MUSIC for Canberra chose last night’s Dvo?ák concert at Llewellyn Hall for the announcement by conductor Leonard Weiss that Canberra Youth Orchestra violinist Donica Tran was the winner in their Concerto Competition.
The finals were held recently held at Wesley Music Centre during the Solstice Soirée Series, where of each of the 8 finalists performed one movement of their own choice concerto, after all were provided the opportunity to rehearse during the week prior with accompanist Anthony Smith.
Guest adjudicators assisting Weiss, flautist Vernon Hill and violinist Barbara Jane Gilby, said the standard overall was exceptional, as was the surprising element that not all students presented playing their orchestral instrument.
As her prize, Tran will get to perform her entire concerto at one of the two Canberra Youth Orchestra remaining concerts for 2016, and will also receive a prize package to kick-start their professional music career.
The Honourable Mention musicians, Helena Popovic, Jonathan Lee and Lily Bryant have been offered a chance to perform their one movement with the orchestra this year.