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Strike a Chord mentorship prize

Passing on knowledge and experience to the next generation hrough coaching and collaboration is a core commitment for Sutherland Trio.

About Strike a Chord


Strike a Chord is Australia's national chamber music competition for high school students and is facilitated by Musica Viva Australia. Chamber music ensembles of between three and eight players in any vocal or instrumental combination performing music that is 'classical' in style may enter.


About the Sutherland Trio Mentorship Prize


Sutherland Trio offers a 12 month mentorship as part of the Strike a Chord competition to a piano trio that shows commitment and potential to take their ensemble to the next level. 

The prize includes coaching sessions, unlimited access to any Sutherland Trio rehearsals, and a collaborative performance with Sutherland Trio.  
 The inaugural prize was presented to Amogus Trio from Queensland in 2021. In 2022 and 2023 the mentorship prize was awarded to Esplanade Trio who all attended the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. As part of their prize, Esplanade Trio will observe Sutherland Trio rehearse and will also receive sustained coaching and mentoring sessions culminating in two concerts in partnership with Sutherland Trio. Esplanade Trio will also perform a new work by a University of Melbourne composition student. 

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Esplanade Trio - Winners 2022/23

Esplanade Trio - 2022/23 

Formed in 2021 under the tutelage of Josephine Vains, the Esplanade trio is made up of three equally driven friends who studied at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. As a group, Sophia, Arjun and Caitlin strive to communicate their musical ideas and connect with their audiences through their performances. Last year they performed at the 2022 Strike a Chord Finals, winning several awards (including the Sutherland Trio mentorship prize) and performed as guest artists at the Herald Sun Aria Competition. Most recently, the trio participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra Chamber Players in February and are currently mentored by the Sutherland Trio. Other Australian ensembles have been a great source of inspiration and guidance for them, including Firebird Trio, Ensemble Liason and Bernaud Trio. Sophia and Arjun are studying for a Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Caitlin is studying for a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne. 

                      Amogus Trio -  2021/22

Named after an internet meme, Amogus Trio was formed in March of 2021, and went on to win the 1st Prize at the Musica Viva Strike A Chord National Chamber Music Competition in the same year. The trio currently consists of Jeremy Sun (piano), Joshua Jones (cello) and Lili Stephens (violin). They enjoy performing a eclectic repertoire and in 2022 are invited to perform in a joint concert with the Sutherland Trio in Melbourne.

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