PRIZES AWARDED AT GRAND FINAL 

First Prize - The Robert Salzer Prize $5,000 

Second Prize - The Paul Morawetz Prize $4,000 

Third Prize - The Laura Brown Prize $2,500 

Audience Prize - The Peter Druce Prize $2,000 

Australian National Academy of Music Prize - For a string quartet who the adjudicators believe would most benefit from a week-long coaching residency at ANAM (dates to be discussed and agreed upon with all parties). 

  • Travel & accommodation for four participants and one accompanying adult; 
  • Coaching staff and program; 
  • Rehearsal room; 
  • Closed performance opportunity at end of week  

Finalist Award – For 4th-12th place groups. $500 cash.


PRIZES AWARDED AT ANY STAGE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Melbourne Recital Centre Regional Prize - For a group that resides outside one of the major capital cities. All-access pass to selected MRC concerts for one week (dates to be discussed and agreed upon with all parties), including travel and accommodation. Generously financially supported by Tom Breen. 

Australian Music Prize - Awarded for the best performance of an Australian work, which may include student compositions. $2,000 cash. 

Flinders Quartet Mentorship Prize - A 12 month mentorship with the Flinders Quartet,awarded by the Jury in consultation with Flinders Quartet to a string quartet that shows commitment and potential to take their ensemble to the next level. Note: If there is no suitable string quartet, other ensemble combinations will be considered.  

The prize includes 10 mentorship sessions with Flinders Quartet members; 2 sessions on group development, career planning and concert presentation; performance in a Flinders Quartet subscription concert, including travel to and accommodation in Melbourne if required; and the opportunity to observe the Flinders Quartet in rehearsal throughout the year. Mentoring/rehearsal sessions will take place remotely via online platform where necessary. 

Sutherland Trio Mentorship Prize – A 12 month mentorship with the Sutherland Trio, awarded by the Jury in consultation with Sutherland Trio to a piano trio that shows commitment and potential to take their ensemble to the next level. 

The prize includes 8 x 1-hour coaching sessions, Unlimited access to any Sutherland Trio rehearsals, and a collaborative performance with Sutherland Trio to be held at Melbourne Digital Concert Hall (date to be discussed and agreed upon with all parties). Travel to Melbourne may be subsidised where required.

3MBS Prize - Awarded by the Jury to the top two (2) groups from Victoria. A live-to-air performance on 3MBS for the winning ensembles in one of their concert programs at a date suitable for both parties, including streaming + interview + social media. Ensembles will also receive a copy of their performance recording.


Prizes For Groups That Do Not Progress To The Grand Final

AMEB Emerging Ensemble Encouragement Award - $500 worth of sheet musicfor a group that shows a need for additional resources, and $500 cash contribution for professional development that supports performance (eg. recording, composition commission, or a masterclass). This award is for a group that does not progress to the Grand Final round. 

Innovation Award - For the ensemble who throws the most interesting light on what chamber music can be – an award for enthusiasm and imagination, in personnel, repertoire or presentation. $500 cash. 

The Spirit of Chamber Music Prize - Generously provided by Elizabeth Sellars, in memory of John and Lesley Sellars. For a group who the jury feels in some way touches upon the essential character and/or spirituality of a work, and does not progress to the Grand Final. $200 cash. 

At the discretion of the Artistic Director, one or more prizes may be awarded in each of the following categories, to groups that do not progress to the Grand Final. Each prize $200 cash:  

  • Woodwind - groups that include at least 50% woodwind instruments (sponsored by Yamaha Music Australia)
  • Brass - groups that include at least 50% brass instruments (sponsored by Yamaha Music Australia)
  • Percussion - groups that include at least 50% percussion instruments 
  • String - groups that include at least 50% string instruments (sponsored by the Australian Strings Association)
  • Vocal - groups that include at least one vocalist 
  • Keyboard - groups that include at least one keyboard instrument (sponsored by Yamaha Music Australia)
  • Junior - groups in which all players are in school grade 9 or under
  • World Instruments – groups that include at least one non-western instrument
  • Mixed Ensemble – groups that do meet the criteria of any other instrument category

STRIKE A CHORD NOVICE SECTION PRIZES 

Yamaha First Prize - $400 

Yamaha Second Prize - $250 

Yamaha Third Prize - $150 

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