Plexus wins Contemporary Masters Award

Melbourne Recital Centre is thrilled to announce the next Contemporary Masters Award has been awarded to Melbourne ensemble Plexus.

Plexus brings together the talents of three of Melbourne’s most vibrant and versatile musicians, Monica Curro (violin), Philip Arkinstall (clarinet), and Stefan Cassomenos (piano). In their winning performance they performed the world premiere of Gordon Kerry’s The End of Many Worlds and were joined by tenor Christopher Saunders.

It is with the generosity of Stephen McIntyre AM, that Melbourne Recital Centre is able to recognise the finest performance of repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Contemporary Masters Performance Award is open to all artists (individuals and ensembles) who perform at the Melbourne Recital Centre throughout the year.

Nominees for the first half of 2014 included Forest Collective, Stefan Cassomenos & Judith Dosworth, Aura Go, Cosmo Cosmolino and Wilma & Friends. The difficult task of selecting the winner was taken on by a stellar Award Panel including Margaret Farren-Price, Colin Golvan, Mary Doumany, Mary Vallentine, Kirsten Siddle. The judging criteria covered technique and intonation, musicianship, ensemble work, ability to engage the audience and complexity and difficulty of piece. And it was Plexus alongside Christopher Saunders, that met and exceeded all the criteria. They have been awarded a $1000 cash prize.

Continue following our news articles to hear the of the next round’s nominees for the latter half of 2014!