NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition

Finalists for 2017

Juniors
  • Alicia Poon (Violin) - Khachaturian Concerto in D minor
  • Emily Su (Violin) - Tchaikovsky Concerto in D Major
Seniors
  • Benett Tsai (Cello) - Elgar Concerto in E minor
  • Oscar Han (Violin) - Wieniawski Fantasia on Themes from ‘Faust’
  • Leanne Jin (Piano) - Prokofiev Concerto No.1
  • Simon Jones (French Horn) - Strauss Concerto No. 1

Multiple Concerto Winners

Sarah Chang (Violin) and Jared Cheung (Cello)
Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102

Dates for 2017 and Information

  • Semi-Finals and Multiples Competition: Sunday 9th April, 11am - 6pm at McCaskill Music Centre, Barker College
  • Finals: Saturday 24th June, 7.30pm at The Concourse, Chatswood

Venues

Barker College

The Concourse

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I have submitted an entry form and I have to make a special request, how do I do this?
    You can do this by emailing concertocomp@kpo.com.au before the closing date for entries. We will do our best to accommodate any special requests received before this date. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate any further changes or special requests after this date, except in relation to a change of accompanist (recognising that this is usually beyond the control of the competitor). However, we strongly encourage you to tell us who your accompanist will be, as we factor this in when scheduling auditions and semi finals to ensure that each competitor has the opportunity to have a quick warm up with their accompanist before their performance.
  • Do I get a warm up before my audition and semi final performances?
    Yes! Each competitor will be allocated a warm up room with their accompanist at a specified time for approximately 30 minutes before their performance. Pianists will be allocated a room with 2 pianos, and other competitors will be allocated a room with 1 piano. You will be informed of your warm up time when you arrive at the audition/semi final venue, so we advise you to factor this in when you receive your audition/semi final performance time. Please note that accompanists will not be allowed to use warm up rooms for their own purposes, unless they are with a competitor who has been allocated that room.
  • Will I be able to have my audition and/or semi final performance on a different date?
    No. Once we have published the dates for auditions, semi finals and finals on our website, we are unable to change these dates. There are many factors that we consider when scheduling these dates, including venue availability, school holiday dates and the KPO’s calendar of events.
  • What time of the day are auditions and semi final performances usually held?
    Times can vary from year to year depending on the number of entries we receive. However, as a general guide, we schedule junior competitors earlier in the day and senior competitors later in the day. This is to ensure that junior competitors are fairly judged against other junior competitors and that the same occurs for senior competitors. Auditions usually take place from approximately 8am until 6pm on the audition day. As a guide, junior competitors usually perform in the morning and senior competitors usually perform in the afternoon. We also have a few small breaks and a lunch break throughout the day for our audience, adjudicators and volunteers to recharge their batteries! A list of audition times will be made available on the KPO website during the week before the date of the auditions. Semi finals usually take place from approximately 12 noon until 6pm on the semi finals day, with junior competitors performing before senior competitors. A list of semi finals performance times will be made available on the KPO website during the week before the date of the semi finals. The multiple section will take place on the same day as the semi finals, before the junior section performances. This will most likely be in the morning. A list of multiple section performance times will be made available on the KPO website during the week before the date of the semi finals. We will do our best to accommodate any special requests for audition times if you email concertocomp@kpo.org.au before the closing date for entries, provided that the request falls within the above guidelines. For instance, a junior competitor will not be allowed to have their audition in the afternoon if this means that they will be performing alongside senior competitors.
  • In the audition, do I have to prepare the whole movement of my concerto if it is longer than 6 minutes?
    Yes. As we have stated in rule 7, competitors must be prepared to perform any section(s) of their chosen work if requested to do so by the adjudicator/s. This includes cadenzas. You are welcome to make cuts in your performance and mark these on the adjudicators’ copy of the music. However, the adjudicators may ask you to play different sections to those that you have indicated.
  • If I progress to the semi finals, do I have to prepare the whole movement of my concerto if it is longer than 15 minutes?
    Yes. Competitors must be prepared to perform any section(s) of their chosen work if requested to do so by the adjudicator/s. This includes cadenzas. You are welcome to make cuts in your performance and mark these on the adjudicators’ copy of the music. However, the adjudicators may ask you to play different sections to those that you have indicated.
  • If I progress to the finals concert, will I be able to perform the whole movement of my concerto if it is longer than 15 minutes?
    As stated in rule 9, this will be at the discretion of the final concert conductor. The conductor will need to weigh up numerous factors, such as the length of the movement(s), the length of other finalists’ performances and the fact that the finals concert is also a “concert” as opposed to a series of auditions. However, this decision will be made in consultation with the relevant finalist(s).
  • Will I be able to change the concerto movement(s) nominated on my entry form after the closing date for entries, eg if I progress to the semi finals and/or finals?
    No. You will need to carefully consider your choice of concerto movement(s) when you submit your entry form, as you will not be able to make any changes after the closing date for entries. Similarly, if you progress to the semi finals and/or finals, you will not be able to add additional movements to, or remove movements from, those nominated on your entry form. This is to ensure that all competitors are assessed on the same movement(s) at each stage of the competition.
  • What additional equipment (apart from my instrument) will be available to me for my audition and/or semi final performance?
    On stage, we will have two pianos, piano stools, a selection of chairs and music stands. If you require additional equipment specific to your instrument (eg amplifier, cello T bar, double bass stool or a chair of a particular size), you will need to bring this equipment yourself. If you need additional set up time for this equipment, please email concertocomp@kpo.org.au before the closing date so that we can allow for this in our scheduling.
  • Will I be given access to the audition and semi finals venues before my allocated audition or semi finals performance time (either on or before the auditions/semi finals day)?
    No. Competitors will not be allowed to practise in the audition and semi finals venues before their allocated audition or semi finals performance time, except in their allocated warm up room on the day of their audition/semi finals performance.
  • Does my concerto work have to be a “concerto” or can it be a work for solo instrument and orchestra?
    Your nominated work can either be a “concerto” or a work for solo instrument and orchestra, provided that the orchestral parts are readily available within Australia and it fulfills the other requirements specified in our rules.
  • What do I need to do to enter the Competition?
    You will need to submit an entry form online with all fields completed. Once you click on “submit” at the bottom of the entry form, you will be taken to a separate web page to pay your entry fee. Please ensure that you have all of the correct information with you when submitting your entry form (including credit card details), as you will need to pay your entry fee online straight after submitting your entry form. If you do not do this, you will need to submit another entry form and then pay for your entry fee online. Please note that the Committee will not accept your entry form until you have submitted the entry form and made your payment online. This will need to be done before the closing date for entries.
  • Do competitors need to be of a particular standard in order to enter the Competition?
    There is no expected level or minimum standard. We have a wide variety of instruments that audition each year. The only requirement is that each competitor performs a movement (or movements) of a concerto or a piece which can be played with orchestral accompaniment.
  • Where can I find further information about the Competition?
    Please feel free to browse through the information available under the <a href="index.php/concerto-competition">Concerto Competition tab of the KPO website</a> (https://kpo.org.au/current/). In particular, you may wish to read our Testimonials page (https://kpo.org.au/current/index.php/concerto/testimonials). Your teacher should also be able to give you a better idea of what to expect.
  • What is the entry fee for the Competition?
    The entry fee is $50 per competitor. This includes one free ticket to our Finals Concert. A multiple entry only needs to pay one fee of $50 for the group, however all competitor names need to be listed.
  • If I have previously won the Junior Section of the Competition, am I eligible to enter the Senior Section of the Competition on the same instrument?
    Yes – please see rule 13. This applies even if you are younger than the age bracket for Senior Section competitors in rule 2.

More Concerto Competition Information

  • About the Competition
  • History of the Competition
  • Past Winners
  • Testimonials

History

The NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition is a prestigious classical music competition for secondary school students in NSW and the ACT.

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Foundations

The competition, first known as the KPO Concerto Competition, was conceived in 1984, when two Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) players, Barbara Cran and Barbara Robinson proposed the idea of rewarding local music students, who were in secondary school and taking their music seriously, by providing them with the opportunity to play a concerto with an orchestra (the KPO).

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Prize Winners for 2016

Overall Winner
Brian Kim - flute

Barbara Robinson Award (Senior Section)
Anthony Chan - violin

Barbara Cran Award (Junior Section)
Benett Tsai - cello

Players Award Winner
Jasmine Baric - violin

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Concerto Competition – What people say about the competition

"I would like to first of all thank you all for being such dedicated musicians. It is great to see such a strong musical community supporting the youngsters of the musical world through the concerto competition. Over my three years as part of the competition I have seen it grow bigger and the standard get better each time. It is reputable on all of your behalves for the time and effort you put in to make the final concert such a success.

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