2014 National Youth Concerto Competition

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About the competition 

The National Youth Concerto Competition (NYCC) is recognised as the most prestigious competition in Australia for string soloists aged up to 17 years. It was established by Queensland Youth Orchestras in 1976 to encourage the development of young Australian string players.

For the first round of the competition, each applicant records and submits a CD of audition works to be judged by a panel of professional musicians. Up to three finalists and four recitalists are then invited to Brisbane to take part in the NYCC Finals Week from 5 to 12 October 2014.

The finalists compete for the first prize with their chosen concerto (preferably performed from memory) in the public NYCC finals concert titled String Sensations. The concert takes place in Brisbane on Sunday 12 October and soloists perform with the Queensland Youth Symphony (QYS) conducted by John Curro AM MBE.

The recitalists are invited to perform a minimum of three public recitals in Brisbane and to join the Queensland Youth Symphony as orchestra members for the concerto rehearsals and the finals concert.

Download your the 2014 Application Form here



In addition to the performance opportunities during NYCC Finals Week, the following prize money is allocated:

Winner:  $3,000

Other Finalists:  $1,000         

Prizes will not be awarded if the judges consider that the finalists are not of the required standard. The judges’ decisions are final.

“The actual being there on stage with all the pressures of performance is something that can’t be practiced at home. It was this, my first experience of ‘high wire’ concerto performing under the inspired baton of John Curro, that made the National Youth Concerto Competition an essential part of my musical education.”

- Richard Tognetti, leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, 1980 National Youth Concerto Competition winner 

Additional Information

All finalists and recitalists are required to reside in Brisbane during the entire NYCC Finals Week (5 to 12 October 2014). Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO) provides a return airfare, and accommodation with a host family for finalists and recitalists where necessary. QYO cannot pay for additional airline costs for instruments that airlines consider oversize, e.g. cellos and basses. While accommodation is not provided for family members of finalists or recitalists, QYO can recommend hotels near the rehearsal venue, the Old Museum Building in Bowen Hills.

QYO provides an accompanist for all recitals, including one rehearsal for each finalist and recitalist.

All finalists must perform at least one public recital in addition to their solo concerto performance. The recitals are not an eliminating round and will not be judged, but failure to give a recital will disqualify a finalist from the finals concert.

For additional enquiries, please contact the NYCC Coordinator, Eva Mowry Lewis: Ph: (07) 3257 1191, Email: info@qyo.org.au


2013 NYCC Winner: Josephine Chung


2013 Finalists and Recitalists


Josephine Chung, NSW, Violin
Bruch Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major Opus 46

Lily Higson-Spence, QLD, Violin
Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor Opus 22

Sam Lucas, QLD, Cello
Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor Opus 104, B. 191



Jasmine Jin, QLD, Violin

Tim Yu, VIC, Violin