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2021 Prizes and Winners

First Round Prize Winners

AMEB Emerging Ensemble Encouragement Award
Bellissimo Flute Ensemble - QLD

Innovation Award
Baroque Ensemble - SA

Melbourne Recital Centre Regional Prize
Shearwater Trio - NSW

Gandel Australian Music Prize
False Relations - NSW

Spirit of Chamber Music Prize
MLC School Vocal Consort - NSW

String Prize (AUSTA)
Lam Quartet - NSW
Tetivo Trio - NSW
Von Einem String Quartet - NSW
Dragon Brothers - NSW

Junior Prize
Finesse Strings - WA
Year 6/7 String Quartet - NSW
Scotch College Two Pianos Junior Ensemble - VIC
100 Strings - WA

Mixed Ensemble Prize
The MLC School Trio - NSW

Percussion Prize
JPMS Ensemble Ritmico - QLD
JPMS Ensemble Vivo - QLD

Vocal Prize
The 'Illegal' Choir - NSW
MLC School Vocal Consort - NSW

Brass Prize (Yamaha)
St.George Brass Band Junior Quintet - NSW
Darwin High School Brass Trio - NT
Adelaide Trombone Quartet - SA

Keyboard Prize (Yamaha)
The Open School Piano Quartet - ACT
MLC 40 Fingers - NSW
Fraser Piano Trio - QLD
Bradford Trio - VIC
Triola Trio - VIC 

Woodwind Prize (Yamaha)
The Dented Crooks - ACT
Sydney Grammar School Double Reed Trio - NSW
The King's School Clarinet Quartet - NSW
The Klezmer Trio - NSW

Prizes awarded during Finals Weekend

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 

Gold Award – For 4th, 5th and 6th place groups $700

Silver Award – For 7th-12th place groups $400


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.

Gandel Australian Music Prize
Generously supported by Gandel Philanthropy, this prize is awarded for the best performance of an Australian work, which may include student compositions. In addition to receiving $2,000 cash, if the winner of this prize is not already in the final, the group will be invited to give a special performance at an appropriate time during the finals event. Travel to Melbourne will be subsidised where required.

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.

Bendigo Chamber Music Festival Prize 
Awarded by the Jury, in consultation with BCMF Artistic Administration, the winning group/groups selected from any stage of the competition will be invited to give a 45min performance as part of the 2022 Bendigo Chamber Music Festival (travel and accommodation provided). In addition to the performance, the group/s will have opportunities to engage with professional artists in an educational context including participation in masterclasses and attendance at other Festival concerts.


AMEB Emerging Ensemble Encouragement Award - $1,000 worth of sheet music for a group that shows a need for additional resources.

Innovation Award - $500 cash for the ensemble who throws the most interesting light on what chamber music can be. 

The Spirit of Chamber Music Prize - $200 cash 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 Semi Finals.

At the discretion of the Artistic Director, one or more prizes may be awarded in each of the following categories. $200 cash each prize: 

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


Yamaha First Prize - $400
Ensemble Fontegara - QLD

Yamaha Second Prize - $250
Darwin High School Saxophone Ensemble - NT

Yamaha Third Prize - $150
Spinifex Senior String Ensemble - QLD

Honourable Mentions
Amethyst String Quartet - QLD
Sapphire String Quartet - QLD
Blackburn High School Vocal Ensemble B - VIC
Winter Harps - VIC
Allegro String Quartet - NSW

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