Competitions, Eisteddfodau, Scholarships and Awards

Major Awards and Scholarships Include:

Borletti Buitoni Trust – Award 2011

Gerda Lissner Foundation Second Prize – New York City, April 2011

Solti Foundation Award 2008-9

Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship 2006-7

Opus 50 Scholarship 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011.

Kirkmann Concert Society prizewinner – 2010

Hope Scott Trust Award 2008, 2011.

YCAT – Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists winner 2006

Musical Society Of Victoria’s Lim Kooy Yaw Traveling Scholarship for 2005-2006.

Australian Arts Council Grant – Skills and Development 2004-2005

Mabel Kent Estate Singing Scholarship from Victorian College of the Arts

Harold Fischer Scholarship for Opera part-scholarship from VCA

Mabel Kent Singing Scholarship from the University Of Melbourne – 2003.

City of Glen Eira Foundation For Youth Excellence Award -2001, 2003

June Bronhill Award (AGC) – 1996

Ron Hunt Memorial Award for Music – 1996

 

International Singing Competitions:

FOR 2008:

Winner Grand Prize and Female first Prize Adama Didura International Opera Singers Competition – Poland

Winner Vocal Prize /Tait Prize – Performing Australian Music Competition – London

3rd Prize – Operalia

FOR 2006:

Winner International Mozart Competition in Salzburg.

FOR 2005:

3rd Prize Montreal International Competition For Voice,

and Prize for Best Interpretation of the Set Canadian Composition.

FOR 2003:

Winner – Grand Prix – Maria Callas Grand Prix (Oratorio – Lied) (Athens, Greece/Hellas)

 

Major Australian Competitions:

Elena has also been a laureate of the Herald-Sun Aria, McDonalds Aria and The Australian Singing Competition (Marianne Mathy Competition).

 

Competitions and Eisteddfodau

For those Australian fans who have been following my progress for many years from the days of Competitions, please see below for an overview of my progress:

Elena has received over 80 First Places alone in Competitions and Eisteddfodau, and believes that Eisteddfodau provide valuable performance practice opportunities for young performers, offering invaluable chances for fledging artists to develop and hone their skills and receive helpful critical adjudication. Although the experience may be challenging and character building at times, it offers young performers a platform to test their abilities, receive feedback, develop confidence and later, can assist in supporting further study.

Elena has a solid history of performing in Eisteddfods and began competing in 1995 at the Dandenong Festival Music and Art for Youth, and received her first 1st Prize that very year at the Boroondara Eisteddfod. Elena first attended the Royal South Street Society – Ballarat (the Largest Victorian (State) Competition) in 1998.

(NOTE for competitions since 2002: Whilst completing both her Master of Music Performance and her Graduate Diploma of Opera Elena chose to reduce the number of competitions and sections she competed in.)

Below is an overview of some of her first prizes:

Australian Competitions and Eisteddfodau:

(First places only listed: plus some special awards)

2006: Received 2nd at the McDonald’s Aria Sydney.

2005: Studying Overseas ( Won prizes in the Montreal International Competition – Voix, see above).

2004:

Elena won the 23nd National Liederfest – Elena was also the only singer to make the finals for six consecutive years.

In August, Elena received Second Prize in the McDonalds Aria finals, held at the Sydney Opera House.

First Place    Australian National Liederfest     LSV – Melbourne

 

2003:

In 2003, Elena was a finalist in the 22nd National Liederfest, receiving second prize – the Henkell Award. Elena was the only singer to make the finals for five consecutive years.

Elena won the “Australian Youth Aria” under the auspices of the Dandenong Festival of Music and Art for Youth and the “Bendigo Vocal Championship” – competitions in which she had simply made the finals of previously.

Elena was a finalist in The Australian Singing Competition -Marianne Mathy Competition – receiving the GSMD Prize – a Scholarship to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

First Place     Opera (Australian Youth Aria)     Dandenong
First Place     Lieder     Dandenong
First Place     Vocal Championship     Bendigo

 

2002:

In 2002 Elena was a finalist in 21th Annual National Liederfest (run by the Lieder society of Vic) and recipient of the Bettine McCaughan award. Elena was also a finalist in the Boroondara Vocal Championship, the Bendigo Vocal Championship and the Welsh Male Choir “Singer of the Year” Competition. Elena also received the “Royal South Street Society Championship Prize” for the second consecutive year. Elena received the Ada Crosley Vocal Award at the 2002 Dandenong Festival for Music and Art for Youth.

First Place     Elms recital   Dandenong
First Place     Lieder   Boroondara
First Place     Mozart Solo V003   Canberra
First Place     Lied Solo   Bendigo
First Place     Mavis Webster Memorial Art Song   Bendigo
First Place     Musical Comedy Solo (23 & under)   Bendigo
First Place     George Lemke Championship   RSSS (Ballarat)
First Place     Australian Composer   RSSS (Ballarat)

 

2001:

In 2001 Elena received then the Bettine McCaughan award at the 20th Annual National Liederfest (run by the Lieder society of Vic). Elena received 27 1st places in 2001 (incl. Duets) In 2001, Elena was a finalist in the Annual National Liederfest, the Boroondara, Dandenong, Ringwood and Warrnambool Arias. While in Geelong she won the “Geelong Aria” in both Under 26 and Open categories, and at the Royal South Street Competitions (Ballarat) her success including the Violet Somerset Memorial Lied and the Elsie Morison Prize, earned her the aggregate “Championship Prize”. Winner of the Musical Society of Victoria’s 2001 ‘Armstead Scholarship’, she was a finalist in the 3MBS Performer of the Year Competition and represented 3MBS in the MBS Award Concert at the Sydney Opera House complex. She was also chosen to be a finalist in the “Herald Sun Aria” held at the Melbourne Concert Hall, singing with Orchestra Victoria, where she received the 3rd Prize Encouragement Award.

 

First Place     Australian Composer   Dandenong
First Place     Duet   Dandenong
First Place     Oratorio   Dandenong
First Place     Oratorio   Boroondara
First Place     Duet (not Operatic)(Matthew Davine)   Boroondara
First Place     Musical or Operetta   Warrnambool
First Place     Australian Song   Warrnambool
First Place     Italian Song   Warrnambool
First Place     Russian Art Songs   McDonalds Sydney
First Place     Popular Song   Manningham
First Place     Musical or Light Opera   Manningham
First Place     Lieder   Manningham
First Place     Aria   Manningham
First Place     Geelong Aria (Under 26)   Geelong
First Place     Aria from Grand Opera (Open)   Geelong
First Place     Sacred or Spiritual   Geelong
First Place     Armstead Scholarship   Musical Society of Vic
First Place     Sacred Solo   Mordialloc
First Place     Duet (w/ Matthew Davine)   Mordialloc
First Place     Art Song   Mordialloc
First Place     Australian composer   Ringwood
First Place     Oratorio   Ringwood
First Place     Australasian Composer   RSSS (Ballarat)
First Place     Violet Somerset Memorial Lied   RSSS (Ballarat)
First Place     Elsie Morrison (Oratorio & Art song)   RSSS (Ballarat)
First Place     Art Song   Diamond Valley
First Place (equal)     Musical   Diamond Valley

 

2000:

Finalist in the 19th Annual National Liederfest and winner of the Joan Arnold award. Elena was also a Finalist in the Ringwood and Warnambool Aria, and Semi-finalist in the Dandenong Aria. Winner of the aggregate at Warnambool and Geelong (also Waverley & Knox.) Elena received twenty-one first prizes from Eisteddfodau in 2000:

First Place     Elms Recital   Dandenong
First Place     Australian Composer   Dandenong
First Place     Vocal Solo U 21   Boroondara
First Place     Italian Song   Warnambool
First Place     Female Vocal Solo   Warnambool
First Place     Musical Comedy   Warnambool
First Place     Vocal solo   Knox
First Place     Oratorio   Knox
First Place     Art song/Ballad   Knox
First Place     Aria   Knox
First Place     Modern Jazz Open age   Kingston
First Place     Sacred Solo   Mordialloc
First Place     Operetta or Light Opera   Mordialloc
First Place     Aria   Mordialloc
First Place     Song From Renaissance Period   Geelong
First Place     Oratorio   Geelong
First Place     Sacred solo   Waverley
First Place     Duet (w/ Naomi Yamaguchi)   Waverley
First Place     Solo – Open   Waverley
First Place     Vocal solo 25 yrs and Under   Waverley
First Place     Oratorio   Ringwood

 

1999:

Finalist in the 18th National Liederfest, Warrnambool and Ringwood Aria.

First Place     Australian Composer   Warnambool
First Place     Italian Song   Warnambool
First Place     Song from Musical Production   Geelong
First Place     Art Song   Ringwood
First Place     Oratorio   Ringwood
First Place     Solo – 25 yrs and under (Oratorio)   Waverley
First Place     Sacred Solo   Waverley
First Place     Solo – Open age (Lieder)   Waverley
First Place     Violet Somerset Lied   RSSS (Ballarat)
First Place     Art Song   Diamond Valley
First Place     Aria   Diamond Valley

 

1998: (2nd year Science, 1st year music)

First Place (equal)     Sacred Solo (30)   Manningham
First Place     Sacred Solo Open age   Mordialloc
First Place     Sacred Solo (16-21 years)   RSSS (Ballarat)
First Place     Solo (18-23 years) (Lieder)   RSSS (Ballarat)
First Place     Vocal Solo (Purcell)   RSSS (Ballarat)
First Place     Aria   Mornington

 

1997: ( whilst studying Science at the University of Melbourne)

First Place     Folksong   Dandenong
First Place     Light Opera or Musical Comedy   Waverley
First Place     Contemporary Ballad   Kingston

 

1996:

First Place     Junior vocal under 18 years   Waverley

 

1995:

First Place     Solo                                  Boroondara