ANAM Prizewinners Concert #1


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)


The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) trains the best up-and-coming artists from Australia and New Zealand.

Each year ANAM awards several prizes to its most outstanding musicians. This concert features three of the major prize winners from 2020: Alexander Meagher (percussion), Jennifer Yu (piano) and Ruby Shirres (viola).

About this concert

A delightful trio of major prize-winning artists from the country’s top music institution showcase their solo and ensemble music-making skills in a concert of technically demanding works. The eclectic program includes John Psathas’s dark and brooding percussion and piano duet Fragment and the tranquil masterpiece Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake by Chinese composer Lü Wencheng, inspired by the beautiful scenery of the West Lake in Hangzhou. Wencheng’s folk song contrasts with Luciano Berio’s Naturale, which fuses the recorded voice of a Sicilian folk singer with daring instrumental music. Nestled among these highlights are Australian composer Michael Kieran Harvey’s Toccata DNA and Graeme Leak’s I Love Jazz – two contemporary and cutting-edge pieces that highlight the artists’ position as rising stars. Support young musicians whose mature performances of classical works defy their years and rival Australia’s finest.

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Ruby Shirres viola
Jennifer Yu piano
Alexander Meagher percussion


Michael Kieran Harvey
Toccata DNA

Luciano Berio

John Psathas

Graeme Leak
I Love Jazz

Lü Wencheng
Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake