The Music Council of Australia and Freedman Foundation have announced the four finalists for the prestigious MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music for 2013. The winner will be announced on October 15, 2013. The finalists are:
LINA ANDONOVSKA (FLUTE) Australian flautist Lina Andonovska divides her time between the UK and Australia, having completed projects funded by the Australian Council for the Arts and the Ian Potter Foundation to study and perform in London in 2011. Most recently, Lina was co-principal flute with the Southbank Sinfonia (UK). Lina was an Australian National Academy of Music scholarship holder in 2010. Prior to that, she attained a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the Australian National University. As a passionate performer of new music, Lina has worked with world-renowned composers Louis Andriessen, Brett Dean, Andrew Ford, Anthony Pateras and Larry Sitsky.
In addition to an active chamber music and solo career, Lina Andonovska frequently plays with Australia’s major orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and most recently the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the UK. Early in 2011 Lina travelled to East Timor where she assisted in a community outreach project that brought different music-making skills to children living in remote rural communities. Lina has studied intensively with Michael Cox, Wissam Boustany, Margaret Crawford, Virginia Taylor and Vernon Hill. Lina has been announced as a fellow at the Australian National Academy of Music and an Australia Council JUMP mentee for 2013.
ZANE BANKS (GUITAR, COMPOSER) Winner of an ABC Limelight Award for Best Newcomer (2011), Zane Banks has been described as an ‘expert’ of the guitar (The American Record Guide), ‘a young virtuoso’ (The Australian) and ‘an outstanding young Australian artist’ (Limelight Magazine). Banks is considered one of the most versatile guitarists of his generation having performed in Europe, Asia and in his native Australia. He studied classical guitar with Gregory Pikler, Philip Houghton and Aleksandr Tsiboulsk as well as jazz guitar with Steve Brien and gained his Bachelor of Music (Performance) Honours Class 1 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
From 2005-2009, Zane worked extensively with composer Georges Lentz as a technical assistant during the time Mr Lentz was composing Ingwe from 'Mysterium' ("Caeli entrant..." VII), a sixty minute work for unaccompanied electric guitar. Zane gave the world premiere of this composition at the Rainy Days Festival for Contemporary Art Music in Luxembourg in 2007. In 2011, Zane performed on electric guitar with Ensemble Offspring for the Australian premier of Fausto Romitelli’s Professor Bad Trip: Lesson I, II, III and in 2012 he toured with Ensemble Offspring performing in their New Radicals program. Also in 2012 he performed on electric guitar with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and The Australian Ballet Company for the world premiere of Brett Dean’s ballet Fire Music: The Narrative of Nothing. In 2013 Zane performed and presented at a TED Conference in Sydney, Australia.
BRADLEY KUNDA (CLASSICAL GUITARIST) Australian classical guitarist Bradley Kunda has been lauded as ‘among the best of his generation of world-class performers.’ As a member of the Brew Guitar Duo, and Australia's leading guitar quartet Guitar Trek, Bradley has premiered new works by Australian composers including Peter Sculthorpe, Robert Davidson, Marc Isaacs and Richard Charlton.
As a soloist and chamber musician, his performances have included concerts at the Córdoba International Guitar Festival, the Project Canción Española, the Nikšić International Guitar Festival, the Canberra International Music Festival, the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music, the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, and the Darwin International Guitar Festival.
As a composer and arranger, Bradley has been featured in ABC Classic FM’s Young Australian Composers series celebrating “Australian Music Month.” His guitar works have been finalist entries in the 3rd International Australian Guitar Composition Competition, and the ASME Young Composers’ Awards.
His prizes include first place in the Fifth International Competition “Festival de Córdoba”, and the audience prize in the Nikšić International Guitar Competition. In 2012, Bradley completed his doctoral studies in guitar performance at the Australian National University, where he was mentored by eminent guitarist and pedagogue, Timothy Kain. Bradley is a Professional Teaching Fellow at the Australian National University School of Music and an academic at the University of Newcastle, School of Creative Arts.
LOUISE MCKAY (CELLIST) Perth-born cellist Louise McKay joined the West Australian Symphony Orchestra as the Associate Principal Cellist in 2011. She also performs as a chamber musician with various ensembles and in programs such as ABC Classic FM’s Sunday Live. Louise received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Elder Conservatorium of Music at Adelaide University (2007) where she studied with Janis Laurs and she was a member of the Australian National Academy of Music during 2004 and 2008. Louise held the prestigious title of Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2007 and toured the East coast of Australia with ACO2 that year.
In 2008, Louise performed two consecutive seasons with the Australian Ballet Company as part of "Jerome Robbins - a Celebration". In 2007, she took the first prize in the Geelong Advertiser Music Competition and has also won prizes in the Australian Concerto Competition (2005), Allan’s Music Award (2007) and the Beta Sigma Phi Music Award (2006). Her performances were honoured with the title "Best Recital" by Recitals Australia in 2005 and 2007 and she gratefully accepted the inaugural Kamala Khurana scholarship by Adelaide University to attend the 2006 Prague Spring International Cello Competition
The judges for 2013 are three distinguished members of Australia’s classical music community: Dr Karl Kramer, Tamara Cislowska and Ian Mun.
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