This year’s finalists modernize the way we think about classical music. The double bass and viola are not the first choice when we consider classical instruments, but these trail-blazing young musicians are bringing them out of the shadows and onto centre stage. While their paths are very different, our finalists draw on diversity and breadth of five centuries of music, while imagining a new future for classical music in Australia – on the vanguard, forging their own futures, on their own terms.” – Roland Peelman, 2019 Judge.
After a nation-wide search for Australia’s best young classical musicians aged 30 and under, the three finalists – violist Katie Yap and double bassists Jonathan Heilbron and Rohan Dasika, will compete live in concert for the title of The Music Trust’s 2019 Freedman Classical Fellow, and the career-changing $20,000 cash prize which enables them to undertake a proposed creative project. The winner will be announced on the night by the panel of esteemed judges which include; Director of the Canberra International Music Festival, Roland Peelman, Artistic Administrator of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Anna Melville and pianist, Sonya Lifschitz.
For the first time in its history, the concert will take place in the superb and intimate surroundings of the Utzon Room in the Sydney Opera House. In a thrilling concert that demonstrates great diversity, innovation and agility, the three finalists strive for their chance to win the 18-year institution of The Music Trust’s Freedman Classical Fellowships.
The Freedman Fellowship Awards are among the most prestigious offered to Australian musicians. They are awarded annually to a classical music instrumentalist and a jazz musician. Distinguished musicians from around the country are invited to nominate candidates from amongst whom three finalists are selected. The Freedman Classical Fellowship is managed by The Music Trust and administered by SIMA.