The CMA Young Artist Award

The inaugural CMA Young Artist Award was launched by Chamber Music Adelaide in July 2018 to support emerging South Australian classical artists. The CMA Young Artist Award provides a cash prize and professional performance opportunities for early career classical instrumentalists and vocalists, supported by generous South Australian philanthropists, our CMA Champions.

Three outstanding young artists were the finalists for the 2018 award. They performed before the judging panel and an audience of friends, family and music lovers. The three outstanding young finalists were Anna Freer (violin), Charlotte Kelso (mezzo soprano) and Aiden Sullivan (viola)

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Anna Freer - Violin

Charlotte Kelso - mezzo soprano

Aiden Sullivan - viola

Nicholas Braithwaite, Chair of the judging panel remarked on the importance of awards such as this to early career artists, providing not only a cash prize of $3000 but also invaluable professional performance opportunities. He went on to say all three young finalists had shown remarkable skill and maturity in their performance and it had not been an easy task for the judging panel to choose a winner. He congratulated all three and announced viola player, Aiden Sullivan, as the inaugural CMA Young Artist.

CMA warmly congratulates Aiden and thanks all three of the finalists for their outstanding performances. You can download a program from the finals concert and view some happy iPhone snaps in our Facebook album, CMA Young Artist Award 2018.

Chamber Music Adelaide is delighted the the CMA Young Artist Award has been selected for support by Creative Partnerships Australia Plus1 campaign. This means CPA will match all donations to the CMA Public Donation Fund, however large or small, from October 2018 to support the CMA Young Artist Award dollar for dollar for a limited period of time. A donation of $200 is worth $400 to the young artist award and, $500 is worth $1000 and so on. With your support CMA can double our money to support young artists now and into the future.

To champion this Award for early career classical instrumentalists and vocalists please donate to CMA Public Donation Fund and help us double our money to support young artists, now and into the future. Click on the button below to donate.  


The CMA Young Artist Award is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through its Plus 1 Program.