News from Theme & Variations Foundation
This year we publicised the awards to all conservatoria in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and ACT, inviting applications for assistance from our foundation. Applications closed on October 17 and our auditions took place on November 23. We had six finalists each to play a thirty-minute program for an independent artistic assessment panel chaired by Professor Michael Brimer, together with Ms Natalia Sheludiakova and Dr Christine Logan.
We are pleased to announce three awards each in the amount of six thousand dollars.
Our award winners as follows:
Pavle Cajic is twenty, currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He is planning a career as a solo/chamber pianist and composer. He plans on applying the award to assist in covering costs for overseas study in Germany and Europe, and for international competition entry fees.
Sabina Im is twenty-four, has been studying in Sydney and recently in London. She is planning her career as a solo performer, chamber musician and accompanist. She plans on using her award to further her studies in London.
Alex Raineri is twenty one, studying in Brisbane and in Melbourne. His career plans include solo and chamber music, specialising in contemporary music. He is one of the founding members of the ensemble Kupka’s Piano. He plans on using his award to assist with three overseas projects over the next two years – the first early in the 2015 in Brussels, London and Manchester and Graz; the second mid-year in fort Worth, New Haven, San Diego and North Adams in the USA; the third in 2016 in Cleveland and Darmstadt.