NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition

Winners of the 2018 NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition

Overall Winner - Emily Su, Sibelius Violin Concerto in D

Barbara Robinson Award - Lily Dai, Lalo Cello Concerto in D minor 1

Barbara Cran Award - Daniel Lin, Walton Concerto for Viola & Orchestra

KPO Players' Award - Sarah Chang, Paganini Violin Concerto No 1

More Concerto Competition Information

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


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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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 2017

Overall Winner
Benett Tsai - cello

Barbara Robinson Award (Senior Section)
Leanne Jin - piano

Barbara Cran Award (Junior Section)
Alicia Poon - violin

Multiple Section Winners
Sarah Chang - violin and Jared Cheung - cello

Players Award Winner
Benett Tsai - cello

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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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