“Jazz’s State of Origin” Is Back!
Sunday 8th September
Sydney Opera House

After a nation-wide search for the greatest jazz artist aged 35 and under, the judges for The Music Trust’s 2019 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, Gai Bryant, Mike Nock and Matt Keegan – all musicians, composers and educators themselves – have today announced the three finalists from a list of 17 nominees from across Australia.

These three finalists will compete live in concert at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 8 September for the title of the 2019 Freedman Jazz Fellow (Left to Right):

Novak Manojlovic (Piano) – nominated by Jonathan Zwartz
Elly Hoyt (Vocals) – nominated by Julien Wilson
Harry Sutherland (Piano) – nominated by Jonathan Zwartz

Click the image below to read more on the finalists.

Congratulations to the 2019 Nominees

Tim Fisher
Angus Mason
Nick Pennington
Reuben Lewis
Flora Carbo
Jenna Cave
Matilda Abraham
Niran Dasika
Sam Pankhurst
Scott McConnachie
Alfred Jackson
Brendan Keller-Tuberg
Harry Mitchell
James Macaulay

Congratulations to the 2018 Fellows

Nick Garbett, Jazz (Left) | Oliver Schermacher, Classical (Right)

Jazz Fellows

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

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


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.


The Fellowships for Classical Music and Jazz were conceived by Laurence Freedman and Dr Richard Letts AM. First awarded in 2001, the Fellowships have since enhanced the careers of more than thirty artists, and feature a who’s who of the Australian classical and art music scene.

FIND MORE INFORMATION on The Music Trust website