WHAT a year it’s been for classical guitarist Andrey Lebedev, one of guitar guru Timothy Kain’s finest students from the ANU School of Music, where he is now in his fourth year of study.
As reported previously in “CityNews”, Lebedev won first prize in the Adelaide (his home town) International Guitar Competition.
He also premiered Peter Sculthorpe’s “Oh T.I.” for guitar and string orchestra at the the 2012 Canberra International Music Festival.
As well, he was awarded the Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Doctors’ Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship, leading to a performance engagement with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2013.
Now the brilliant young guitarist has won the 2012 ArtSound FM Fine Music Network Young Performer of the Year Award for the ACT, open to final-year ANU School of Music classical students 25 and under and vocal students 30 years and under.
The newish head of the School, Professor Peter Tregear, named Lebedev as the winner on ArtSound earlier this week and the prize was awarded to him yesterday by ArtSound FM’s general manager, Chris Deacon, who said the station was offering him a concert performance on Artsound and a cash prize of $500.
As well, he gets the chance to win the $10,000 major national prize with a trip toMelbourneto attend the Young Performer Awards final on November 25, to be broadcast nationally on the Fine Music Network.
The network is a collaboration between ArtSound FM (Canberra), 2MBS FM (Sydney), 3MBS FM (Melbourne), 4MBS FM (Brisbane) and 5MBS FM (Adelaide).
Each year the stations host the Young Performer of the Year Award and ArtSound FM has sponsored an entry from the ACT, in association with the ANU School of Music, and the friends of the ANU School of Music.