Australian Cello Awards - Winner

2014 Winner

Yelian He (Australia)

Yelian He Winner 2014 Australian Cello Awards

Yelian He


Yelian He on YouTube

Allen-Evans Scholarship
Haas Award
Kitty Fischer Prize
ING Group Video Prize
Shane Rozario Photography Prize
The 'Allen-Evans' (statuette)

Sydney Symphony Prize

MOST® Audience Prize 

For complete description of prizes go to Prizes & Opportunities

Awards Concert Repertoire

Peter Sculthorpe 
Threnody (for solo cello; 1991/2)

Felix Mendelssohn 
Sonata No.2 in D major, Op.58 (for cello and piano; 1843)

David Popper 
Elfentanz Op.39, 'Dance of the Elves' (for cello and piano; 1881)

Born in Shanghai, after embracing the cello Yelian He migrated to Australia to pursue his love of music. Yelian has been the laureate of many competitions and the recipient of multiple prizes with his duo pianist Yasmin Rowe, including the coveted Winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition String Finals; Winner of the Tunnell Trust Award; Kirckman Concert Society Award and the Australian Music Foundation Award to name a few. He was invited in 2013 to give a masterclass at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

2013 Australian Cello Awards Semi-Finalist - Yelian He2013 Australian Cello Awards Semi-Finalist - Yelian He

Yelian toured Australia and took part in the 2011 CHOGM in Perth, where he debuted with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in the CHOGM Gala Concert performing Haydn’s D major Cello Concerto. He returned to Australia on tour again to in 2014 performing in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. 

Yelian is honoured to have been presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 at an exclusive reception at Buckingham Palace for outstanding Australians in the UK - one of the biggest highlights of his life was the opportunity to shake hands with film celebrity Hugh Jackman at this function (after gathering his nerves!). In 2013 he was invited again to perform in a private concert for the Queen and her Commonwealth guests.

As a committed orchestral cellist, Yelian has been Guest Principal Cellist of orchestras around the world including the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and he has also worked with the Philharmonia, Hallé and Melbourne Symphony orchestras.

In his spare time, Yelian has a passionate interest in computers and gadgets, Wing Chun, MOBA gaming, sound engineering, design and implementation of websites as well as a bit of marketing and branding.

2014 marks the 137th birthday of Yelian’s cello – made by Hungarian luthier Adolphus Monnig in 1877. "If I were to give the cello a name, I would call it Anya; it was sold to me by a friend I’ve known for a long time – in fact he won the Symphony Australia’s Young Performers Award on it!"

Yelian He with Yasmine Rowe
Yelian He with 2014 Australian Cello Award

Photo credits: Lauren Bamford (top); unknown (bottom).

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2014 Finalists

Yelian He

Edward King

Ruben Palma


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.


Spreading the word 

The Australian Cello Awards are about aiming to recognise outstanding talent and potential.

In this, our inaugural year, the ACA are also about 'spreading the word' to help us find the many gifted young cellists from Australia and New Zealand – wherever they may be.

Whether you are a music teacher, conservatory director, university lecturer or simply anyone who supports the next generation of cellists – you too can 'spread the word' about this exciting new competition.

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