Young Instrumentalist Prize

Open to students enrolled in a Queensland secondary school in 2020 performing on an orchestral instrument (including saxophone) at a minimum standard of AMEB Grade 8.

Young Instrumentalist Prize

#Young Instrumentalist Prize

Young Instrumentalist Prize presents an opportunity for exceptional Queensland school students to audition in front of a panel of Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians, with a public performance opportunity, cash prizes and mentoring opportunities available to up to six finalists. The overall winner will have the opportunity to perform as a soloist on stage with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

The Young Instrumentalist Prize is proudly supported by CP Morris and Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS), Brisbane

"I first heard of the competition when I saw Noah Lynch perform. I was inspired by how fantastic his performance was and realised how important it is to inspire young musicians to excel in music."

CP Morris

Important dates:

Auditions: Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February 2020
Finalists Recital: Saturday 14 March 2020
Winner’s Performance: 27 and 28 May 2020

Application fee: $75

An application fee on $75 is applicable. Details are included in the information document. Application fee is non-refundable once the applicant has been offered an audition.

#Upcoming events for the Young Instrumentalist Prize

#Further Application Information

#Did you know?


Queensland Symphony Orchestra created the Young Instrumentalist Competition for talented secondary school students in 1999 in collaboration with Education Queensland.


Over 500 young musicians have been a part of the Young Instrumentalist prize since its inception with 67 finalists performing in public concerts since 2009.


$12,000 in prize money has been awarded each year, shared among the six finalists with the winner receiving $5000 and the opportunity to perform as soloist with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in a public concert.


In 2011, QPIX filmed the Young Instrumentalist Competition and the resulting documentary, 'Prelude', was shown at the Brisbane International Film Festival.

#Previous winners

Leanne McGowan


Attended the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp in January before continuing her studies at Somerville House

Hee Soo Kim


Attending the Paris Conservatoire as one of the youngest musicians enrolled

Tetsuya Lawson

2014 (joint winner)

A graduate of Queensland Conservatorium and now in his second year of a Masters in Music at Rice University, Houston, USA

Guilliame Wang


Currently completing a Masters in Music Performance at the Paris Conservatoire