Howard Sleath in 1974

Current string students are invited to apply for the 2017 Sleath String Performance Prize.

The prize competition will be held on Sunday 14 May 2017. Depending on the number of applications, there may be a preliminary competition held before this date.

About the Prize

Howard Fortnam Sleath (1899-1984) was well-known to instrumentalists throughout Australia for the excellence of his craftsmanship and skill as a maker of stringed instruments. In 1974 he donated a set of four instruments (two violins, a viola and a cello) to The University of Queensland Department of Music.

Following his death, the University of Queensland received a bequest from Howard Sleath to assist the study of stringed instruments played with a bow. The annual Sleath String Performance Prize is one of the activities funded from that bequest.