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First Round Jury

Stefan Cassomenos

Melbourne pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos is one of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians. As recipient of the Second Prize in the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn 2013, Cassomenos has performed throughout Europe and Asia, and has performed concertos with several Australian symphony orchestras, as well as orchestras overseas. Cassomenos is a founding member of chamber ensemble PLEXUS, which has commissioned and premiered over 100 new works. Cassomenos’compositions are regularly performed throughout Australia. Cassomenos is joint Artistic Director of Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, withviolinist Monica Curro. Cassomenos is generously supported by Kawai Australia.

Dr. Elizabeth Sellars

Australian-born Elizabeth Sellars, is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music in London where she studied with David Takeno (violin) and the Takacs String Quartet (chamber music). As a multiple prize-winner, Elizabeth has performed in festivals worldwide and has recorded for Toccata Classics, ABC Classics, Naxos and Move. A sought-after chamber musician, she has appeared for Musica Viva and won the 2014 Limelight chamber music recording of the year. Elizabeth is the dedicatee of many world premieres and has performed with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and major Australian orchestras. Elizabeth is a founding member of Sutherland Trio. 

Finals Jury

David Griffiths

David Griffiths is a member of two of Australia’s leading chamber music ensembles, the Australia Ensemble and Ensemble Liaison. He also holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Music (Clarinet) and Coordinator of Chamber Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne. A passionate educator and performer, he has presented masterclasses and workshops in Asia, Europe, United States, the Middle East and Australia including a critically acclaimed debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Euan Murdoch

Euan Murdoch is CEO of Melbourne Recital Centre. Prior to this role he was Director of Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (2015-2016) and Chief Executive of Chamber Music New Zealand for a decade. He is an experienced arts, academic and community leader with management and governance expertise. As a cellist, teacher and chamber musician, he has worked throughout the world and has been a member of the jury for the London International String Quartet Competition at Wigmore Hall and the St Martin’s Chamber Competition at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Louise Devenish

Louise Devenish is a contemporary percussionist whose creative practice blends performance, collaboration and artistic research. A passionate advocate of new music and Australian music, Louise has commissioned over 50 works for percussion, and her performances are acknowledged for their ‘dazzling vitality’, ‘stunning virtuosity’, ‘interpretive flair and technical brilliance’.  Louise is a core artist with acclaimed electroacoustic sextet Decibel, Australia’s leading percussion group Speak Percussion (Vic), theatre percussion project The Sound Collectors and percussion-piano-bass-clarinet trio Intercurrent.

Rosie Turner

Rosie Turner grew up playing the cornet in Willoughby Brass Band in Sydney. After completing her Bachelor of Music at the University of Sydney with James Blunt, she was accepted to three years of programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and learnt about orchestral playing from John Foster, Yoram Levy, and Daniel Mendelow. This led directly to a move to Philadelphia where she was fortunate enough to study with David Bilger at the Curtis Institute of Music, and listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra several times a week for two years. 

Tim Young

Timothy Young is Head of Piano and a resident artist for nearly 20 years at the Australian National Academy of Music. He performs regularly in recital as a soloist and in partnership with leading Australian and international musicians and ensembles. He studied at the University of Melbourne before completing his Diploma with distinction from the Nicolò Paganini Conservatorium in Genova, Italy. Timothy won several first prizes in International Music Competitions including the Premio Kawai-Tortona, the Palma d'Oro- Finale Ligure, his personal highlight however was playing works by Luciano Berio for the composer’s 70th birthday celebrations. In recent years Timothy has toured Australia with violinist Ray Chen for Musica Viva.