Concerto Competition Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2023 NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition:

Sharon Zhao, Violin - Sibelius Violin Concerto Op 47 in D minor
Clara Moloney, Cello - Elgar Cello Concerto Op 85 in E minor

Hayley Lau, Viola - Paganini Sonata Per La Grand Viola
Sean Weatherley, Violin - Chausson Poème Op 25
Teresa Yang, Violin - Korngold Violin Concerto in D Major Op 35
Titan Sclavenitis, French Horn - Strauss Horn Concerto No 1 Op 11 in E-flat minor

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

The adjudicators also wished to give high commendation to:
Raymond Wang
Nicole Wang
Cloris Xu

Ewan Odenthal
Gabrielle Zhong
David Lin

The adjudicators were:
Aiko Goto
Rosamund Plummer
Gerard Willems

Dates for 2023

  • Registrations open: 1 December 2022
  • Registrations close: 10 pm Wednesday 1 March 2023
  • Submission of recordings close: 10:00pm Monday 6 March 2023
  • Stage 1, auditions: Sunday 19 March 2023
  • Stage 2, semi-finals and multiples: Sunday 2 April from 11am to 6pm - venue to be confirmed
  • Stage 3, finals concert: Sunday 25 June 3pm at The Concourse, Chatswood.

Finals Concert Details Here


  • Overall Winner: $5000 + engagement to perform with the KPO during the following year
  • Barbara Cran Award: $1,000
  • Barbara Robinson Award: $1,000
  • Multiples prize: $500
  • 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 $200


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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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