Con Musicians In Running For Top Award

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21 October 2009



Two of the three musicians vying for the title of Australia’s best young performer are from The Con.

Violinist Ji Won Kim, 24, and Oboist David Papp, 24, each won through three rounds of specialist

competition to gain a place in the grand final of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of

the Year Award, which will be decided tomorrow night in Adelaide.

The competition, now in its 66th year, is acknowledged as the nation’s most prestigious individual

musical award. It has been the launch-pad for many successful music careers, including Simon

Tedeschi, Roger Woodward, Adele Anthony, Diana Doherty and Ian Munro.

Kim, from Kingsford, will play Sibelius’s Violin Concerto and Papp, from North Sydney, will play

Martinu’s Oboe Concerto. It is the second year in a row that Kim has been a finalist in the strings

section of the competition.

They will be accompanied by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of James Judd,

at the Festival Theatre.

Kim is studying at The Con under Associate Professor Alice Waten, who is considered one of

Australia’s pre-eminent international music teachers, having taught at distinguished institutions

around the globe and mentored dozens of successful Australian artists in a 36 year career.

A graduate with high distinctions from the Vienna Hochschule and the University of Melbourne, Kim 

earlier this year won The Con’s Student Concerto Competition and performed Mozart’s D major

K218 with the Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra in September under the baton of Maestro  Imre


Papp completed a Bachelor of Music, Performance from The Con in 2008, having attained top marks

in both oboe and piano at the Conservatorium High School in 2001 aged 17.

Papp, a winner of the Sydney Symphony Fellowship and a recent appointment to the position of 2nd

Oboe with the Sydney Symphony, last year performed with The Con Orchestra at the pre-Beijing

Olympic Games festival called Musicathalon. 

“We are extremely proud of Ji Won and David. Making it through to the last three of this

distinguished competition is truly a wonderful achievement,” said Dean and Principal of The Con,

Professor Kim Walker.

“They are both amazing talents and this opportunity to perform at the pinnacle of this competition is

a tribute to their hard work, dedication and passion for music.”

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The third grand finalist is Bo An Lu, 15, from Perth, who will play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1.

The concert will be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM and feature on ABC 1’s Sunday Arts program

next month.

Media inquiries to Scott Saunders, SCM, 93511298 or Graham Cassidy, Cato Counsel,

0419 202317

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