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Strike A Chord 2020 Winners

Watch the 12 finalist ensemble performances at the Strike A Chord Grand Final on 12 September 2020. 
Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions the Magnolia Quintet were unable to perform live or re-record their performance for the Grand Final.

Grand Final Prizes

FIRST PRIZE ($5,000) The Robert Salzer Prize
Cousin Quartet

SECOND PRIZE ($4,000) The Paul Morawetz Prize
JPMS Ensemble Brilliante

THIRD PRIZE ($2,500) The Laura Brown Prize
The Lashavi Trio

AUDIENCE PRIZE ($2,000) The Peter Druce Prize
JPMS Ensemble Brilliante           

First Round Prizes


Bellissimo Flute Ensemble, QLD
Churchlands Senior High School Year 12 Wind Quintet, WA
Pimlico State High School Saxophone Quintet, QLD
The King’s School Clarinet Quartet, NSW
Trinity College Senior Clarinet Ensemble, SA


Dry Your Tears, ACT
St. George Brass Band Junior Quintet, NSW


Desmosedici Percussion Ensemble, QLD
JPMS Ensemble Energico, QLD

STRINGS PRIZE sponsored by the Australian Strings Association (AUSTA)

Cairns State High School String Quartet, QLD
Opus Quartet (Barker College), NSW
Pirulí String Quartet, SA
Trinity Grammar School (Summer Hill) String Quartet, NSW
Trinity Grammar School (Summer Hill) String Sextet, NSW
Brisbane Girls Grammar School Harp Trio, QLD

SPIRIT OF CHAMBER MUSIC PRIZE in memory of John and Lesley Sellars

Brisbane Girls Grammar School Year 12 String Quartet, QLD


Barockers, SA
The Illegal Choir, NSW
Vox Crucis, QLD


Brisbane Girls Grammar School Piano Trio, QLD
MLC School Senior Piano Trio, NSW
Trinity Grammar School (Summer Hill) Senior Piano Trio, NSW
The Waterford Trio, WA


The Artemis Trio, NSW
Barker Cello Quartet, NSW
Bradford Trio, VIC
Trio Mignon, QLD


Fort Street High School Saxophone Quartet, NSW


St. Andrew’s Cathedral School Bolling Quartet, NSW

Grand Finalists

Cellolujah - (Cello Quartet, Melbourne, VIC)
Cousin Quartet - (String Quartet, Sydney, NSW)
Esperanza - (Chamber Choir, Adelaide, SA)
JPMS Ensemble Animato - (Percussion Ensemble, Brisbane, QLD)
JPMS Ensemble Brillante - (Percussion Ensemble, Brisbane, QLD)
Lammoyip Trio - (Piano Trio, Sydney, NSW)
The Lashavi Trio - (Piano Trio, Sydney, NSW)
Magnolia Quintet - (Wind Quintet, Sydney, NSW)
The Millenium Trio - (Piano Trio, Perth, WA)
Open School Trio - (Piano Trio, Canberra, ACT)
Piccolo Piano Quartet - (Piano Quartet, Sydney, NSW)
Serendipity Quartet - (String Quartet, Sydney, NSW)

Lockdown Legends Winners

Watch the Lockdown Legends highlight reel.

FIRST PRIZE ($2,500) The Robert Salzer Prize
The Eureka Quartet

SECOND PRIZE ($1,500) The Paul Morawetz Prize
Miles Street 4

THIRD PRIZE ($800) The Laura Brown Prize
Scotch College Horn Trio

All Lockdown Legends entrants were eligible for a number of further Strike A Chord cash and development prizes, which were also announced by Smith at the finals. They are as follows: 

Melbourne Recital Centre Regional Prize - Cairns State High School Clarinet Quintet
Australian National Academy of Music Prize - Cousin Quartet
Flinders Quartet Mentorship Prize - Cousin Quartet and Eureka Quartet
Bendigo Chamber Music Festival Prize - Eureka Quartet and Scotch College Horn Trio
Australian Composition Prize - Cellolujah
Casio Prizes - Itet - John Noble's Quartet Program, The Hamilton and Alexandra College, and Trinity College, SA

Grand Final Program 2020

View the 2020 program online.