Virtuosity is a concerto soloist competition offering young musicians mentorship, professional development and performance experience.

As the premiere concerto competition for Victoria’s best and brightest emerging musicians, Virtuosity offers future soloists invaluable performance opportunities, professional development experience, mentorship and career support in addition to cash prizes and the presentation of the coveted Virtuosity Perpetual Trophy.

Now in its sixth year, Virtuosity is a four-stage concert soloist development program in a competitive setting. The opportunity to perform as soloist with a symphony orchestra allows a musician greater insight into the music and enhances their understanding of the work and their own performance. Virtuosity participants will learn the artistic differences and challenges of concerto playing accompanied by a symphony orchestra, as well as the skills and tools of the music industry beyond the performance.

Virtuosity is the ideal springboard into professional concerto performance, participation in competitions and the development of advanced musicianship skills – both on and off stage. Virtuosity spans four stages: an online application, a live audition round, the Semi-Final performance and the Grand Final.


First Prize $3,000 – The Youth Music Foundation Prize
Second Prize $2,000
Third Prize $1,000 – The Kimberley Foundation Prize

We are most grateful to our prize sponsors The Kimberley Foundation and the Youth Music Foundation of Australia for helping us to support and celebrate talented young musicians.



17 October 2018                      Applications Open
3 December 2018                   Applications Close
10 December 2018                 Notification of audition times/outcome of application
2-3 February 2019                 Live Audition Round*
16 February 2019                   Live Audition Round*
22 February 2019                   Semi-finalists announced
28 April 2019                          Semi-Final Performance
July-August 2019                   Mentor and Media Sessions
15 September 2019                Virtuosity Grand Final

*Subject to change depending on total applications and venue requirements

Filming Virtuosity

We will be filming and live streaming Virtuosity in order to share the exciting journey of our participants through the competition with our community and record an important part of Melbourne Youth Orchestras’ history.