Young Virtuoso Awards 2023

The 2023 5mbs Young Virtuoso Awards

National YVA Finals

Jenny Su, the 5mbs winner, took part in the 2023 National final.

The National Final of the 2023 Young Virtuoso of the Year Award was held at the 4MBS Classic FM Performance Studio in Brisbane on Friday 17 November.

The five extremely talented finalists all performed brilliantly, each wowing the audience in the intimate venue.

The lineup began with alto saxophonist Tom Lowe, (representing 3MBS), classical guitarist Connor White (representing ArtSound FM), violinist Ein Na (representing 4MBS), violinist Teresa Yang (representing 2MBS), and pianist Jenny Su (representing 5MBS).

Adjudicators Associate Professor Michele Walsh and Mr Mark Hooper shared that they faced an incredibly tough decision, but awarded the $5000 prize to 14-year-old violinist Ein Na from Brisbane.

Well done to all the young performers, who should feel very proud of their achievements!

Photo of national YVA finalists 2023

5mbs WINNER!!

The 5mbs Young Virtuoso Award concert was held at 2:30, Sunday afternoon 22nd October at St John’s Anglican Church, Halifax Street, Adelaide.

Jenny Su with Nicholas Braithwaite
Jenny Su with Nicholas Braithwaite

Congratulations to pianist Jenny Su on winning the South Australian Young Virtuoso Award grand prize!

Jenny gave a polished performance of two Preludes from Szymanowski’s Op. 1 and followed that with a beautifully atmospheric rendition of Ravel’s “Ondine” from Gaspard de la nuit.

You can now view the Award concert here.


Why we hold the YVA

The Young Virtuoso Awards program is an initiative of Music Broadcasting Society community radio stations in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia which make up the Australian Fine Music Network. It is part of the commitment of 5MBS as a community radio station to the development of live music and musicians in Adelaide.

Eight contestants are chosen from the best of the Adelaide Eisteddfod finalists, who then perform in a formal concert setting for prizes in four categories: piano, string, wind and voice.

The overall winner of the Young Virtuoso Awards is chosen from the winners of each section.

Through this program, 5mbs encourages young South Australian musicians in their development as budding professionals, in their artistic development and in helping them to reach for the pinnacle of their abilities.

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Photo of Nicholas Braithwaite

Many thanks to  Nicholas Braithwaite, Conductor Laureate of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, who presented the prizes to the winners.

The 2023 finalists: (

Jenny Su
Shawn Hui

Phillipa McAuliffe (harp)
Tim Tran (viola)

James Skelton (clarinet)
Alexander Byrne (flute)

Callum McGing
Millicent Brake

Download the Conditions for contestants

National Award

An overall winner will be selected from the winners of each section and will be eligable to take part in the National final competition.

Sponsor an award!

If you wish to sponsor a prize, please email the manager at 5mbs. Your sponsorship will be acknowledged on the website and our Facebook and Instagram accounts, unless you wish to remain anonymous. If you have a business which you wish to have named as the sponsor, your business logo with a link to your website will be used.

All donations over $2 are tax-deductable. Donate here (choose the option “Make a one-off donation” from the list). All donations are helpful, as the event has other costs than the prize money! Thank you for your support.

2023 prizes:

Four Section prizes of $750 each
Overall winner of $2,000

Current Sponsors:

Anonymous donor: Overall winner prize

“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” Plato

“The only truth is music.” Jack Kerouac

Adjudicators for 2023

Photo of Pelham Andrews
Pelham Andrews (bass) – Voice.

Photo of Heidi van Bernewitz
Heidi Von Bernewitz – string

Photo of Dean Newcomb
Dean Newcomb (clarinet) – Wind
Photo of Michael Ierace
Michael Ierace – Piano

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