The Music & Opera Singers Trust in partnership with ABC Classic have announced the semi-finalists for the 2021 ABC Young Performers Awards – one of Australia’s most prestigious awards for young classical musicians. In its 77th year, the now biennial award has a long history of illustrious past winners, including pianist Simon Tedeschi and percussionist Claire Edwardes. The ABC Young Performers Awards recognises talent and potential in young performers from around Australia. Originally slated to be held last year, the competition was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

This year’s semi-finalists are: Jason Henery (double bass), Tony Lee (piano), Robbin Reza (piano), Eliza Shephard (flute), Bennett Tsai (cello) and Edward Walton (violin). The 2021 reserves are Andrew Blanch (guitar), Leanne McGowan (piano), Charlotte Miles (cello), Yebin Yoo (violin) and Jeremy Sreejayan (percussion). 

ABC Young Performers Awards
Benett Tsai, Eliza Shephard, Robbin Reza, Jason Henery, Tony Lee and Edward Walton. Photographs supplied

Sydney-based Jason Henery (20) is currently principal double bass for the Australian Youth Orchestra. Tony Lee (29) is a pianist from NSW...