The prize competition finalilsts will consist of Alison Paris, Amanda Pang, Celine Chong and Daniel Chiou. 

Soprano Alison Paris is currently completing her fourth year at The University of Queensland School of Music, majoring in classical voice under the tutelage of Sarah Crane. Operatic repertoire includes the chorus in La Traviata, various roles in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. She has also performed as a soloist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and covered the soprano solo in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony and Vaughn-Williams’ Donna Nobis Pacem. Earlier this year, she was the soprano soloist in the Faure Requiem in QPAC alongside UQ’s Chorale and Symphony Orchestra.

Alison has also performed with a variety of choirs in both Singapore and Brisbane. Performances have included Bach’s B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. In March this year, Alison and several of her peers and teachers travelled to China to perform Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra.

1) Ier dalla fabrica a Triana from Conchita- Zandonai

2) Ach, ich Fühl's from Die Zauberflöte- Mozart

3) Depuis le jour from Louise- Charpentier


Brisbane-born Chinese pianist Amanda Pang is currently completing a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree at the University of Queensland. She is a fourth-year student majoring in extended piano performance under the tutelage of Dr Max Olding. Winner of the Donald Tugby Piano Performance Prize, the Accompanists Guild of Queensland Piano Accompaniment Prize, and the Burnett William Wendorff Memorial Prize, Amanda enjoys performing a balance between solo and chamber repertoire. In 2017, Amanda performed in a piano duo and a quintet; both were finalists in the 4MBS Musica Viva Sid Page Prize for Chamber Music. Additionally, Amanda has had masterclasses with Piers Lane, Sergio Tiempo, and Ammiel Bushakevitz. Most recently, she was a state finalist in the Young Virtuoso of the Year Award.



Having received his Associate Diploma (AmusA) at the age of 15, Daniel Chiou has since been collaborating with musicians and ensembles from ANAM (Australian National Academy of Music), Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) for music festivals and concerts. Daniel regularly performs with the Pulse Chamber Orchestra and the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra as principal cellist, which holds great connections with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra in China, where Daniel has been invited to perform at their mid-year concert in 2017. Daniel has been a finalist in several competitions held at the University of Queensland, including the Pollett Strings Prize, Sleath Strings Prize and the 4MBS Chamber Prize. He is currently in his third year at UQ, studying a Bachelor of Music (honours) degree, under the tutelage of cello master Patrick Murphy. Daniel also teaches at a number of schools and studios, including the Dalseno String Studio where the internationally acclaimed Orava Quartet hold their residency.



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