The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has announced the second intake of its Kingsland Fellowship. Its 2024 fellows are flautists Issie Brown and Dante Costa, pianist JoJo Yuen, trumpeter Samuel Hutchinson and cellist Enola Jefferis.

The 2024 Kingsland Fellows: Issie Brown, Dante Costa, Enola Jefferis, Samuel Hutchinson and JoJo Yuen. Photo supplied

The Fellowship offers tertiary and postgraduate musicians “specialised professional development” across solo, chamber and orchestral performance with CSO Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Jessica Cottis and other industry leaders. 

The Fellows will also participate in masterclasses, mentorship and training opportunities and preparation for auditions alongside a $1,500 scholarship, a 2024 CSO season pass and backstage rehearsal access.

Flautist Issie Brown’s performance credits include the launch of Queensland Ballet’s 2022 season,  a live recital on 3MBS and appearances with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the George Ellis Orchestra. She has been awarded first prize in both the Leslie Barklam Scholarshp and the Boroondara Eisteddfod.

Also a flautist, Dante Costa was selected as a semi-finalist for the Australian Flute Festival’s Open Competition at 19 years old. A third-year student at the Australian National University, he is Principal Flute in the ANU Orchestra and performs across a variety of solo and chamber settings.

Currently a second year student at the ANU, pianist JoJo Yuen received the 2024 Christel Larko Music Scholarship and was also the winner of the Margaret Smiles Associate Musician Prize for Pianists. She has performed internationally, including an appearance at Prague’s Ameropa Chamber Music Festival.

Originally from regional Victoria, cellist Enola Jefferis has been awarded the Fellowship for a second time. She has performed in the Gippsland Symphony Orchestra, the Itet string chamber program and the ANU Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.

Canberra-based trumpeter and PhD student Samuel Hutchinson performs across both classical and commercial styles, having performed in productions presented by the Canberra Philharmonic Society, Free Rain Theatre and Dramatic Productions.

The inaugural Kingsland Fellows were Mia Hughes, Milan Kolundzija, Jackson Boyd, Vivienne Tran and Jefferis (previous Fellows are allowed to re-apply).

More about Kingsland Fellowship can be found here.

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