Development Prize Winners

Determining the NZ and Australian Development Prize Winners

The winner of the 2013 NZ and Australian Development Prizes are identified at the conclusion of the Selection Round by the Preliminary Panel. The winners are identified directly after the application round assessment as the New Zealander and Australian that received the highest score, but who is not selected as a semi-finalist.

Benjamin Baker, New Zealand. Photo: Supplied.
New Zealand Development Prize Winner
With the support of John Boscawen and Jane Dyke
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Born
1990, Wellington

Musical Education
Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal College of Music

Principal Teachers
Natasha Boyarsky

Awards
First Prize Royal Overseas League String Competition (2012), Second Prize Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition (2011)

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“He boasts an impressive technique that he harnesses with accomplishment in order to communicate his individual personality.”

– Mark Messenger, Head of String Faculty, Royal College of Music

James Dong, Australia. Photo: Supplied.
Australian Development Prize Winner
With the support of Peter Diessl
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Born
1992, New South Wales

Musical Education
Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Principal Teachers
Ole Bohn

Awards
First Prize Kendall National Violin Competition (2012); Second Prize Gisborne International Violin Competition (2011); First Prize 2012 Gisborne International Music Competition

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“A performer of charisma and intent and a violinist who has already achieved significant national success.”

– Goetz Richter, Associate Professor, Sydney Conservatorium


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