This event marks the tenth anniversary of the passing of violinist Richard Pollett. We pay tribute to his life and legacy through a special concert performance and announcement of the winner of the 2021 Richard Pollett Memorial Award. 


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In association with the Australian Youth Orchestra, the award will be presented by Professor Deborah Terry AO, Vice- Chancellor and President, The University of Queensland. Richard was dedicated to life itself, with music just one avenue for him to explore the world around him in all its beauty, subtlety, grandeur, and complexity. UQ musicians, family and friends will perform together in a tribute to Richard and celebrate the success of the young musicians who have held scholarships and awards in his name. The program will focus on Richard’s legacy, through performances of works written in his honour, and works with special significance to the young musician. Richard Pollett will long be remembered as a young violinist and musician of extraordinary depth. This together with his unique personality of intelligence, warmth and humility will remain forever. Richard’s life was tragically cut short at the age of 25 but the legacy of his many solo performances with orchestras and in particular the memory of his winning performance of the Symphony Australia’s 2010 Young Performers Awards will remain for ever. Richard touched many through his playing and his person and was an inspiration to all who knew and heard him.


About 2021 Live from UQ

The School of Music is proud to present a series of virtual and in-person concerts involving our performance and academic staff together with current and past UQ students, ensembles in residence, and affiliate ensembles . If you would like to receive regular updates on School of Music events, consider signing up to our Friends of Music Newsletter.

We are excited to offer this - and all livestreamed concerts - to our entire community free of charge. However, we hope you will consider making a gift to the Friends of Music Scholarship Fund, which supports our student musicians.

In 2021 the Live from UQ series will seat a total of 60 live audience members and will be livestreamed through our YouTube and social media platforms. Audiences must register to attend concerts in-person. 

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