The Friends of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra offer two annual study grants of $2500 each to musicians who have been members of the ASO for at least three years. The first study grant was awarded in 1995. In assessing a request for financial assistance towards further study, consideration will be given to the potential benefit to the Orchestra. It may be used on its own or in conjunction with any other scholarship, award or grant.
This was renamed the Nicki Ayres Memorial Study Grant in 2000 in memory of Nicki Ayres, a very talented violinist and a member of the ASO, who tragically died in December 1999 at the age of 28 from a mystery virus whilst on leave in England.
Recent recipients include:
- Belinda Kendall-Smith (double bass), who exchanged with Lena Turofsky of the Nova Scotia Symphony Orchestra in Halifax in 2010/2011.
- Three members of the Leonore Quartet, Janet Anderson (violin), Emma Perkins (violin) and Gemma Phillips (cello), who undertook a study trip to Banff, Canada early this year. The quartet gave a lovely concert for the Friends on 13 July.
- David Phillips (double bass), who travelled to Berlin for lessons with Matt McDonald, Principal Bassist with the Berlin Philharmonic, and participated in Master Classes on Diskopinesis in 2009. David is a member of the Desperadoes, who have provided entertainment at our AGMs and Quiz Nights.
- Cameron Malouf (Principal Trombone), tuition with Joe Elessi (New York Philharmonic) and Charles Vernon (Chicago Symphony) and attendance at concerts of both orchestras in 2009. Cameron gave a recital for the Friends on his return and a further recital is planned for 11 September this year in the Grainger Studio.
- Peter Duggan (Principal Cor Anglais), study trip to Europe in 2008 for lessons with his former teacher in Wuerzberg and to purchase equipment for reed making. Peter gave a recital for the Friends and also demonstrated the art of reed making in July 2008. Peter again featured in June this year for the Friends with a demonstration of the three oboes plus very entertaining commentary.