The thrilling concert that decides the winner of the 2019 Freedman Classical Fellowship
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.
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.
A special guest appearance from internationally-renown guitarist Karin Schaupp, the 2002 Freedman Fellow, will entertain audiences before the announcement of the 2019 Freedman Classical Fellow. The Fellowship provides career-defining opportunities for the winner, with previous Fellows reading like a Who’s Who of Australian art music, including Genevieve Lacy, William Barton, Joseph Tawadros and Claire Edwardes.
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 and produced by Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA).
Presented by SIMA and supported by The Freedman Foundation and The Music Trust.