Young musicians scoop prestigious awards

Four talented young musicians have been given a big career boost thanks to the NZSO players-administered Alex Lindsay Awards.

Alex Lindsay Winners 2020

Violinists Olivia McNeill, 23, from Auckland and Diane Huh, 23, from Christchurch, have each won a $2600 Alex Lindsay Award.

Olivia, an NZSO National Youth Orchestra member for nine years, will use her award prize towards her first year of study for a Master of Music at the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen in Germany, beginning next month. 

Diane, an NZSO National Youth Orchestra member and NZSO Fellowship Programme participant, will travel to Europe next year and audition for postgraduate programmes. 

Auckland flautist Yune-Sang Yune, 23, is the recipient of the $1200 Giese Flute Grant. Yune-Sang will study for a Master of Music at the Folkwang Universität der Künst, Essen in Germany, beginning next year. The award for a promising young New Zealand flautist was established in 2015 in memory of former NZSO Principal Flute, Richard Giese.

Christchurch violist Caroline Norman, who has led the NZSO National Youth Orchestra viola section and performed as a casual player with the NZSO,  is the $2600 Michael Monaghan Award winner. The award was established in 2016 after the NZSO First Violinist who passed away in 1996. 

Caroline will use the award prize for a second year of study towards a Master of Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 

“There was a very high standard of applicants for our awards this year, the final decisions weren't easy,” says Alex Lindsay Award Trust chairperson NZSO Section Principal Flute Bridget Douglas. 

“These four fine young musicians have already made a big contribution to musical life in New Zealand and we're glad to be able to support them to continue their studies on their instruments. We hope that we'll see them all back playing professionally in New Zealand one day.”

Many previous recipients of the Alex Lindsay Award are members of professional orchestras in New Zealand and overseas.

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