Young Virtuoso Awards

The 5mbs Young Virtuoso Awards

The Young Virtuoso Awards program is part of the commitment of community radio station 5mbs 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 three categories: piano, instrumental and voice.

The overall winner of the Young Virtuoso Awards is chosen from the three 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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The event was live-streamed and can be viewed below.

The 2022 Young Virtuoso Awards 

When: 2:30, Sunday afternoon 23rd October.
Where: St John’s Anglican Church, Halifax Street, Adelaide.

Photo of Nicholas Braithwaite

Many thanks to  Nicholas Braithwaite, Conductor Laureate of the Adelaide Symphonly Orchestra, for presenting the prizes to the winners.

Contestants for the SA YVA were:

Philippa McAuliffe Harp
Connor Whyte Guitar
James Skelton Clarinet
Tim Tran Viola
Shawn Hui Piano
Nicky Poznak Piano
Macintyre Howie-Reeves Voice
Gianna Guttilla Voice
More information about them all here.



Prizes were offered in three categories: Instrumental; Vocal; Piano
An overall winner was selected from the winners of each section.

Sponsor the 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.

2022 prizes:

Vocal: $750
Instrumental: $750
Piano: $750
Overall winner: $2,000

Current Sponsors:

Size Music – sponsoring the Instrumental prize.

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

National YVA Finals!

Held Sunday 20th November

Good Shepherd Chapel Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne. 2pm (AEDT)

The winners of the 2022 National mbs Young Virtuoso Awards are:

Anna Gao (piano, VIC) – winner, pictured receiving her award from Dr Kenji Fujimura, Chair of the judging panel and
Ronan Apcar (piano, ACT) – second prize, pictured in the background.

Congratulations to all five state finalists (including violist Tim Tran from SA)  who took part. The standard was high and gave the judges a hard time!

The event was digitally streamed with access available for up to one week after the event.

Check the the 3mbs National YVA website: for details of how to book Digital tickets: $20 

Winners of the SA YVA

Photo of Nicholas Braithwaite, Tim Tran and Christopher Stone

The winner of the Instrumental Section and Overall winner of the 5mbs Young Virtuoso Award for 2022 was violist Tim Tran. Nicholas Braithwaite presented the prize.

Tim gave a breathtaking performance of Max Reger’s monumental Suite No.1 in G minor Op. 131d for solo viola.

Nicholas Braithwaite with Gianna Guttilla

Soprano Gianna Guttilla and pianist Shawn Hui won the Vocal And Piano prizes respectively.

Congratulations to the winners and also to all the contestants, who provided and afternoon’s music of exceptionally high standard.

The whole event can be viewed from the link on this page, which will remain live for a few weeks.

Adjudicators for 2022:

Many thanks to our adjudicators for this year’s Young Virtuoso Award:

Konstantin Shamray


Celia Craig


Carl Crossin


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