Virtuosity is a concerto soloist program 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.


How will I know if my piece is suitable for Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra?
Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra has an approximate AMEB Grade 6+ standard. The approximate age range is 14 to 20 and follows standard orchestral instrumentation (double winds) including flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, timpani, violin, viola, cello, double bass. It is a good idea to consider the piece’s instrumentation as well as level when choosing your piece.

If you’re not sure if your work is appropriate, you can consult with your instrumental teacher, or call the MYO office on (03) 9376 8988. To see past repertoire choices, please see the listings on our Past Award Winners page.

What will be required for my application?
The application form will consist of a series of questions determining your instrument, current level, the piece you wish to perform, your performance and musical experience (detailed in a CV), your instrumental teacher’s details and what you hope to get out of participating in Virtuosity.

How much does it cost to apply?
A $70 application fee is required upon submission of the online application form. Please note that your application will not be reviewed without this payment. The application fee will be payable through PayPal immediately on application. Payments can also be made by credit card (Visa or Mastercard), cheque or direct deposit (EFT) – please contact the MYO office for more details.

Will I require an accompanist for the live audition round?
While auditioning with an accompanist is not strictly required for the live audition round, it is strongly recommended that you engage an accompanist so you are able to deliver a more comprehensive, and competitive, performance. MYO is not responsible for organising accompanists and any associated costs should be covered by the applicant.

When is the live audition round?
All successful applicants will be invited to audition on Saturday 2 or Sunday 3 February. Depending on total applications, audition dates may be altered at MYO’s discretion. Audition times will be emailed to applicants by Monday 10 December 2018.

What if I can’t attend the live audition round?
If you are unable to attend your scheduled live audition, please contact the office on (03) 9376 8988 or email If an alternative time during the day cannot be arranged, you will be invited to submit a recorded audition in place of performing in-person. Recorded auditions are due by Friday 25 January 2019.

To view full terms and conditions for participation read our 2019 Virtuosity Terms and Conditions.