Young Virtuoso Awards

Young Virtuoso Award 2021 hosted by 5MBS.

The 5MBS Young Virtuoso Award concert was held on Sunday 24th October in St John’s Church, Halifax St.


The Young Virtuoso Awards program is part of the commitment of community radio station 5mbs to the development of live music and musicians in Adelaide. Through this program, 5mbs encourages young South Australian musicians in their development as budding professionals, in their artistic development and in helping them to reach for the pinnacle of their abilities. Donate here.

We’re delighted to announce that the Young Virtuoso Award was  presented by the new Governor of South Australia, Frances Adamson AC.


Eight outstanding young musicians were selected through the Adelaide Eisteddfod competitions to be contestants for the Young Virtuoso Award.

Phillipa McAuliffe Harp
Maria Zhdanovich (Winner) Flute
Jenny Su (Winner) Piano
Mitchell Lloyd Piano
Cherie Surman (Winner) Voice
Macintyre Howie Reeves Voice
Connor Whyte Guitar
Giulio Mucci Guitar

This year’s prizes:

Vocal: $750
Instrumental: $750
Piano: $750
Overall winner: $2,000


Piano prize sponsor: Winston Music
Instrumental prize sponsor: Size Music


Adjudicators for this year:

Gil Sullivan

One of Australia’s resident full-time concert pianists, Gil Sullivan tours extensively both around Australia and overseas, performing each year throughout Asia, Europe, the U.K., and the United States. He is also a teacher and a regular adjudicator of the Julian Cochran International Piano competition. Read more.


Lachlan Bramble

Lachlan is Associate Principal 2nd Violin of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and violinist with the Benaud Trio. He has also been a guest musician with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria and the Australian String Quartet. A passionate educator, Lachlan has tutored violins of the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and at many National Music Camps. and was Director of the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra from 2011 – 2015. Lachlan also enjoys teaching violin privately.

Brian Chatterton

Brian Chatterton co-founded Co-Opera and was its Musical Director from its inception in 1990 until 2017. He was formerly Head of Performing Arts at the South Australian College of Advanced Education, Director of the Elder Conservatorium and Dean of Performing Arts at the University of Adelaide. From 1973 to 1978 he worked with State Opera of SA as repetiteur, chorus master and musical director for many productions. He regularly adjudicates at music Eisteddfods.

Remembering Robert Brown.

This year, 5MBS is remembering the work done in past years by Robert Brown, OAM, for his work with the Adelaide Eisteddfod, organizing the Young Virtuoso Award as well as being a music teacher and President of the Flute Society. He was a regular presented of the Flute Society program on 5MBS.
Sadly, Robert died recently after an illness. Robert was a tireless worker in the support of young up and coming classical musicians and will be greatly missed.
5MBS is dedicating this year’s Award to his memory.

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