Soloist Competition

The orchestra also showcases young soloists and composers. The AYO Soloist Competition offers existing orchestra members the chance to compete for a concerto appearance with the orchestra. There are also generous monetary prizes with a first prize of $2,000 and a further $4,000 for other categories.

The orchestra accompanied Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in her youth and, more recently, John Chen and Amitai Pati (Sol3MIO and Lexus Song Quest winner, 2012).


Past Competition Winners

2021    Damon Herlihy-O'Brien - Kabalevsky, Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor
2020   Kiara Kong - Bassi/Verdi, Fantaisie Brillante on Themes from Rigoletto (Clarinet)
2019    Ricky Shi - Weber, Bassoon Concerto in F Major, Op. 75
2018    Jacob Webster - Mouquet, La Flute de Pan
2017    Anna Cooper - Nielsen, Flute Concerto
2016    Noah Rudd - Anthony Ritchie, Cartoon: Fantasy for Oboe
2015    Eva Ding - Chen Yi, The Golden Flute
2014    Jacky Siu - Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No.1
2013    Jim Wu - Bruch, Violin Concerto
2012    Olivia Francis - Beethoven, Violin Concerto
2011    Albee Ai - Mozart, Bassoon Concerto in Bflat, K.191