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The Music Council of Australia and the Freedman Foundation have announced flautist Lina Andonovska the winner of the 2013 MCA Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music. Lina was one of four incredibly talented young musicians including Zane Banks, Bradley Kunda and Louise McKay, who vied for this prestigious award.

Finalists for 2013 MCA/Freedman Classical Music Fellowship Announced PDF Print E-mail

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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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Freedman Jazz 2013: Finalists Announced PDF Print E-mail

Freedman Fellowships LogoFreedman Jazz returns to The Studio at the Sydney Opera House on August 5 when four of Australia’s hottest jazz musicians and their bands will compete in a musical shoot-out for the $15,000 cash Freedman Jazz Fellowship.

Date: Monday 5 August, 2013

Venue: Sydney Opera House

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The Freedman Jazz concert has become the highlight of the jazz calendar with the four finalists in the usually sold out concert vying for this prestigious fellowship. The finalists this year include one of Australia’s most exciting pianists Marc Hannaford; New York based drummer Rajiv Jayaweera; Sydney guitarist and winner of the 2007 National Jazz Guitar Awards Aaron Flower; and 2009 winner of the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, saxophonist Jeremy Rose.

Inaugurated in 2001, the Freedman Music Fellowships, administered by the Music Council of Australia, offer a unique opportunity for some of Australia’s most talented musicians to further their careers internationally. There are two prizes of $15,000 cash for a Jazz and a Classical musician.

The judges for 2013 are three of Australia’s most respected jazz musicians: Andrew Robson, Tim Firth, and Alister Spence.


Marc Hannaford (Piano, Melbourne) is known as one of the exciting improvising pianists in Australia. His multi-faceted and energetic music combines elements of the American and Australian jazz traditions, South Indian classical music and Flamenco. Marc has released four CDs under his own name and his work has been recognised with awards and nominations.

Rajiv Jayaweera (Drummer, New York based) was born in London of Sri Lankan heritage but grew up in Melbourne. He moved to New York in 2011 to do his Masters in Jazz Studies where he studied with Professor John Riley. He regularly performs at Birdland Jazz Club with The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band and has travelled widely performing at jazz festivals and playing with musicians such as Cyrille Aimee, the Kenny Werner Trio, Gilad Hekselman and Chris Cheek.

Aaron Flower (Guitar, Sydney) is a regular on the Sydney music scene and has performed with jazz greats both here and overseas and in 2007 he won the National Jazz Guitar Award. He plays and records with bands including his own, BAZ, whose last album was shortlisted for the Jazz Bell Award in 2011. That same year he started Yum Yum Tree Records a collective and label which aims to promote music from 2003 – 2010.

Jeremy Rose (Saxophone, Sydney) has played the saxophone at major festivals around Australia, as well as performances in Japan, Norway and Canada. He has studied with top artists around the world and released nine albums of original music with his various projects. He is becoming increasingly known as a composer for ensembles such as Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic, Sirens Big Band and Compass Quartet.

Established in 1998 by Laurence and Kathy Freedman, The Freedman Foundation also supports visual artists, Australian youth projects, scientific and medical research.


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The MCA Freedman Fellowships Program was inaugurated in 2001, a joint initiative of the Music Council of Australia and the Freedman Foundation. Two Fellowships are awarded annually, one to a classical instrumentalist, and one to a jazz musician. Each Fellowship is worth $15,000 as well as ongoing support from the Music Council of Australia.

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The manager for the Fellowship program is Jo Smith. Jo is an experienced manager and film producer. She is the executive of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers and has organised the Screen Music Awards, the Johnny Dennis Music Awards for nine years and the Australian Screen Directors Awards for four. Guest speakers have included Sydney Pollack, Wim Wenders and Peter Weir.