On Saturday night, three schoolgirls who have been playing together as the Dumky Trio for just on a year won the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod Musica Viva Chamber Music Award, a prize that is generously funded by The John Lamble Foundation.
All still in their early teens, the players Marie-Akino Munster (violin), Rachel Sui (cello) and Julia Gu (piano) thought they were doing well by qualifying for the final round. Delighted to be competing against the best, they did not expect to win and were speechless with excitement when adjudicators Roger Benedict and David Periera awarded them the $7,000 cash prize.
According to the adjudicators, the youthful Trio showed outstanding potential and played Piano Trio No. 4 (Dumky), Opus 90 by Antonin Dvorak superbly. It was a great victory and judging by the thunderous applause, the audience clearly agreed with the result.
As veterans of the Sydney Eisteddfod solo instrumental and piano platforms, the girls have won numerous individual prizes and other awards. All are members of the Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. They formed the Dumky Trio under the guidance of Professor Alice Waten and have been perfecting the art of playing together ever since.
A highlight of the annual Sydney Eisteddfod program, this Award is open to entrants of any age and ever since it bowed into the program in 2006, it has been won by groups that were either poised on the fringe or already enjoying professional careers in the world of music.