Introducing Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Young Instrumentalist Prize 2019 Winner

The winner of the prestigious Queensland Symphony Orchestra Young Instrumentalist Prize for 2019 is Gold Coast Grade 12 student, cellist Ho-Se Kim.

Introducing Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Young Instrumentalist Prize 2019 Winner


Currently attending the Queensland Academies for Health Sciences, Ho-Se first started learning the cello at the age of seven and is section leader in the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra Youth Symphony. Ho-Se has won numerous awards across the state and last year in the Gold Coast Eisteddfod, was selected as the most outstanding solo string player, and a member of the most outstanding trio/quartet. Ho-Se is also a student of Queensland Symphony Orchestra Principal Cello David Lale.

As the winner of the 2019 Young Instrumentalist Prize, Ho-Se Kim has taken home a $5,000 prize generously donated by CP Morris, four mentoring opportunities and will perform with the Orchestra on Wednesday 23 October 2019 in the Education Explore program,Concert of Curiosities, at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Young Instrumentalist Prize is a shining tribute to the future of music, and based on the talent this year, the future is in extremely talented hands. This year’s finalists in order were:

  1. Ho-Se Kim (cello)
  2. Anna Suzuki (violin)
  3. Lehan Ling (marimba)
  4. Oliver Schubert (trumpet)
  5. Angelina Kim (viola)
  6. Andrew Namgung (violin)

Recent Prize winners include Guilliame Wang (2013), who is currently completing a Masters in Music Performance at the Paris Conservatoire,Tetsuya Lawson (2014 joint winner), a graduate of Queensland Conservatorium and now in his second year of a Masters in Music at Rice University, Houston, USA,Hee Soo Kim (2016), also attending the Paris Conservatoire and one of the youngest musicians enrolled, andLeanne McGowan (2017) who attended the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp in January before continuing her studies at Somerville House.

Last year’s winner, Noah Lynch is beginning Year 10 at Brisbane Boys College. He is one of the youngest musicians to win the Young Instrumentalist Prize and benefited hugely from performing with the Orchestra last year.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra created the Young Instrumentalist competition in 1999 to inspire talented secondary school students along their music pathways. The Finalists Recital was added to the competition in 2009 giving more performance opportunities to applicants. The Prize gives the winner the opportunity to perform as a soloist with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in a public concert, which has launched the performing dreams of many young musicians. Cash prizes were added for the six finalists in 2012 and mentoring opportunities with Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians will be offered to finalists from 2019.


Andrew Namgung, violin
Accompanist - Alex Raineri, piano
Pablo de Sarasate

Lehan Ling, marimba
Accompanist - Kathy Sander, piano
Paul Creston
Concertino for Marimba Mvt 1 and 3

Ho-Se Kim, cello (WINNER)
Accompanist - Sue Lee, piano
Dmitri Shostakovich
Concerto No.1 for Cello and Orchestra Mvt 2

Angelina Kim, viola
Accompanist - Haunjung Lee, piano
Cecil Forsyth
Viola Concerto in G minor - Mvt 1

Oliver Schubert, trumpet
Accompanist - Tonia Paroz, piano
Alexander Arutiunian
Trumpet Concerto

Anna Suzuki, violin
Accompanist - Elena Dobrenko, piano
Peter Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major – Mvt 3

Highly Commended in 2019 included:
Liam Freisberg, violin
Yena Gook, cello
Ezekiel Jones, bassoon
Joshua Jones, cello
Nathan Kim, saxophone
Yuro Lee, violin
Andre Oberleuter, bassoon
Meg McWilliams, double bass

The Young Instrumentalist Prize is proudly supported by CP Morris
and Australia Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS), Brisbane


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