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Grand Final Prizes

The winners of the 2020 Strike A Chord Grand Final are:

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 Ensemgle Brilliante           

First Round Prizes

WOODWIND PRIZE

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

BRASS PRIZE

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

PERCUSSION PRIZE

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

VOCAL PRIZE

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

KEYBOARD PRIZE

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

JUNIOR PRIZE

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

AMEB EMERGING ENSEMBLE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD

Fort Street High School Saxophone Quartet, NSW

INNOVATION AWARD

St. Andrew’s Cathedral School Bolling Quartet, NSW


Major 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 in November/December 2020.

  • Travel & accommodation for four participants;
  • Coaching staff and program;
  • Rehearsal  room;
  • Closed performance opportunity at end of week 

Cash and development prizes

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, including travel and accommodation. Generously financially supported by Tom Breen.

AMEB Emerging Ensemble Encouragement Award - $1,000 worth of sheet music for a group that shows a need for additional resources, and does not progress to the Semi Final round.

Australian Composition Prize - For the best performance of an Australian work, including compositions by the entrants. $1500 cash.

Casio Prizes - For a group from a school or institution in need of a better piano. First prize - 1 school or music institution will receive 1 x Casio PXS3000 Digital Piano, valued at $1499.95 RRP each
Runners up prizes - 2 schools or music institutions will receive 1 x CASIO PXS1000 Digital Pianos, valued at $1099.95 RRP each. Find out how you can win here.

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.

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 2021 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.

Novice Prize - If every member of your group has been learning their instrument for less than 2 years you may be eligible to win a novice prize. Find out how to enter.

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

The Spirit of Chamber Music Prize - Generously provided by Elizabeth Sellars, in memory of John and Lesley Sellars. $200 cash

At the discretion of the Artistic Director, one or more prizes may be awarded at First Round stage in each of the following categories: 

Woodwind - groups that include at least 50% woodwind instruments

Brass - groups that include at least 50% brass instruments

Percussion - groups that include at least 50% percussion instruments

String - groups that include at least 50% string instruments

Vocal - groups that include at least one vocalist

Keyboard - groups that include at least one keyboard instrument 

Junior - groups in which all players are in school grade 9 or under

Casio first round prizes - 3 x CT-S300BK portable keyboards, valued at $349.95 RRP each


Lockdown Legends Prizes

1st Prize - $2,500

2nd Prize - $1,500

3rd Prize - $800

All Lockdown Legends entrants will also be eligible for the following Strike A Chord prizes:

  • Melbourne Recital Centre Regional Prize
  • Australian National Academy of Music Prize
  • Flinders Quartet Mentorship Prize
  • Bendigo Chamber Music Festival Prize
  • Australian Composition Prize - For the best performance of an Australian work, including compositions by the entrants. $1500 cash.
  • Casio Prizes - For a group from a school or institution in need of a better piano. Find out how you can win here
  • Novice Prize - If every member of your group has been learning their instrument for less than 2 years you may be eligible to win a novice prize. Find out how to enter.

Winners of these prizes will be announced at the Lockdown Legends Final, Sunday December 6.