achievement and potential
The Allen-Evans Scholarship is the premier award of the Australian Cello Awards. The 'Allen-Evans' recognises both the achievements and performance potential of an Australian or New Zealand cellist aged between 18 and 30 years.
In these inaugural 2014 Australian Cello Awards, the recipient of the Allen-Evans will receive the Allen-Evans Scholarship and a suite of prizes and opportunities.
The Allen-Evans will be awarded at the Australian Cello Awards concert to be held at the Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music on 30 March 2014.
The Allen-Evans Scholarship – a valuable legacy
The Allen-Evans Scholarship was established through a generous bequest by sisters Mary Allen and Betty Evans. Mary Allen became a client of Gridiger Lawyers when her only son died. Following the death of her husband she devoted herself to supporting the community.
Mary had watched Roland Gridiger develop the Marianne Mathy Scholarship, which became the foundation of the Australian Singing Competition, a competition for young opera and classical singers. As a philanthropist Mary Allen became a prize giver of The Australian Singing Competition.
She introduced Roland to her sister Betty Evans. Betty bequeathed funds to establish a prize for a cellist and following Betty's death Mary also decided to support the prize for a cellist.
With the help of cellist and educator John Painter AM rules for the awarding of the Allen-Evans Scholarship were established.
The Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd. (MOST®) then further developed the Allen-Evans Scholarship as a competition for young Australian and New Zealand cellists, leading to the establishment of the Australian Cello Awards.
Investing in our cultural future by supporting young cellists
If you are interested in making a bequest, legacy scholarship or programme, the Australian Cello Awards can provide fantastic opportunities for you to support our next generation of cellists.
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The premier award of the Australian Cello Awards, the recipient of the Allen-Evans will receive this limited edition statue, designed by artist Drago Cherina and hand cast in solid bronze.
Mary Allen and
The Allen-Evans was made possible by the bequests of sisters Mary Allen (top) and Betty Evans (bottom).
It is through such foresight and generosity that the Australian Cello Awards are able to assist the next generations of artistic talent.
The cello is an instrument that inspires. The Australian Cello Awards is a new event helping to discover the many reasons why so many people love the cello!