The 2021 Freedman Jazz Finalists have been announced – Read more here


The Fellowships for Classical Music and Jazz were conceived by Laurence Freedman and Dr Richard Letts AM. First awarded in 2001, the Fellowships are among the most prestigious offered to Australian musicians.

Beginning with a nationwide search for Australia’s best classical musicians and jazz musicians, 16 nominees are selected by nine nominators, comprised of distinguished musicians, composers or managers from right across Australia.

The three finalists are selected to compete live in concert for the chance to become a Freedman Fellow, and the career-changing $20,000 cash prize, which enables them to undertake a proposed creative project.

Since its inception, the awards have enhanced the careers of more than forty artists, and feature a who’s who of the Australian classical and art music scene. See the list of recipients below.



The Freedman Fellowships are not for students or emerging artists. The maximum age of candidates is 35 years for jazz and 30 years for classical. The Fellowships exist for artists who are already well established and working in the top tier of their profession. Artists cannot self-nominate. Candidates are selected by distinguished musicians from each Australian state and territory.

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Jazz Fellows

2021 Hilary Geddes, Guitar
2020 Helen Svoboda, Bass

2019 Novak Manojlovic, piano
2018 Nick Garbett, Trumpet
2017 Emma Stephenson, piano
2016 James McLean, drums
2015 Tal Cohen, piano
2014 Aaron Choulai, piano
2013 Marc Hannaford, piano
2012 Christopher Hale, bass guitar
2011 Matt Keegan, saxophone
2010 Ben Hauptmann, guitar
2009 No award
2008 No award
2007 Kristin Berardi, vocals
2006 Julien Wilson, saxophone
2005 Matt McMahon, piano
2004 James Muller, guitar
2003 Andrew Robson, saxophone
2002 Phil Slater, trumpet
2001 Andrea Keller, piano

Classical Fellows

2020 Richard Narroway, Cello
2019 Rohan Dasika, Double Bass
2018 Oliver Shermacher, Clarinet
2017 Matthew Kneale, bassoon
2016 Stefanie Farrands, viola
2015 Aviva Endean, clarinet
2014 Peter de Jager, piano
2013 Lina Andonovska, flute
2012 Ashley William Smith, clarinet
2011 Eugene Ughetti, percussion
2010 Kristian Winther, violin
2009 No award
2008 No award
2007 Timothy Constable, percussion
2006 Joseph Tawadros, oud
2005 Claire Edwardes, percussion
2004 Geoffrey Morris, guitar
2003 Tamara Anna Cislowska, piano
2003 William Barton, didgeridoo
2002 Karin Schaupp, guitar
2001 Genevieve Lacey, recorder