2021 Freedman Classical Fellow | The Music Trust

The Winner of the 2021 Freedman Jazz Fellowship is:

Kyla Matsuura-Miller

Kyla Matsuura-Miller wins the 2021 Freedman Classical Fellowship Raised non-white in Australia is the focus of her winning project 28 year old Kyla Matsuura-Miller (violin) from Melbourne succeeded against Victorian finalists Molly CollierO’Boyle (viola) Eliza Shephard (flute), and Will Hansen (double bass) from NSW, in last nights finals to win the Music Trust’s coveted $21,000 Freedman Classical Fellowship. The finals were filmed by the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall before a live streamed audience.

Kyla Matsuura-Miller (28) is a Tokyo-born Melbourne-raised powerhouse violinist, who graduated from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2018. The violinist and educator has more than established her place at the table in the Australian cultural scene. She is currently working with Inventi Ensemble, Trio Clara and Duo Piaggio and Adam McMillan. In 2017 Kyla was an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has won numerous awards, and in 2022 will be the recipient of the Homophonic Pride Prize.

Tonight’s concert saw another outstanding display of innovating young classical artists who proved their commitment to new Australian work, and dedication to their crafts using an refreshing array of new ideas” esteemed judging panel Penny Lomax, Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Véronique Serret . “In the end, it was Kyla Matsuura-Miller whose inspired approach to her instrument and insight to her choice of repertoire, that spoke to each of the Judges. We are excited to see music used to illustrate stories around Australian identity, and a greater level of inclusivity represented in both artists and audiences to be profiled though Kyla’s project”.


“My project aims to express and evoke elements of the collective cultural memory of being raised non-white in Australia.” says Kyla. ” The project is an opportunity to create something from a place of mutual compassion and shared experiences.” Three composers and filmmaker Tobias Willis will be invited to draw upon their own personal experiences as non-white Australians. They will be commissioned to write new works of 7 to 10 minutes length for solo violin, with optional electronics which will culminate in a live performance co-presented by Play On via YouTube.

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