy in E flat major Op.46 – Mvt 4

2nd Prize of $3000
Julius Lynch, violin
Camille Saint-Saëns
Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor Op.61 – Mvt 3
Julius was also the recipient of the loan of a violin for 12 months from Lilly Camden, MFA Anthony Camden Fund and National instrumental Bank Award.

3rd Prize of $2000
Noah Lynch, violin

Giovanni Battista Viotti
Violin Concerto No.22 - Mvt 1

4th Prize of $1000
Jessica Walther, flute

Carl Reinecke
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D major Op.283 – Mvt 3

5th Prize of $500
Harry Egerton, violin

Camille Saint-Saëns
Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor Op.61 – Mvt 1

6th Prize of $500
Sola Hughes, violin

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Violin Concerto in E minor Op.64 – Mvt 1

DATES FOR 2017 Young Instrumentalists Prize

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

For more information phone our Education Liaison Officer on 3833 5035 or email with Young Instrumentalists Prize in the subject line.