AMF Commissions new piece to celebrate the Centenary of Australia House in London

Joe Chindamo - ‘This House’
22 November 2018

To celebrate the centenary of the opening of Australia House in London, TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception at the Australian High Commission where HRH unveiled a wall plaque, mirroring the foundation stone laid by his great grandfather King George V in 1913, and also signed the same visitors’ book. The AMF commissioned Australian composer Joe Chindamo to write a piece to commemorate the occasion with the kind assistance of the High Commission. This House was performed at the event by a string ensemble of Australian and New Zealand musicians, including AMF awardees and alumni. The AMF was honoured to take part in the event, which also celebrated the 70th Birthday of our Patron in Chief. The AMF’s musical contribution was organised by Trustee Dr Margaret Mayston AM and the event was also attended by Yvonne Kenny AM (Chairman AMF UK), Professor Peter Tregear (Chairman AMF Australia Foundation) and Trustee Dennis Muirhead.

Results of the 2018 AMF Awards

Many thanks to all who attended the Finals of the AMF Awards on the afternoon of Sunday 14th October, in the Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London. We are most grateful to the panel of distinguished judges, who generously gave up their time to help young Australian musicians studying overseas:

Yvonne Kenny AM - soprano, Chairman of the Panel (non-voting), Chairman AMF UK
Grant Doyle - baritone (Royal Opera House, Opera North, Garsington Opera) 
Anthony Legge- conductor and vocal coach (Glyndebourne, ENO, Opera Australia)
Linnhe Robertson - AMF Trustee (Artistic and Research Consultant for Opera & Voice, GSMD)                                
Patrick Savage - violin (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tippett String Quartet)
Stephen Savage- piano (Soloist, recording artist, piano tutor RNCM) 

We are delighted to announce the names of the 2018 AMF AWARDEES

Samantha Clarke, soprano (GSMD) - AMF Nora Goodridge Emerging Artist Award   

Rachel Siu, cello (Juilliard School) - AMF Nora Goodridge Young Artist Award     

Victoria Wong, violin (Hans Eisler School, Berlin) - AMF Award

Waynne Kwon, cello (RNCM) - AMF Award and winner of the new AMF Audience Prize

 David Soo, piano (GSMD) - AMF Award

Courtney Cleary, violin (Juilliard School) - AMF Guy Parsons Award, donated by the Portland House Foundation in honour of one of AMF’s founding Trustees

Zoe Drummond, soprano (GSMD) - AMF Award

Rohan Dasika, double bass (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt) - AMF Award

Robbin Reza, piano (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln, Germany) - AMF UK Trustees Award

We are most grateful to all our AMF donors, particularly Nora Goodridge, the Portland House Foundation, David Constable and Ida Lichter, without whom these awards would not be possible.

Emily Sun wins 2018 ABC Young Performer Award in Sydney

Many congratulations to violinist Emily Sun (pictured), former AMF Guy Parsons and Nora Goodridge Awardee, who won the 2018 ABC Young Performers  Award in the Finals at the Sydney Opera House on 14th July. Emily’s prize included $105,000 in cash, numerous professional engagements and the ABC Classic FM Artist in Residence Prize

Four recent AMF Awardees took part in the semi-finals of the ABC Young Performers Award in Sydney on16th and17th July: Waynne Kwon, cello (current AMF Guy Parsons Awardee), Andrey Lebedev, guitar, Emily Sun, violin and Victoria Wong, violin. Read the full story in the Limelight Magazine article below.…/violinist-emily-sun…/

AMF Awardee Oscar Jiang gives Melbourne Recital

AMF Awardee, pianist Oscar Jiang, gave a recital of Chopin, Schubert, Szymanowski and Liszt for the Austral Salon of Music on 27th August, at St. Peters Church, East Melbourne. Photo shows Oscar after the concert with AMF Trustee Damien Boyle from Monash Academy of Performing Arts, and Prof Peter Tregear, Chairman of AMF Australia Foundation. Over the summer break, Oscar took part in the Hanoi International Piano Festival in Vietnam, and he will shortly return to New York to begin the third year of his BMus at the Juilliard School, where he has been supported by AMF for the past 2 years.

Waynne Kwon wins RNCM Gold Medal

Many congratulations to current AMF Guy Parsons Awardee, cellist Waynne Kwon, who is one of the winners of this year's RNCM Gold Medal.
RNCM Principal, Professor Linda Merrick, said: "The RNCM’s much-coveted Gold Medal celebrates exceptional performance and composition by students at the College. Each year the competition is extremely high and 2018 was no exception. The overall standard was absolutely exceptional and everyone who competed, especially the four winners, should be very proud of their achievement."

Waynne has been supported by the AMF for the last two years of his BMus, and will return to the RNCM as a postgraduate in September.

AMF Spring Showcase, 14th March 2018

Many thanks to all who attended the AMF Spring Showcase on Wednesday 14th March in the Downer Room at Australia House, and to our awardees Samantha Clarke (soprano), Eilidh Young (snare drum), Victoria Wong (violin), Oscar Jiang (piano) and Waynne Kwon (cello) for their wonderful performances. We are also very grateful to our sponsors McGuigan Wines, and to the office of the Agent General for Western Australia for providing Little Creatures pale ale. Catering was by Standby Chef.

Photo by Matthew Murphy shows AMF Life President Richard Bonynge with AMF Awardees after the performance. 

Alumnus Chris Williams wins Composition Prize of the Australian International Chopin Competition

Composer Chris Williams is an AMF Alumnus from 2011 and recently moved back to London. In 2017 he composed the music for the critically acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company production of 'Cloud Nine' and won the Composition Prize of the Australian International Chopin Competition with his piece 'Toccare'. Chris has also recently been invited to write a new work for the Gaudeamus Music Week in the Netherlands. 
Photo credit: Hayden Shepherd