Finalists of Strike A Chord 2021

We are delighted to announce the Finalists of Strike A Chord 2021, the second iteration of Musica Viva's National Chamber Music Championship for secondary school ensembles. After two weeks of deliberation, the jury has come to a decision on the twelve groups from across Australia that will be heading to Melbourne Recital Centre for the Grand Finals on the 14th and 15th of August.

Check out the list of finalists and prize winners below!


The Canberra Reds - Canberra, ACT
Francois DOPPLER - Andante and Rondo for two flutes and piano

Jayden Lohe, flute
Carl Vitolovich, flute
Lucy Gao, piano

Bartholdy Trio - Sydney, NSW
Felix MENDELSSOHN - Piano Trio No.1 in D minor 1st movement

Justine Zhang, violin
Vincent Zhu, cello
Fiona Feng, piano

False Relations - Sydney, NSW
Paul STANHOPE - I have not your dreaming

Gabriel Dillon, voice
Archie Tulk, voice
Austin O’Toole, voice
Liam Green, voice

Piccolo String Quartet - Sydney, NSW
Felix MENDELSSOHN - String Quartet No. 3 in A Minor Op. 13 First Mvt

Isabella Sun, violin
Jonah Shi, violin
Hayley Lau, viola
Jack Theakston, cello

Amogus Trio - Brisbane, QLD
Arno BABADJANIAN - Piano Trio in F-sharp minor, 2nd and 3rd movements

Anna Suzuki, violin
Jeremy Sun, piano
Joshua Jones, cello

JPMS Ensemble Spirito - Brisbane, QLD
John PSATHAS - Kyoto

Yuliana Chen, percussion
Chloe Christofan, percussion
Lachlan Tu, percussion
Abigail Ling, percussion
Theo Hidajat, percussion

"Shell Shocked" Chamber Percussion Ensemble, Sheldon College - Brisbane, QLD
Dave HALL - Escape Velocity

Nicholas Robinson, vibraphone
Hayden Rayner, percussion
Nicholas Yang, marimba 1
David Chiu, marimba 2

Pirulí String Quartet - Adelaide, SA
Felix MENDELSSOHN - String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13, I. Adagio - Allegro vivace

Jasmine Milton, violin
Haneulle Lovell, violin
Sterling Rieck, viola
Caleb Christian, cello

Scotch College String Quartet - Melbourne, VIC
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN - String Quartet In F minor Op 95

Leon Fei, violin
Lachlan Chen, violin
Neil Wang, viola
Justin Sheng, cello

Trio Finifugal - Melbourne, VIC
Johannes BRAHMS - Zwei Gesänge, op. 91 - II. Geistliches Wiegenlied

Mia-Chenea Robinson, voice
Sebastian Coyne, piano
Noah Lawrence, cello

Vdub - Melbourne, VIC
R. Vaughan WILLIAMS - Phantasy Quintet, i. Prelude ii. Scherzo

Olivia Spyrou, violin
Ian Chiao, violin
Jamie Miles, viola
Sebastian Coyne, viola
Noah Lawrence, cello

Four Strings - Perth, WA
Ignaz LACHNER - Quartet in G for 4 violins Op. 107 3rd and 4th movements (Allegro giocoso and Finale)

Aaron Ooi, violin
Alicia Sun, violin
Mia Hasler, violin
Paula Krause, violin


First Round Prize Winners

AMEB Emerging Ensemble Encouragement Award
Bellissimo Flute Ensemble - QLD

Innovation Award
Baroque Ensemble - SA

Melbourne Recital Centre Regional Prize
Shearwater Trio - NSW

Gandel Australian Music Prize
False Relations - NSW

Spirit of Chamber Music Prize
MLC School Vocal Consort - NSW

String Prize (AUSTA)
Lam Quartet - NSW
Tetivo Trio - NSW
Von Einem String Quartet - NSW
Dragon Brothers - NSW

Junior Prize
Finesse Strings - WA
Year 6/7 String Quartet - NSW
Scotch College Two Pianos Junior Ensemble - VIC
100 Strings - WA

Mixed Ensemble Prize
The MLC School Trio - NSW

Percussion Prize
JPMS Ensemble Ritmico - QLD
JPMS Ensemble Vivo - QLD

Vocal Prize
The 'Illegal' Choir - NSW
MLC School Vocal Consort - NSW

Brass Prize (Yamaha)
St.George Brass Band Junior Quintet - NSW
Darwin High School Brass Trio - NT
Adelaide Trombone Quartet - SA

Keyboard Prize (Yamaha)
The Open School Piano Quartet - ACT
MLC 40 Fingers - NSW
Fraser Piano Trio - QLD
Bradford Trio - VIC
Triola Trio - VIC 

Woodwind Prize (Yamaha)
The Dented Crooks - ACT
Sydney Grammar School Double Reed Trio - NSW
The King's School Clarinet Quartet - NSW
The Klezmer Trio - NSW


Yamaha First Prize - $400
Ensemble Fontegara - QLD

Yamaha Second Prize - $250
Darwin High School Saxophone Ensemble - NT

Yamaha Third Prize - $150
Spinifex Senior String Ensemble - QLD

Honourable Mentions
Amethyst String Quartet - QLD
Sapphire String Quartet - QLD
Blackburn High School Vocal Ensemble B - VIC
Winter Harps - VIC
Allegro String Quartet - NSW

Now begins the countdown to the finals weekend! The Strike A Chord Grand Final will be held at Melbourne Recital Centre on August 14th and 15th. Tickets for the live events and live streamed experience will be on sale very soon, so follow us on Facebook or sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates as they come.

Musica Viva's Strike A Chord is made possible by the generous support of our many partners.