Australian cellist Yelian He wins the inaugural Australian Cello Awards

Yelian He, 29, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Australian Cello Awards after yesterday’s finals held at the Sydney Conservatorium.

The Australian-born, Manchester-based cellist takes away not just the $40,000 Allen-Evans Scholarship to assist in further study and career development, but a string of other awards including the Haas Award, Kitty Fischer Prize, ING Group Video Prize and the Shane Rozario Photography Prize.

Finalists Ruben Palma and Edward King were both rewarded for their efforts. Palma recieved both the Rosl Arts Scholarship and the Willoughby Symphony Prize, while King was awarded the Nelly Apt Scholarship and Canberra Symphony and Universal Music prizes.

The three performed with accompanist Philip Shovk in front of a panel that included John Painter AM, Catherine Hewgill, Susan Blake, Goetz Richter and Nathan Waks. In the leadup to the event, SSO Principal Cellist Catherine Hewgill said “It’s very exciting that we’re having an international cello competition in Sydney, with focus on assisting the careers of young Australian and New Zealand cellists.”

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel where we’ll soon have videos of all the Finalists’ performances and more: #cello— AusCelloAwards (@CelloAwards)