Winners of the 2023 Concerto Competition

Multiples Section

Nicole Wang and Isabelle Teo - Bottesini Gran Duo for Violin and Double Bass

KPO Player's Award

Hayley Lau, Viola - Paganini Sonata Per La Grand Viola

Barbara Cran Award

Clara Moloney - Elgar Cello Concerto

Barbara Robinson Award

Teresa Yang - Korngold Violin Concerto

Overall Winner

Hayley Lau - Paganini Grand Sonata for Viola

Dates for 2024

  • Registrations open: 1 December 2023
  • Registrations close: 10pm Monday 4 March 2024
  • Submission of recordings close: 10pm Monday 11 March 2024
  • Stage 1, recorded auditions adjudicated: Sunday 24 March 2024
  • Stage 2, semi-finals: Sunday 7 April from 11am to 6pm - venue to be confirmed
  • Stage 3, finals concert: Sunday 30 June 3pm at The Concourse, Chatswood.

Finals Concert Details Here

How to Enter the Competition


  • Overall Winner: $5000 + engagement to perform with the KPO during the following year
  • Barbara Cran Award: $1,000
  • Barbara Robinson Award: $1,000
  • The Multiples competition section is held every two years. There is no Multiple section in 2024
  • Perpetual Cups: awarded to the schools of the overall winner, Barbara Robinson award winner and the Barbara Cran award winner
  • KPO Award: $500 to best performer during rehearsals with the orchestra (KPO players’ choice)
  • All finalists with receive $250


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If you have any questions regarding your participation in the Concerto Competition please email the Concerto Competition Committee.

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About the Competition
The NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition is a prestigious classical music competition for secondary school students in NSW and the ACT.
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History of the Competition
The competition, first known as the KPO Concerto Competition, was conceived in 1984, when two Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) players, Barbara Cran and Barbara Robinson proposed the idea of rewarding local music students, who were in secondary school and taking their music seriously, by providing them with the opportunity to play a concerto with an orchestra (the KPO).
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Past Winners
A comprehensive list of the winners and finalists in The Competition.
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What people say about the competition
"I would like to first of all thank you all for being such dedicated musicians. It is great to see such a strong musical community supporting the youngsters of the musical world through The Concerto Competition."
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