Fine Music 102.5 seeking young Australian composers for invaluable award

Fine Music 102.5, in association with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir – is proud to support a new generation of Australian composers with the annual Fine Music 102.5 Young Composer Award which is now open.

Each year Fine Music 102.5 in collaboration with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, offers young composers up to the age of 30 years, the opportunity to enter an original composition set to a theme for the prospect of winning generous prizes including $5,000 and a world premiere performance for the winning original entry.

Fine Music Chair, Janine Burrus says; “This is a unique opportunity for young people to have their composition recognised, broadcast and performed by a full orchestra and to gain the experience of working directly with a conductor and professional musicians.

Fine Music is committed in its support of emerging musicians and composers through offering these invaluable development opportunities and awards programs,” says Ms Burrus.

This year’s composition challenge: A CLARINET CONCERTO. 

The composition must use the following instrumentation:

  • 2 Flutes (2nd may double Piccolo)

  • 2 Oboes (2nd may double Cor Anglais)

  • 2 Bassoons

  • 3 French Horns in F

  • 2 Bb Trumpets, Timpani and Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass)


The instrumentation is based on one of the other works in the program – Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, op. 73.

The winner from 2015 was Sydney Conservatorium of Music student Solomon Franks with his piece Spectre performed by the Willoughby Symphony under the baton of Stephen Mould. 

Fine Music 102.5 gratefully acknowledge APRA|AMCOS for its support of this competition allowing opportunities for emerging composers entering the Australian music community and also the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

Applications close: Friday 15 July 2016, 5pm

You’ll find application forms with terms and conditions here.