Australian Cello Awards - Finals: Awards Concert

Awards Concert: 2014


"It's very exciting that we're having an international cello competition in Sydney, with focus on assisting the careers of young Australian and New Zealand cellists."

Catherine Hewgill, Principal Cellist
Sydney Symphony Orchestra


After months of auditions and performances in Sydney and London — the 2014 Awards Concert of the inaugural Australian Cello Awards.

Three (3) exceptional cellists:

Yelian He (Australia)
Edward King (New Zealand) and
Ruben Palma (Australia)

took center stage to perform a selection of works for solo cello and for cello with piano accompaniment. Distinguished guest artists included pianists Phillip Shovk, Maria Mo and Yasmin Rowe.

An impressive selection of works was performed, including selections by: 

Brett Dean
Alberto Ginastera
Felix Mendelssohn
David Popper
Francis Poulenc
Franz Schubert
Peter Schulthorpe

"A selection of works bound to impress cello aficionados as well as those at the beginning of their love affair with this fine instrument."

John Painter AM
Cellist and ACA Adjudication Chair

With a total prize value exceeding AUD $60,000, the stakes were certainly high, but the goal of the Australian Cello Awards (ACA) is not just to provide cash prizes and awards. The ACA also seeks to provide invaluable professional introductions and opportunities to help young cellists embark on a career or further accelerate their development as an orchestral cellist, chamber music artist or soloist.

Broadcast rights for this landmark event were secured by one of Australia’s leading specialists in classical music, Fine Music 102.5, who streamed the event live.

In attendance were some of the finest cellists and classical musicians from our region as the 2014 Finalists performed to a full house at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

The 'Allen-Evans'

The Allen-Evans is the premier award of the Australian Cello Awards. It recognises both the achievements and performance potential of an Australian or New Zealand cellist aged between 18 and 30 years. 

In this 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 Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music in March 2014.


Awards Concert

30th March 2014

Verbrugghen Hall

Sydney Conservatorium
of Music

Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW

The Allen-Evans Statue

The 'Allen-Evans'

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.

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