Watch online as the spectacular finale is streamed right to your home. The Music Trust’s Freedman Classical Fellowship promises an evening of creativity and energy, as finalists vie for the $21,000 Fellowship in a thrilling deciding concert.
After a nation-wide search, finalists Molly Collier-O’Boyle (viola), Will Hansen (double bass), Kyla Matsuura-Miller (violin) and Eliza Shephard (flute) have been selected as Australia’s preeminent classical instrumentalists 30 years and under.
The Freedman Classical Fellowship is one of Australia’s most prestigious, career-defining awards. The program, which was founded by The Music Trust and generously funded by the Freedman Foundation, highlights the next generation of leaders in Classical Music. Past Fellows include a long list of Australia’s most distinguished classical musicians including Genevieve Lacy, William Barton, Joseph Tawadros and Claire Edwardes.
Each year, nine prominent classical artists and industry from around Australia are challenged: “Nominate the winner of this year’s Freedman Classical Fellowship!” The nominees must be classical instrumentalists aged 30 and under at the time of the concert, and Australian citizens.
In 2021, NSW double bassist Will Hansen (24) has been named alongside the three Victorian artists; violist Molly Collier-O'Boyle (27), violinist Kyla Matsuura-Miller (28) and flautist Eliza Shephard (28) as the Freedman Classical Fellowship Finalists.
Join us for this exciting concert that demonstrates great diversity, innovation and agility, as the four finalists compete for the Fellowship, recorded live for the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall. The decision rests with this year’s illustrious judging panel, Penny Lomax, Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Véronique Serret.