An interview with Lily Higson-Spence


The 2015 winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship Lily Higson-Spence is living life to the fullest, performing as much as she can and soaking up the expertise of other violinists around her. 

Lily, who is originally from Queensland, is now in her second year studying at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne under Robin Wilson and Sophie Rowell. Since winning the Instrumental Scholarship she has won numerous awards including the Melbourne Recital Centre Bach Competition. 

She said one of the biggest highlights of her career so far was the time I spent in Israel at the Keshet Eilon Mastercourse for strings. 

“It was such a wonderful opportunity and a very eye opening experience for me,” she said. 

She appeared as a soloist with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and will play with the Stonnington Symphony Orchestra later in the year, playing works by Mendelssohn and Prokofiev. 

“I will also have the privilege of playing alongside the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, as part of a side-by-side project with the Australian National Academy of Music.” 

As a two-time Sydney Eisteddfod major award winner (she also won the Sydney Eisteddfod Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Instrumental Awards in 2014) Lily said preparation is key when it comes to participating in competitions. 

“Just make sure you’re comfortably prepared so you can communicate with your audience and enjoy the experience,” she said to all Instrumental entrants in the 2017 Festival. 

Good luck on all your plans this year Lily!