Strike A Chord Finalists plus Novice Section and First Round Winners Announced 

Congratulations and thank you to the 119 groups (445 students) who entered the Strike A Chord championship this year. The jurors and Strike A Chord team were all very impressed with everyone's performances and the passion for chamber music demonstrated across the board.

We would like to give a special thanks to our first-round jury, Amir Farid and Helen Ayres as well as our jury from the Novice Section Anna Pokorny and Dr. Rob McWilliams. Thanks also go to our many supporters. Visit our partners page to see the full list of those who help to make this competition possible. 

Tickets for the Grand Final in Melbourne on Saturday 27 August are on sale now here. You can also tune in via the free livestream – register here. Join us and support the future of chamber music.  

Without further ado, the finalists and winners are: 

Strike a Chord Finalists

Congratulations to all the finalists. See them all in action at the Strike A Chord Grand Final on Saturday 27 August at the Melbourne Recital Centre. In-person tickets are now on sale here or register for a free livestream ticket here.

 

GROUP NAME

INSTRUMENTATION

TOWN 

Amazon Trio

Clarinet, Cello, Piano

Sydney, NSW

Bajeshka Piano Quartet

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano

Sydney, NSW

Domi

Flute, Oboe, Cello

Melbourne, VIC

Esperanza

8 Voices

Adelaide, SA

Esplanade Trio

Violin, Cello, Piano

Melbourne, VIC

Finesse Quartet

4 x Violins

Perth, WA

The IncrediBows

2 Violin, Viola, Cello

Brisbane, QLD

JPMS Ensemble Volante

4 x Percussion

Brisbane, QLD

Open School Winther Quartet

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano

Canberra, ACT

Piccolo String Quartet

2 Violin, Viola, Cello

Sydney, NSW

Pier String Quartet

2 Violin, Viola, Cello

Sydney, NSW

Trio Bellissimo

Violin, Cello, Piano

Brisbane, QLD


MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE REGIONAL PRIZE

Orange Regional Conservatorium Horn Trio
Orange NSW


3MBS PRIZE

Esplanade Trio
Melbourne VIC

Domi
Melbourne VIC


AMEB EMERGING ENSEMBLE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD

St. George Brass Band Junior Quartet                             
Sydney NSW


INNOVATION AWARD

Bluebell String Quartet +1
Canberra ACT


AUSTRALIAN MUSIC PRIZE

Esplanade Trio
Melbourne VIC


SPIRIT OF CHAMBER MUSIC PRIZE

Quartet 701
Melbourne VIC


YAMAHA WOODWIND PRIZE

Sydney Grammar School Senior Quintet
Sydney NSW

The Goossens Geese
Sydney NSW

Ensemble Fontegara
Sunshine Coast QLD

Men In Black
Melbourne VIC

Balwyn High School Senior Flute Ensemble
Melbourne VIC


YAMAHA KEYBOARD PRIZE

Staccato Piano Trio
Perth WA

Cranbrook Piano Trio
Sydney NSW

Bedriska
Melbourne VIC

MLC School 40 Fingers
Sydney NSW

Sturt St Trio
Melbourne VIC


YAMAHA BRASS PRIZE

Darwin High School Brass Quartet
Darwin NT

Orange Regional Conservatorium Wind Trio
Orange NSW


AUSTA STRING PRIZE

String Theory
Perth WA

DmiTrio
Brisbane QLD

JAYS Quartet
Melbourne VIC

The Schwammerl Quintet
Sydney NSW


PERCUSSION PRIZE

Desmosedici
Brisbane QLD

Tavullia
Brisbane QLD

JPMS Ensemble Sonore
Brisbane QLD


MIXED ENSEMBLE PRIZE

The Henley Flute Quartet
Melbourne VIC

Young Conservatorium Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Chamber Ensemble
Brisbane QLD

St Andrew’s Cathedral School Trio
Sydney NSW


JUNIOR PRIZE

Krumlov Trio
Melbourne VIC

Serenade Trio
Perth WA

Sydney Grammar School Year 9 Piano Quintet
Sydney NSW

GROUP NAME

INSTRUMENTATION

TOWN

STATE

YAMAHA
FIRST PRIZE

Darwin High School Saxophone Trio

Alto, Tenor, Baritone saxophone

Darwin

NT

YAMAHA SECOND PRIZE

Amethyst String Quartet

2 Violin, Viola, Cello

Rockhampton

QLD

YAMAHA THIRD PRIZE

Pitchless Firewood

2 Clarinets, Bassoon

Mt Isa

QLD

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Dollars and Cents

3 x Alto saxophones

Mt Isa

QLD

Resistance Quartet

2 Violin, Viola, Cello

Mt Isa

QLD

Sapphire String Quartet

2 Violin, Viola, Cello

Rockhampton

QLD

Treble Makers

2 x Violin, Viola

Mt Isa

QLD

Turquoise String Quartet

2 Violin, Viola, Cello

Rockhampton

QLD

"I’m personally thrilled with the diverse mix of wind, string, piano, percussion and vocal groups represented in our 119 entries from all across Australia, and by the incredibly high quality of the playing and singing. It’s exciting to hear these polished and enthusiastic performances from our young musicians and I think finals weekend will be a cracker.” - Wilma Smith, Artistic Director of Competitions at Musica Viva 

2022 Strike A Chord Teachers' Conference 

The Strike A Chord Teachers' Conference will also return for one day at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance, Monash University, Melbourne on Sunday 28 August. Presenters are announced and Registrations are now open. Learn more.

Resources & Information

CASH AND DEVELOPMENT PRIZES

2022 Prizes & Awards

A total prize pool worth over $40,000, comprising of cash and professional development prizes being awarded at all stages of the competition.

MEET THE JUDGES

2022 Jury

Meet the jurors announced for Strike A Chord's First Round and Novice Section

LEARN ABOUT CHAMBER MUSIC

What is Chamber Music?

Traditionally, chamber music was written for a small group of musicians playing in a modest and intimate setting such as a home.

FINDING A PIECE TO PLAY

Finding Repertoire

Read our guide on finding repertoire to help you choose the right piece to play and where to find sheet music.

TIPS FOR RECORDING YOUR ENTRY VIDEOS

Recording Your Videos

Watch our webinar with ABC Classic's Digital Producer, Matthew Lorenzon for some tips and tricks.

GOT A QUESTION?

Frequently Asked Questions

We answer all of your burning questions about Strike A Chord.

Major Partners:

Strike A Chord would like to thank our many supporters. Visit our partners page to see the full list of those who help to make this competition possible.