Whitworth Roach Classical Music Performance Competition: Apply now!

Tuesday 18 July 2017

The Australian National University is delighted to present the Whitworth Roach Classical Music Performance Competition to be awarded in 2017 at the School of Music, 21-22 September.

The Competition is open to all current ANU students studying a discipline at the undergraduate or postgraduate level (domestic or international), enrolled in a course of study in the year of the Competition.

Repertoire for the Competition must be music composed during the period 1615-1915.

In addition to a prize-pool of $20,000, the supporting endowment generously donated by Ms Christine Roach also makes provision for the ANU School of Music to invite a musician or musicians of international acclaim to visit the university in the week of the competition each year. The musician/s will contribute to the educational and outreach programmes of the School as well as act as competition judges and also perform.

We are proud to welcome Graeme Jennings and Michael Harvey for the Competition, as both guest artists and adjudicators.

The competition will be held Thursday 21 and Friday 22 Spetember 2017.

Entry is open to all ANU students (please read the rules and regulations), applications open online from 14 July to 26 August 2017.

For more information including the rules and regulations document and how to apply:


The judges for the competition, Graeme Jennings and Michael Kieran Harvey will perfrom on the evening of Friday 22 September, in the Larry Sitsky Room, ANU School of Music. Tickets: Full $20, $Concession $15 and Student $10 (ANU School of Music Students free).

Graeme Jennings

Graeme Jennings is a former member of the legendary Arditti String Quartet. He has toured widely throughout the world, made more than 70 CDs, given over 300 premières and received numerous accolades, including the prestigious Siemens Prize and two Gramophone awards. Active as a soloist, chamber musician, ensemble leader and conductor, his repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez and beyond. He has also performed as Guest Concertmaster of the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and Guest Associate Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony. An alumnus of the Queensland Conservatorium, he was awarded the Conservatorium Medal in 1989 and has received two Australia Council grants. 

Michael Kieran Harvey

Michael Kieran Harvey is an Australian pianist whose career has been notable for its diversity and wide repertoire. He is renowned for commissioning and performing new music, and he has written works himself. He has especially promoted the works of Australian composers, such as Carl Vine, all of whose piano music he has recorded and much of which was written for him. He is also particularly associated with the piano music of Olivier Messiaen. Michael studied piano at the Canberra School of Music with Alan Jenkins, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Gordon Watson, and at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, under Sándor Falvai. He regularly appears as soloist with Australian symphony orchestras.

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