ABC Young Performer of the Year- Emily Sun

ABC Young Performer of the Year- Emily Sun

In a packed Concert Hall at Sydney’s Opera House accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of celebrated conductor Dr. Nicholas Milton AM three incredibly talented young finalists competed to win the coveted ABC Young Performer Award.

Each finalist played an exhilarating concerto with 26 year old Violinist from Concord West, Emily Sun chosen as winner.

The adjudicators Bernadette Harvey, Charmian Gadd, Catherine McCorkill, Dene Olding, Warwick Ross, Alan Vivian, Nathan Waks, Gerard Willems and Raff Wilson had a tremendously hard task choosing from Emily and her fellow finalists Kevin Chow, 21 on piano and Oliver Shermacher, 22 the clarinet.

There was a total prize pool of approximately $170,000 with each finalist receiving the following:-

Emily Sun -Young Performer of the Year

$50,000 AETT Scholarship: A scholarship to study overseas presented by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust

$30,000 Sheila Walker Scholarship: a cash grant to assist with a programme of study or musical activity sponsored by Mr David Walker

Emily will also be the ABC Classic FM Artist in Residence and will have the opportunity to record an album at the ABC, guided by the expertise of its specialist music production team; and a limited-edition Drago Marin Cherina bronze trophy presented by Music & Opera Singers Trust.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Prize – a professional engagement for a performance with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Prize – a professional engagement for a performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Prize – An opportunity for a professional engagement with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

The Melbourne Recital Centre Prize – An opportunity for a finalist to appear at the Recital Centre in 2018 or 2019

Ukaria Recital Prize – an opportunity to perform a recital in the UKARIA Cultural Centre, Adelaide Hills

The City Recital Hall Prize – An opportunity to perform a solo recital as part of City Recital Hall’s A Little Lunch Music Series

The YMF Award for Best Recital – a total award of $25,000 for best Recital at the Semi Finals


Kevin Chow
Triffit Bequest of $15,000 for runner-up

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music Prize – An opportunity to perform at the 2020 Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Oliver Shermacher
Triffit Bequest of $15,000 for runner-up

The Willoughby Symphony Orchestra Prize – a professional engagement for a performance with the award-winning Willoughby Symphony Orchestra

The Kitty Fischer Audience Prize of $2,500 presented by Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited on behalf of the Kitty Fischer Foundation

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