Queensland Youth Music Awards

Queensland Youth Music Awards (QYMA) is one of the state's longest running school music competitions which celebrates the participation of over 4,000 young people in the music making process. The contest provides an environment to motivate young students to develop their skills and raise artistic levels, to be applauded by audiences, other contestants and adjudicators alike.

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A 50th anniversary message from QYMA patron Piers Lane


"Congratulations to Queensland Youth Music Awards on the occasion of its 50th birthday! It has been a pleasure to see this event evolve during the past half-century, providing students across south east Queensland opportunities to hone their skills, achieve goals, and compete in a friendly environment, while receiving constructive feedback from some of the most experienced adjudicators in the country. 

I remember as though it were yesterday performing in this competition when it was The Ashgrove Talent Quest. It meant a lot to me. Surprisingly, I recall performances by other people as well: singers and string players, and even game contestants willing to give impromptu speeches on unlikely topics provided on the spot! I take pride in knowing how that imaginative suburban event has evolved to benefit music makers in the choral and instrumental ensemble sectors across a far wider area. 

To those competing in this year¹s season, I wish you all the best - enjoy the experience! And on behalf of all who have been a part of Queensland Youth Music Awards over the years, thank you for the opportunities this competition has provided, and congratulations on your success!" 


Piers Lane, a competitor and prize winner in QYMA's precursor, The Ashgrove Talent Quest, is proud to support the Queensland Youth Music Awards as its Patron. 

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Growing up in Brisbane, Piers was a student at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and attended Kelvin Grove State High School. He is now a world renown classical pianist, and is profiled on Queensland Symphony Orchestra's page: 

"London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane is one of the most inquisitive and engaging live performers of his generation. In great demand as soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and a sold-out performance of Chopin’s complete Nocturnes at Wigmore Hall." 

Read more via Queensland Symphony Orchestra or visit his website - www.pierslane.com

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