This year we publicised the awards to all conservatoria in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and ACT, inviting applications for assistance from our foundation.
Applications closed on October 2 and were reviewed by our independent artistic assessment panel of Professor Michael Brimer, Professor John Luxton and Roland Peelman AM.
The Theme & Variations Foundation is pleased to announce its 2020 award recipients, Joy Chen and Jake Cheong. Because of COVID-19, our assessment panel had to rely on video recordings rather than our usual requirement of live performances. However, the talent of our successful applicants came through.
Our panel was impressed by the commitment and musicianship in the programs of both pianists, commenting on their great clarity and technique, while demonstrating musical imagination.