James Monro – Violoncello.
James Monro, age 15, won 1st prize in the 2019 Metropolitan Male Choir SA Scholarship competition. James was born in the UK and moved to Adelaide at eighteen months of age. He started learning the piano at age 5, the ‘cello at 6 and the oboe at 11. James is in Year 10 at Prince Alfred College on a Rolland May Music Scholarship.
In 2018 James was awarded his AMusA performance diploma on the ‘cello, was recognised as the most promising ‘cellist under the age of 16 in SA via the award of the David Bishop Medallion by the Adelaide Eisteddfod Society and was also principal oboist in the Bishop Orchestra at the SA Music Camp.
In 2019 James participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp. He is Associate Principal Cello in the Adelaide Youth Orchestra (AdYO) and also plays in an AdYO quartet as well as a piano trio.
James’s other interests include visual arts, mathematics and philosophy, and last year he was the 1st Prize Winner for Yr 9 in SA in the Philosthon. James learns the ‘cello from Simon Cobcroft and plays an English ‘cello made by George Withers in 1910.
Kiley Li – Piano
The winner of the second prize in the 2019 MMCSA scholarship is Kiley Li aged 16. Kiley is a Year 11 student at Glenunga International High School and is currently preparing for her AMEB A.Mus.A. Diploma examination in July. A student of Debra Andreacchio and Eleonora Sivan.
Kiley has studied piano for 10 years and has the AMEB Certificate of performance. She participates in many performances and competitions each year, such as the Adelaide Piano Eisteddfods where she has many prizes including the 2016 Miriam Hyde Medallion for most promising pianist, 16 years and under, when only 14 years of age. In December 2018 she was invited to participate in a prestigious concert of all the Chopin Nocturnes at the Ukaria Cultural Centre.
Marlon Kha – Clarinet
Marlon is 15 years old and is the June Genders Encouragement winner for 2019. He is studying year 12 at Pembroke School.
Marlon has been playing the clarinet for 8 years and has achieved his AMEB Grade 8 and will be taking his AMusA examination in 2019. He is at the same level on piano. He is a member of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra – Sinfonia, a chamber trio and his school symphony orchestra and concert band. In 2016 he won 1st prize for composers in year 8/9 in the Young Composer Awards. Marlon also enjoys playing badminton.