About the Award

For over 35 years the Young Virtuoso Award has supported young musicians with career-boosting performance and broadcast opportunities. The award serves as a valuable learning experience and excellent preparation for aspiring young musicians.


  1. The first prize is a solo performance opportunity with the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a Rising Star feature interview in Limelight Magazine and $3000 cash.
  2. Second prize is $1000
  3. Third prize is $500


We invite applications from instrumentalists up to the age of 25 years (on 31 December 2023). Applicants must be Australian citizens, with a principal residence in New South Wales.

Please note, applicants must be available to participate in the Young Virtuoso Awards state finals on Sunday 22 October. Applicants must also be available to attend the National Fine Music Network Award finals, which will be held in Brisbane on Friday 17 November.

Application Guidelines

Instrumentation – all strings, wind/brass/percussion, and piano.

Applications open Friday 1 September and close at 5pm on Friday 29 September. Applications submitted after the close date will not be considered.

Applicants are required to submit an audition video with a total maximum duration of ten (10) minutes and file size upto 800MB. The audition video must be one continuous recording of the applicant performing their chosen audition piece, without any form of editing or other manipulation applied.

Applicants must provide the details, including score, of the work performed in the audition.