Percussionist one of nation's best young performers
Friday, 23 August 2002
Talented University of Adelaide percussionist Jamie Adam has added another credential to an already impressive list after he qualified for the final of the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Jamie, an Honours student at the University's renowned Elder School of Music, was the only South Australian to compete in the qualifying event, and also won $4000 for being the night's best performer accompanied by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Jamie was selected from the final sixteen of Australia's most outstanding young classical musicians as winner of his category. The final will take place later this year.
His supervisor, senior lecturer Jim Bailey, says Jamie's achievements highlight the continuing success of Elder School of Music percussionists.
"It's a great honour for the School and also for percussion performance and teaching at the School," he says. "Jamie is one of our most talented musicians and has a very promising musical career ahead of him."
Jamie's success in the competition follows that of fellow Elder School of Music percussionist Nick Parnell, who reached the last 16 of the competition in 2000 and 2001.
Jamie has also recently won the inaugural John "Slick" Osborne Scholarship, a $5000 performance scholarship which rewards outstanding talent in the field of jazz drumming and classical percussion.
Last year he was the first winner of the David Galliver Memorial Award, the traditional end-of-year awards given by the University to reward its most outstanding students. The awards were renamed in honour of the late Professor David Galliver, former head of the Elder Conservatorium and Elder Professor of Music.