ArtSound FM Community Radio is calling for applications for this year’s ACT Young Virtuoso Awards.

If you are an instrumentalist under 25, or a vocalist under 30 (by the end of this year), you are encouraged to apply.

The four finalists chosen from entrants will perform live ‘on air’ on Sunday, September 17 [NOTE: new date], where each will be judged and the winner announced.

There are monetary awards for the winner and the runner up, supplied by Belconnen Rotary, as well as recording time at the ArtSound Studios. Fares and accommodation for the winner to attend the National Awards in Brisbane in November will be covered by The Gallery of Small Things.

Applications are now open until 5pm, Friday September 1. Please complete the application form on the ArtSound website and send a three minute video of one of your performances to through We Transfer (or similar).

Being a finalist and performing on radio is an excellent way to improve your presentation skills.

Last year’s ACT winner of the Young Virtuoso Awards (Ronan Apcar, left) went on to become the runner up at the National Awards in Melbourne.


Download form, here: YOUNG VIRTUOSO AWARD 2023 agreement and entry form




Please complete and sign this agreement and submit by 5.00pm on Friday 1 September 2023.

For auditions: a video recording of 3-4 minutes should be forwarded to ArtSound FM via or delivered to ArtSound FM Studios in the Manuka Arts Centre, before 5pm on Friday 1 September 2023.

The ACT Finals will be held 2-4pm on Sunday, 17 September 2023 in the ArtSound Recording Studio and broadcast live on ArtSound (FM92.7 & 90.3, on DAB+, and streamed online at Each contestant will perform two or more works of their own choice from the classical music repertoire for a total 20 minutes.

ArtSound has a Yamaha grand piano. Each contestant will be able to rehearse for 15 minutes at times to be arranged during week prior to the ACT Finals.

Please mail to:

  1. Your biography suitable for a concert program (up to 200 words)
  2. Your accompanist’s biography (up to 100 words), where relevant
  3. Program details – title(s) of the work(s) to be performed with approximate timings


Name: __________________________________________________ Date of Birth: ___/___/___

(instrumentalists must be under 25, vocalists under 30 on 31/12/23)

Are you a permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand?                                               YES / NO

Have you lived or studied in the ACT or near surrounds for at least 12 months (by 31/12/2023)?                                                                                                                                                   YES / NO

Instrument / Voice Type:         ____________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________         Post Code: _________

Phone: __________________________                                Mobile: _________________________

Email: ___________________________________________


Name of Accompanist: ______________________________________________________


I have correctly stated my age. (Note: instrumental contestants must be under 25 years of age and vocal contestants under 30 on 31 December 2023.)


Signed: ______________________________



Print name: _______________________________                                                 Date: ___/___/___


If you, the Entrant/Contestant, are under the age of 18 as of 31 December 2023 a Parent or Guardian must also sign this agreement.


Signed: _______________________________


Print name: _________________________________                                             Date: ___/___/___