The Top Security / Frank Maher Classical Music Awards 2021 are now open for entries. With a prize of â¬ 5,000 for the winner, this is the largest competition of its kind for Irish secondary schools and the closing date for entries is Friday 8 October 2021.
Last year’s winner, violinist Julieanne Forrest (18), was at the photocall to kick off the details of the 2021 competition, accompanied by Oliver Woods of Terenure College on guitar and Holly Bond of Wesley College on flute.
The extremely talented violinist has just completed her sixth year at St Peter’s in Dunboyne and is on her way to Vienna University of Music and the Arts (MUK) to study with Professor Pavel Vernikov.
The Top Security Frank Maher Classical Music Awards were first created in 2001 by Emmet O’Rafferty, Chairman of the Top Security Group, to honor the memory of his late teacher, Father Frank Maher, a pioneer in the education of musical talents in high schools. . They went nationwide in 2012.
âAfter humble beginnings, the Awards are now in their tenth year of national competition, and we continue to be amazed and delighted at the incredible talent of the teens they attract. We are proud to be able to support these young people when they need it. the most and I can’t wait to meet this year’s finalists, âsaid Emmet.
The nominees for the awards are a roll call of young talent in burgeoning Irish classical music. Previous winners also include pianists Kevin Jansson, Aidan Chan and Maire Carroll, violinist Mairead Hickey, and cellists Sinead O’Halloran and Killian White. All of the winners have received national and international recognition for their achievements and have used their cash awards as a stepping stone to professional careers by funding their studies at some of the world’s most renowned music colleges and institutions. These include the Juilliard School, the Barenboim-Said Akademie, the Royal College of Music, the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Kronberg Academy.
The prizes are open to sixth year post-primary students in strings, woodwinds, brass and piano. The first prize of â¬ 5,000 will be used by the winner to follow a recognized education, a course of study in Ireland or abroad or for a purchase necessary for the development of his talent. The remaining finalists will each receive a grant of â¬ 300.
The closing date for entries for this year is Friday October 8, 2021 and the competition night is scheduled to take place on Friday October 29 in Dublin. Additional information, regulations and copy of the application file to download on www.frankmaherclassicalmusicawards.com