Concerto Competition

At its inception in 1992, Balmain Sinfonia established the Richard Goldner Scholarship Fund into which it deposits 10% of all ticket sales.The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial assistance to talented young musicians.

For twenty years (1993–2011) the selection was achieved by means of a biennial Concerto Competition. The Concerto Competition format has now been suspended and a variety of other methods will be established for the disbursement of the funds to worthy young players.

Past Winners

Emily Sun


Emily Sun, violin

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Currently studying at the Royal College of Music


Sonja Schebeck


Sonja Schebeck, violin

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1

Currently studying with Chris Kimber

Richard Narroway 


Richard Narroway, cello

Dvorak Cello Concerto

Currently studying with Professor Hans Jøgen Jensen at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University in the USA

Zhu Wen


Zhu Wen, violin

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Currently studying with Charmian Gadd

Vivien Jeffery


Vivien Jeffery, violin

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Currently studying in Germany

Wei Wen


Wei Wen, violin

Bruch Scottish Fantasy

Received her Masters from the Julliard School, New York, and is now a professor at the University of Chendu, China

Chen Gu


Chen Gu, violin

Brahms Violin Concerto

Is now concertmaster of the Macau Orchestra

Sophie Rowell


Sophie Rowell, violin

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Leads the Australian String Quartet, resident at the University of Adelaide

Susie Park


Susie Park, violin

Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2

Currently playing with the Eroica Piano Trio in New York

Natalie Chee


Natalie Chee, violin

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Is concertmaster of Camerata Salzburg