Yelian He (29 year-old Australian cellist currently based in Manchester) yesterday won the inaugural Australian Cello Awards. He was one of three exceptional young cellists who were flown to Sydney to compete for the Awards. Each of the cellists performed a selection of major works with accompanists including renowned pianist Phillip Shovk.
Yelian was the winner of the major prize: the Allen-Evans Scholarship which includes the Haas Award, Kitty Fischer Prize, ING Group Video Prize, Shane Rozario Photography Prize and a valuable statuette the “Allen-Evans”. He also won the MOST Audience Prize. Total combined value of these awards is in excess of $40,000 and is intended to assist in study and career development.
Ruben Palma (24 year-old Australian cellist currently based in Germany) was awarded the ROSL Arts Scholarship and Willoughby Symphony Prize.
Edward King (23 year-old New Zealand cellist currently based in Germany) was awarded the Nelly Apt Scholarship, Canberra Symphony Prize and the Universal Music Prize.
The distinguished panel of adjudicators were John Painter AM, Catherine Hewgill, Susan Blake, Goetz Richter, Benjamin Schwartz and Nathan Waks.
The goal of the Australian Cello Awards is to provide cash prizes and awards to Australian and New Zealand entrants, invaluable professional introductions and opportunities to help young cellists embark on a career or further accelerate their development as an orchestral cellist, chamber music artist or soloist.
The official broadcast partner for this landmark event is Fine Music 102.5. The Awards Concert was broadcast live from 3pm to 6:30pm on Sunday 30 March 2014.
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