2020 YPA Artists
The following artists will be interviewed during our 2020 Victorian Young Performer of the Year Award special broadcast on Sunday, 25 October at 2pm.
Rohan De Korte, cello
Rohan de Korte is possibly the world’s third tallest professional cellist, which is not particularly helpful if the people sitting behind him in the Melbourne Symphony ever want to see the conductor. He began playing the cello as a small boy, studying with Sarah Hopkins, Henry Wenig and Nelson Cooke. He combined a love of playing cricket and basketball with time spent in Orchestras such as the Junior Strings of Melbourne, the Geminiani Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra but it wasn’t until late 1992 that he began to take music seriously. Winning first prize in the 3MBS performer of that year gave him the opportunity to take a gamble and buy a plane ticket to war torn Croatia to have lessons with Professor Valter Dešpalj. Rohan returned to Zagreb for a whole year in 1994 and subsequently completed his performance degree at the Cologne Hochschule fur Musik studying cello with Professor Claus Kanngiesser and chamber music with the Alban Berg Quartet.Upon hearing the Melbourne Symphony perform in Cologne in early 2000 Rohan decided It was time to come back home and he freelanced with the Sydney Symphony and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra before spending five years as the Associate Principal cellist with Orchestra Victoria. He finally won his job in the Melbourne Symphony in 2009.He now has an active musical life in Melbourne performing Recitals for the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, the Team of Pianists and even performing Jazz with the Hook turn Orchestra as well as teaching and has even started to arrange Music for cello quartet.He plays a beautiful cello from 1720 that he stumbled upon in the corner of a shop in Germany and leads a busy home life with three very loud but also musical boys and an amazing wife who manages to keep everyone playing in time!
Amir Farid, piano
Winner of the 2005 3MBS Victorian Young Performer of the Year Award, and the 2006 Australian National Piano Award, US born Iranian-Australian pianist Amir Farid is a graduate of the Royal College of Music London, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and Australian National Academy of Music. He is a sought after solo recitalist and collaborative artist in concert halls and festivals internationally, including collaborations with tenor Ian Bostridge, saxophonist Claude Delangle, and violinist Arabella Steinbacher. He has performed concerti with major symphony orchestras around Australia, collaborating with conductors such as Christopher Hogwood, Oleg Caetani, Johannes Fritzsch and Alexander Briger. As a chamber musician, Amir is pianist of the Benaud Trio, winning the Piano Trio prize at the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition. His numerous highly acclaimed recordings are heard frequently on radio stations throughout Australia and internationally, and several albums have been nominated for an Australian Independent Music Award. Amir is also a recorded artist on the Steinway & Sons Spirio catalogue, as part of the piano manufacturer’s revolutionary player-piano system. As of 2017, Amir is a staff pianist at the Juilliard School, New York City, and also works as a pianist for the New York Philharmonic.
Kathryn Radcliffe, soprano
Kathryn completed her Bachelor of Music Performance in Voice in 2009 at the Victorian College of the Arts and Music with first class Honours. She also obtained her AMusA in Flute in 2002.
In 2020 Kathryn performed the role of “Slave” in “Salome” (Strauss) for Victorian Opera. In 2019, Kathryn has performed the roles of Bertha in “The Barber of Seville” (Rossini) for Victorian Opera, Delia in “Il Viaggio a Reims” (Rossini) for Opera Australia, and 1st Blumenmädchen in “Parsifal” (Wagner) with Victorian Opera. She also featured in Victorian Opera’s “Heroic Bel Canto” concert. In 2018, Kathryn made her soloist debut with Opera Australia in Sydney opera house in their well-loved gala production of “Great Opera Hits”. Roles Kathryn has performed 2016/17 include: Frasquita- “Carmen” (Bizet) for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Nightingale- “Sleeping Beauty” (Respighi) and Königin- “Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse” (Koch) for Victorian Opera, Hen- “The Cunning Little Vixen” (Janáček) for Vienna State Opera. Cover of the following for Vienna State Opera: Ortlinde- “Die Walkure” (Wagner), Pamina- “Die Zauberflote” (Mozart), Erste Elfe- “Rusalka” (Dvořák), Fiordiligi- “Cosi Fan Tutte” (Mozart), Pousette- “Manon” (Massanet), Echo- “Ariadne auf Naxos” (Strauss), Priesterin- “Aida” (Puccini), Zweites Blumenmadchen- “Parsifal” (Wagner).
Kathryn has also performed the following roles: Pamina- “The Magic Flute” (Mozart) for Opera Australia National Tour, The Governess- “Turn of the Screw” (Benjamin Britten), Queen of the Night, Pamina, Papagena, and First Lady- “The Magic Flute” (Mozart) for Opera Australia Oz Opera. Daisy- “Contact” (Angus Grant), Mother, Witch and Sand Fairy- “Hansel and Gretel” (Humperdinck) for Opera Australia Oz Opera, Ernesta – “LOL Opera” (Nina Sofo), Fiordiligi- “Cosi Fan Tutte” (Mozart).
Kathryn has won the following: Opera Foundation Australia Vienna State Opera Award (2015), 3MBS Victorian Young Performer of the Year Award (2014), Herald Sun Aria (First Prize 2014), Armstead Singing Award (First Prize 2014), Bel Canto Award (Finalist 2014), Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Prize at The Bel Canto Award (Winner 2013), Bel Canto Award and Opera and Arts Vocal Scholarship (Finalist 2013), South Eastern Arts Festival Aria (First Prize 2012), Boroondara Aria and Warrnambool Aria (First Prizes in 2011), Herald Sun Aria (Finalist 2011), Manningham Aria, West Gippsland Aria and Eisteddfod by The Bay Aria (First Prizes in 2010), Opera Australia Young Artist Program (Semi-finalist 2009)