Concert 3 2022

Youth Concerto Competition

The Finalists For the 2022 Youth Concerto Competition

Date: Sunday 4th September 2022
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre

Conductor: Gerald Keuneman OAM
Compere: Phillip Sametz
Adjudicator: Emma Sullivan

Thank you to all the wonderful musicians who auditioned for the PSO Youth Concerto Competition 2022. The standard was very high, across a very broad range of instruments and repertoire.

This year we were delighted to have Phillip Sametz as compère and Emma Sullivan as the competition adjudicator.

The finalists who will play at the concert on Sunday 4 September are:

Dillon Chan
Chopin Piano Concerto no 2 in F minor, 1st movement

Ben Fu
Prokofiev Concerto no 3, 1st movement

Yuro Lee
Mendelssohn Violin concerto in E minor, Op. 64, 1st movement

Jamie Miles
Clarke Viola Sonata (arr for orchestra by Ruth Lomon), 1st movement

Louise Turnball
Dvořák Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53, 1st movement

Maggie Wang
Haydn C major Cello Concerto, 1st movement

Please scroll down to view biographies!


$30 Adults
$15 Concession
$5 Children under 12

Tickets are available from the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre box office at the door and online at:

The Youth Concerto Competition is sponsored by:

About The Contestants

Dillon Chan – Piano

Ben Fu – Piano

Yuro Lee – Violin

Jamie Miles – Viola

Louise Turnball – Violin

Maggie Wang – Cello

Emma Sullivan

Emma Sullivan – photo by Agatha Yim, Polyphonic Pictures

Melbourne musician and educator Dr Emma Sullivan is the principal double bassist of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and a regular casual musician with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is thrilled to be on contract with MSO for the 2022 season. As a chamber musician, Emma has had the privilege of performing with such ensembles as the Australian Octet, Melbourne Chamber Players and Inventi Ensemble and at festivals including Music by the Springs and Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. As a soloist, Emma has presented recitals at a range of Melbourne venues and was Artist-in-Residence at Tempo Rubato for March 2022.

Emma also enjoys writing about music and is a contributor to online music magazine, Cut Common. A passionate educator, Emma relishes the opportunity to share her love of the double bass with her students. She is the proud founder of Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School Double Bass Day, which brings together bass students and educators from across Victoria, and Women in Bass, which celebrates female and gender diverse bass players.

Emma’s playing and pedagogy is informed and inspired by her double bass colleagues, teachers and mentors, especially Michael Morgan, Jeff Bradetich and Thierry Barbé

Phillip Sametz

Phillip Sametz – photo by Pia Johnson

Phillip Sametz has spent his working life advocating for music and musicians – in print, online, on air, on stage and as tour leader.

In 2021 and 2022 he has led six tours for Renaissance Tours, taking groups to – among other cultural events – the Adelaide Festival, the Coriole Music Festival in South Australia’s McLaren Vale and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville.

His annotations and articles appear regularly in the program books and web pages of the Australian symphony orchestras, Victorian Opera, State Opera of South Australia and the Melbourne Recital Centre. His history of the Sydney Symphony, Play On!, was published by ABC Books. He is currently programs editor for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

On ABC Classic FM, between 2008 and 2017, he presented The Past and the Curious, Screen Sounds, Sunday Recital and Classic Breakfast, as well as many documentaries and concert broadcasts. Since 2019, he has helped mentor aspiring music professionals as tutor for the Words About Music course at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s annual National Music Camp.

See the list of previous competition winners

Read about the 2019 Competition