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).


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 Australian National Liederfest


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


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 recitalDandenong
First Place LiederBoroondara
First Place Mozart Solo V003Canberra
First Place Lied SoloBendigo
First Place Mavis Webster Memorial Art SongBendigo
First Place Musical Comedy Solo (23 & under)Bendigo
First Place George Lemke ChampionshipRSSS (Ballarat)
First Place Australian ComposerRSSS (Ballarat)


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 ComposerDandenong
First Place DuetDandenong
First Place OratorioDandenong
First Place OratorioBoroondara
First Place Duet (not Operatic)(Matthew Davine)Boroondara
First Place Musical or OperettaWarrnambool
First Place Australian SongWarrnambool
First Place Italian SongWarrnambool
First Place Russian Art SongsMcDonalds Sydney
First Place Popular SongManningham
First Place Musical or Light OperaManningham
First Place LiederManningham
First Place AriaManningham
First Place Geelong Aria (Under 26)Geelong
First Place Aria from Grand Opera (Open)Geelong
First Place Sacred or SpiritualGeelong
First Place Armstead ScholarshipMusical Society of Vic
First Place Sacred SoloMordialloc
First Place Duet (w/ Matthew Davine)Mordialloc
First Place Art SongMordialloc
First Place Australian composerRingwood
First Place OratorioRingwood
First Place Australasian ComposerRSSS (Ballarat)
First Place Violet Somerset Memorial LiedRSSS (Ballarat)
First Place Elsie Morrison (Oratorio & Art song)RSSS (Ballarat)
First Place Art SongDiamond Valley
First Place MusicalDiamond Valley


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 RecitalDandenong
First Place Australian ComposerDandenong
First Place Vocal Solo U 21Boroondara
First Place Italian SongWarnambool
First Place Female Vocal SoloWarnambool
First Place Musical ComedyWarnambool
First Place Vocal soloKnox
First Place OratorioKnox
First Place Art song/BalladKnox
First Place AriaKnox
First Place Modern Jazz Open ageKingston
First Place Sacred SoloMordialloc
First Place Operetta or Light OperaMordialloc
First Place AriaMordialloc
First Place Song From Renaissance PeriodGeelong
First Place OratorioGeelong
First Place Sacred soloWaverley
First Place Duet (w/ Naomi Yamaguchi)Waverley
First Place Solo – OpenWaverley
First Place Vocal solo 25 yrs and UnderWaverley
First Place OratorioRingwood


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

First Place Australian ComposerWarnambool
First Place Italian SongWarnambool
First Place Song from Musical ProductionGeelong
First Place Art SongRingwood
First Place OratorioRingwood
First Place Solo – 25 yrs and under (Oratorio)Waverley
First Place Sacred SoloWaverley
First Place Solo – Open age (Lieder)Waverley
First Place Violet Somerset LiedRSSS (Ballarat)
First Place Art SongDiamond Valley
First Place AriaDiamond Valley


(2nd year Science, 1st year music)

First Place (equal)Sacred Solo (30)Manningham
First PlaceSacred Solo Open ageMordialloc
First PlaceSacred Solo (16-21 years)RSSS (Ballarat)
First PlaceSolo (18-23 years) (Lieder)RSSS (Ballarat)
First PlaceVocal Solo (Purcell)RSSS (Ballarat)
First PlaceAriaMornington


( whilst studying Science at the University of Melbourne)

First Place FolksongDandenong
First Place Light Opera or Musical ComedyWaverley
First Place Contemporary BalladKingston


First Place Junior vocal under 18 years Waverley


First Place SoloBoroondara