Young Virtuoso Awards

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 2022 Young Virtuoso Awards

When: 2:30, Sunday afternoon 23rd October.
Where: St John’s Anglican Church, Halifax Street, Adelaide.
Admission: $20; #15 5mbs members or concession; 10 children under 12
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Latest news!  

The Eisteddfod finals have been held and the YVA contestants will be announced soon!


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

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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:

Overall winner:$2,000

Current Sponsors:

Size Music – sponsoring the Instrumental prize.

National Final 2022

It’s been confirmed that this year, the National YVA final event will go ahead after a few years’ gap because of the COVID pandemic. 

It will be held on Sunday 20 November at the Good Shepherd Chapel, Abbotsford, Melbourne.

“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

Adjudicators for 2022:

Konstantin Shamray

Described as an exhilarating performer with faultless technique and fearless command of the piano, Australian based pianist Konstantin Shamray enjoys performing on an international level with the world’s leading orchestras and concert presenters.

In 2008, Konstantin burst onto the concert scene when he won First Prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition. He is the first and only competitor to date in the 40 years of the competition to win both First and People’s Choice Prizes, in addition to six other prizes. He then went on to win First Prize at the 2011 Klavier Olympiade in Bad Kissingen, Germany, and, he was awarded the festival’s coveted Luitpold Prize for “outstanding musical achievements”.

Since then, Konstantin performs extensively throughout the world. In Australia recent and future season highlights include engagements with the Queensland Symphony, West Australian Symphony and twice with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra who he enjoys a special relationship with.  In May Konstantin undertook a prestigious nationwide tour for Musica Viva with players of ANAM directed by Sophie Rowell.  Outside of Australia he has performed with the Russian National Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestre National de Lyon, Prague Philharmonia, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic.

Chamber music plays a strong role in Konstantin’s musical career and collaborations include tours with the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Piano Quartet, Kristof Barati, Andreas Brantelid and Li Wei Qin.  Konstantin enjoyed his debut collaboration with the Southern Cross Soloists recently, and, he also enjoys regular appearances at the Adelaide Festival, International Piano Series in Adelaide, the Melbourne Recital Centre and Ukaria Cultural Centre.  Further afield, Konstantin has enjoyed critical acclaim at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the Bochum Festival in Germany, the Mariinsky International Piano Festival and the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg.

Celia Craig

Founder of recording label Artaria, winner of WinnovationSA Arts Award 2020, an elected Associate Royal Academy of Music since 1997, Celia Craig was awarded Exhibitions, Chamber Music Prize, Advanced and Licentiate Diplomas by the UK’s oldest music conservatoire and was a national finalist in Australian Women in Music Awards 2021.

Celia has experienced sound and colour synesthesia since infancy. Trained at Kent Junior Music School by Bela de Csillery, a pupil of both Kodaly and Hindemith, Scholar at The Purcell School, she was invited to the 1990 Pacific Music Festival in Japan under personal tuition with Leonard Bernstein.

As an elite orchestral player, Celia has toured to five continents, regularly recorded at Abbey Road and played for the Royal Family, was elected as Chairman of BBC Symphony Orchestra, London, working closely with John Adams, Haitink, Boulez and numerous world-renowned soloists during The Proms and on tour in South America. Celia was appointed Principal Oboe, Adelaide Symphony 2011-2018 and has also worked with Melbourne, Sydney, New Zealand and Malaysian Symphony Orchestras as a guest artist.

Master of The Queens Music, Judith Weir CBE, dedicated Celia her Oboe Concerto, while Lord Michael Berkeley dedicated his duo concerto for cor anglais and viola, Tristessa. 

Celia’s three solo recordings, the latest with Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray, were awarded  4.5 stars by Limelight and 5 stars by The Weekend Australian. Her debut album was nominated for Album of the year by Native DSD, Amsterdam.

Currently Resident Artist, National Trust of South Australia, Celia curates special concerts in heritage properties including the founding Homestead of South Australia, Collingrove, and in other historically significant buildings as well as for private commissions.

She has developed a Junior Oboe program through Seymour College and a national primary schools program on synesthesia with Musica Viva in Schools: Colours of Home.

Carl Crossin

Carl Crossin OAM is an Australian choral conductor, educator and composer. He is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Adelaide. He was director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music in the University of Adelaide in 2010-14.

Carl founded the Adelaide Chamber Singers in 1985, and as director he has toured with them to Britain, Europe, North America and South-East Asia, won several awards for performance and CD recordings, and represented Australia in international choral and music education symposia and festivals. As well, Carl and the Adelaide Chamber Singers have embarked on a program of commissioning and presenting new choral music.

Over his career, Carl has conducted the Adelaide Symphony Chorus, the Intervarsity Choral Festival, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Melbourne Chorale and Gondwana Chorale.

In recent years, Crossin has turned to composition, mostly for voices, and his choral works have been performed not only by a number of Australian and international ensembles.

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