About the Award

Alex Lindsay

Alex Lindsay

Alex Lindsay Award

The Alex Lindsay Award, which is a registered charitable trust, was founded in memory of former New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Alex Lindsay, who died in 1974.

Since its inception in 1975, the Alex Lindsay Award has granted funds in excess of $200,000. Previous winners have included Wilma Smith, Donald Armstrong, Ashley Brown, Martin Riseley and Alexa Still.

In 2000, the trustees introduced the NZSO National Youth Orchestra Special Prize. It is awarded each year to an outstanding member of the NZSO NYO who demonstrates performance excellence and potential. The winner is chosen by the trustees after consultation with the NYO Conductor, the Education Manager and NZSO principals.


Giese Flute Grant


Richard Giese

A new grant for a promising young NZ flutist, in memory of former NZSO Principal Flute, Richard Giese, will be awarded annually from 2015. The Giese Flute Grant is administered by the Alex Lindsay Award Trustees, all current NZSO players.

You are eligible to apply for the Giese Flute Grant if:

You play the flute

You are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident

You are under the age of 25 on 30 September 2016

You will be required to submit a written application that includes information regarding your future study plans and aspirations as a musician. No recording is required.

Two written references must also be included in the application. Application forms are available now from the Secretary of the Alex Lindsay Award: alex.lindsay.award@gmail.com

Applications close on 31 July 2016

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