Young Instrumentalist Prize

Young Instrumentalist Prize

A performance platform for talented secondary school students around Queensland.

#Young Instrumentalist Prize

The Young Instrumentalist Prize presents an opportunity for exceptional Queensland school students to audition via video for a panel of Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians and artistic staff, with cash prizes, recording, performance and mentoring opportunities available to six finalists.

Students must be enrolled in any Queensland secondary school (years 7 to 12), or home schooled, in the year of the competition (2021). Students 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 be a movement or movements from a recognised concerto, or a work for solo instrument and orchestra, up to 10 minutes duration.

Applications close Friday 11 December 2020

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

“I was extremely honoured to perform at the finals and it was such a wonderful opportunity. When I was on stage I just had adrenaline running through my body and I was so excited. It was a really great experience performing in front of an audience with family and friends.”

- Theonie Satzuki Wang, 2020 Young Instrumentalist Prize Winner


#2020 Finalists

2020 Winner

Theonie Satzuki Wang, violin
Brisbane State High School

2020 Finalists

Joshua Jones, cello
Brisbane State High School

Anna Suzuki, violin
All Saints Anglican School

Andre Oberleuter, bassoon
Brisbane School of Distance Education

Jennifer Lin, snare drum
Mansfield State High School

Johanna Ide, saxophone
Mansfield State High School

2020 Violin Loan Recipient

Miriam Niessl,
The Gap State High School



"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

One violinist will be offered a loan of an AE Smith 1961 Violin, “Brennan Keats”. An additional string instrument loan may be offered. The AE Smith 1961 Violin, “Brennan Keats” has been kindly donated to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for use by an outstanding young violinist. The original donor Brennan Keats 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.