2018 Competition


Prizes sponsored by Ishiyama Foundation

1st – Naomi Flatman, Brisbane
2nd – Kate Amos, Melbourne
3rd – Rebecca Cassidy, Brisbane


Most Promising Vocalist – Rev Norton Challenor Award & Perpetual Trophy sponsored by Mrs Mary Paola  – Alison Paris

Audience Choice Award sponsored by Susan Grinsell Singing Studio – Rebecca Cassidy



Jorgensen Tutoring & Music School Prizes 

1st – Sze Pui Li, Hong Kong
2nd – Liliana Izyk, Lubin, Poland
3rd – Bianca Bacchiella, Ingham

Highly Commended –  Alison Paris, Brisbane


Arties Music Encouragement Award 20 years and under 

Charlotte Wright, Cairns
Jacalyn Adcock, Townsville


1st – Townsville City Council Prize
plus John Hopkins Performance Fellowship Value $1000+ plus Barrier Reef Orchestra Partnership
Yebin Yoo, Melbourne – Violin

2nd – Dr Bill Williams OBE Memorial Prize sponsored by TCC and Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition
Victor Dai, Sydney – Piano  &  Michael Li, Melbourne – Piano

3rd $1000
(no award)

Finalists – Crystal Smith, Tomewin – Piano  &  Raechel Suh, Brisbane – Violoncello

SPECIAL AWARDS – No age or geographic restrictions for the awards below.

Most Outstanding Musician from Nth Qld Joy Rutledge Award sponsored by Mrs Dinie Gaemers
Andrew Fong, Townsville – Clarinet

Most Promising Pianist Frank Carroll Memorial Award sponsored by Anne Brook and Alan Stephenson
Crystal Smith, Tomewin – Piano

Most Promising Strings AUSTA (Nth Qld Branch) Award
Raechel Suh, Brisbane – Violoncello

Most Promising Brass or Woodwind Award sponsored by Arthur Florence MusicAid
Rosemarry Yang, Melbourne – French Horn

Audience Choice sponsored by TripleT Classic Music Team
Yebin Yoo, Melbourne – Violin



Loloma Jewellers Prizes 

1st – Jeremy Sun, Brisbane – Piano
2nd – Elizabeth Russell, Singapore – Flute
3rd – Reuben Tsang, Cairns – Piano

Highly Commended –  Cameron Smith, Melbourne | Clarinet
Highly Commended – Emma Morrison, Melbourne | Bassoon


Arties Music Encouragement Award  – Nina Fan, Gold Coast | Piano


The Townsville and District Music Teachers’ Association Prizes

1st – Jeremy Sun, Brisbane | Piano
2nd – Ingram Fan, Gold Coast | Violin
3rd – Elizabeth Russell, Singapore | Flute

Highly Commended – Emily McDonald, Townsville | Violin
Highly Commended – Michael Carroll, Townsville | Violoncello


Arties Music Development Award 20 years & under – Carolina Peserico, Padua, Italy | Flute

Youth Development Award  – Michael Carroll, Townsville | Violoncello  
(sponsored by Mrs Dinie Gaemers, Arties’ Music and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music)


The Townsville City Council Prizes  sponsored by the Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition

1st – Los Guitarristas, McCluskey Home Studio Students
2nd – St Margaret Mary’s Guitar Ensemble
3rd – Schubert Quartet Pimlico State High School & Townsville Grammar School
4th – Amadeus Quartet Pimlico State High School  & Townsville Grammar School

Highly Commended – Fantôme Quartet,  Pimlico State High School


Australian Festival of Chamber Music Junior Winterschool Award –  Schubert Quartet, Pimlico State High School & Townsville Grammar School

2018 Official Program

Adjudicators and Accompanists

Piers Lane AO – Instrumental Adjudicator

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. In great demand as a soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include performances of Busoni’s mighty piano

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Cheryl Barker AO – Vocal Adjudicator

Cheryl Barker AO has established a distinguished Operatic Career throughout the UK, Europe,USA and Australasia. She has performed for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, WelshNational Opera, Paris Opera, Nederlandse Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera,Houston

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Peter de Jager – Accompanist

Peter de Jager is a Melbourne-based Pianist, Harpsichordist, and Composer. He enjoys all forms of music, and performs music from all periods of the western classical tradition on a variety of historical instruments, as well as having some experience in

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Catherine Davis – Accompanist

Catherine Davis was educated at the Conservatorium High in Sydney and the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she won all the major piano and accompaniment prizes, culminating in the Recital Diploma. Since returning to Australia, she took up a

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Maryleigh Hand – Vocal Accompanist

Originally a language teacher, Maryleigh’s passion for music and words inspired her to become an accompanist and vocal coach. At Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium, she concentrated on vocal repertoire and technique with Nancy Thomas, studying piano with Lance Dossor. Recent highlights

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Robert Manley – Accompanist

Robert completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Queensland, graduating with a University Medal in 2011. He subsequently spent two years at the Australian National Academy of Music studying the cello with Howard Penny. Robert is a

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2018 Raffle

2018 Raffle

Many thanks to Dr Sylvia Ditchburn for so generously donating this marvellous print of one of her original works. Raffle tickets will be on sale at all 2018 events. About the Artist: Since coming to north Queensland from the Darling Downs in the 1960s, Sylvia has been inspired by the tropical environment for her work. After graduating with a Phd in 2000 at James Cook University Townsville, Dr Ditchburn continues to depict Australian natural environments in her typically vibrant gouache and acrylic palette. A freelance fine artist and essentially plein-air painter, Sylvia brings together images from her extensive painting trips throughout Australia. These include the Kimberley and Broome in West Australia, MacDonnell Ranges, Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Devil’s Marbles in central Australia, Simpson and Painted deserts, Lake Eyre, Flinders Ranges in south Australia, Lost City and Kakadu in the Northern Territory, contrasted with the lush and dry tropics of north Queensland coastal fringe. About the Artwork: The framed art work I am donating to the ACVC Remember Townsville is a reproduction of a painting I created of the marina and buildings with the iconic Castle Hill dominating the city skyline of Townsville. I noticed this view when I was dining with my

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Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors and Supporters