Cancellation of the Concerto Competition for 2020

It is with great regret that we have to inform our supporters that the Concerto Competition has been cancelled.

KPO has run the Concerto Competition annually since 1984 and remains totally committed to providing opportunities for talented young musicians. The Concerto Competition will return in our 2021 season.


If you have any questions regarding your participation in the Concerto Competition please email the KPO.

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 2019

Overall Winner
Sebastien Hibbard - cello

Barbara Robinson Award (Senior Section)
Alicia Poon - violin

Barbara Cran Award (Junior Section)
Yasmin Yoo - cello

Multiple Section Winners
Lawrence Wei & Victoria Teo

Players Award Winner
Sebastien Hibbard - 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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