Meet the contestants


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Jenny Su

Jenny, a recent Bachelor of Music (Advanced) graduate, is currently pursuing an Honours degree in Classical Performance under the guidance of Lucinda Collins. She received the Wilf Mader Memorial Medallion in 2021 and won the Senior division during both of her attending years, specifically in 2021 and 2023. Jenny has also been a recipient of multiple scholarships, including the Maude Harriot Scholarship for Piano, the Patrick Cecil Greenland Scholarship for Pianoforte, the Daisy Burmeister Salotti Scholarship for Piano forte and the Jack De Vos Scholarship. Jenny has attended masterclasses with renowned pianists including Paavali Jumpannen, Stephan Kovacevich and Phillip Moll. Notable performances include the Art of Possible Festival and PianoLab, where she performed the work of Chopin and the Australian Showcase for the Sydney International Piano Competition. In August, Jenny collaborated with Stephen King and Helen Ayres for the AGSA Ruby Festival as well as the Lunch Hour Series in September, performing Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor. 

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Shawn Hui


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Philippa McAuliffe

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Tim Tran


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James Skelton

James is a Year 11 student at Trinity College, Gawler. He studies piano with Monika Laczofy OAM and clarinet with Darren Skelton. In 2019, James performed with an International Youth Orchestra in London’s Royal Festival Hall; he has been a member of AdYO and in 2022 was Principal Clarinet in the Australian Youth Orchestra “Young Symphonists”. James won the 2022 Metropolitan Male Choir Scholarship and the 2023 Lobethal Harmony Club Instrumental Scholarship. He won the Gabor Reeves Woodwind Medallion at both the 2021 and 2022 Adelaide Eisteddfods. Additionally, as first prize winner in the Concerto Competition, he was presented with the USO Medallion. He won the MTSA “Grace Barbara Turner Award for Excellence in Performance” in both 2022 and 2023. James performed as soloist for the 2023 Recitals Australia Lunch Hour Concerts in May (accompanied by Jamie Cock) and won First Prize (Berenice Harrison Award) in the series finale event in July. James recently achieved his L.Mus.A Diploma (Clarinet) and is currently working towards his A.Mus.A (Piano). James studied Year 12 Solo Performance and Ensemble Performance in 2022 while still a Year 10 student at Trinity College, resulting in a SACE Merit Award in both subjects and hopes to continue his music studies in London upon finishing school.

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