The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has this week announced the 13 young musicians to take part in their 2018 Fellowship academy training program.
Selected from over 200 applicants from Australia and New Zealand, the 2018 fellows will immerse themselves in the day-to-day workings of the Sydney Symphony - with the goal of gaining the training and experience needed to secure a full-time position in a professional orchestra.
The 2018 Sydney Symphony Orchestra fellows are:
- 22 year old violinist Tobias Aan
- 25 year old violinist Rollin Zhao
- 19 year old violist Justin Julian
- 28 year old cellist Daniel Pini
- 29 year old double bassist Alanna Jones
- 28 year old flutist Rachel Howie
- 23 year old clarinetist Magdalenna Krstevska
- 21 year old oboist Eve Osborn
- 23 year old trumpeter Jenna Smith
- 24 year old trombonist Amanda Tillett
- 24 year old french hornist Aidan Gabriels
- 23 year old percussionist Sami Butler
The musicians will receive a $30,000 scholarship, a one year apprenticeship performing with the ensemble, participation in SSO touring programs, education and outreach activities - and a comprehensive program of professional training, masterclasses and lessons with SSO musicians and guest soloists on excerpt preparation, relationship management, wellness and stage craft.
"For 17 years the SSO Fellowship has provided young musicians with the tools they need to pursue professional careers," Fellowship Artistic Director Roger Benedict has said.
"Participating in the program ensures that these musicians will emerge job-ready," he said.