Press Release: Prahran violinist wins Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship

26 August 2015:


This year is proving an exciting one for 17-year-old violinist Lily Higson-Spence who on Friday last scored an impressive victory in the Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Doctors Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship. Having already played her way into the finals of the 2015 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Awards and the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, Lily is rapidly establishing herself as a rising star in the Australian musical scene.


Originally from Queensland, Lily and her family recently re-located to Melbourne, where she is continuing her violin studies at the Australian National Academy of Music with Robin Wilson. Lily began playing the violin at the age of six as a student of the Suzuki method and has loved it ever since. In 2010, she and her brother Felix attracted nationwide attention as semi finalists in the television show Australia’s Got Talent, and through this exposure, they appeared on French television in a program showcasing young talent from around the world.


In 2010, Lily entered Sydney Eisteddfod for the first time and has been making her mark on its stages ever since. In 2014 she won the Wenkart Foundation Junior Violin contest, along with the Alf and Pearl Pollard Memorial Award for Performance Excellence, an event that serves as a final play-off for the top scoring junior piano and instrumental winners. 


Music has always played an important part in Lily’s life. Her mother, Lana Higson is a well known       pianist, and as she won the City of Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship in 1992, it is not surprising that Lily has followed in her footsteps.  Lily greatly enjoys performing as a soloist and chamber player. Last year, she led a string quartet at the University of Queensland and played with professional musicians at the Bangalow Music Festival. Now endeavouring to complete school Years 11 & 12 together, Lily intends studying full time at the Australian National Academy of Music next year before enrolling in an undergraduate degree course in Germany, Austria, England or America.


For immediate release


Jennie Lees, PhD

P: 02 9261 8366