Rising Star Competition 2024

Supporting the next generation of musicians and talent across Tasmania with the annual Rising Star Competition.

Presented by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Supporting the next generation of musicians and talent across Tasmania in the Xth annual Rising Star Competition.

Presented by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

A woman playing violin in-concert with the TSO.

Ensuring our young people have the backing they need to thrive in their musical education and careers is so important to the future of our industry – we believe it’s in safe hands with our Rising Stars!

Rising Star provides a young instrumentalist or classical vocalist with a leg-up to the next level of their learning. 

The selected Rising Star will receive;

  • The Tim Bugg AM Prize worth $2500 to further the winner’s musical education.
  • The opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Tasmanian Youth Orchestra.
  • Publicity opportunities as the 2024 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Rising Star.
Apply Here

For more information on the Rising Star Competition and prize details please go here.
For any further questions please contact Director Artistic Development Kim Waldock.

  • Entries close: 5pm, Friday 15 Mar 2024
  • Audition times issued: Wednesday 20 Mar 2024
  • Audition date: Monday 25 Mar 2024
  • Audition results issued: Wednesday 27 Mar 2024
  • Tentative Performance date: Saturday 17 Aug 2024
Players performing at the TSO Big Rehearsal.

The Tim Bugg AM Award

Tim Bugg AM is remembered as a well-respected and admired member of the Tasmanian community. A significant figure in legal practice nationally and beyond, Tim was also a great supporter of the TSO through over 7 years as a Board member and as a music lover.

This award has been named in honour of Tim and the work he undertook as a champion of emerging talent – a cause that he was truly passionate about. In his professional line of work Tim mentored, advocated and fostered emerging lawyers. This award celebrates the same spirit Tim showed to innumerable emerging professionals, and we are proud to continue his vision of championing and recognising young talent through the Rising Star Competition.

The TSO is immeasurably grateful to the generous benefactor who has ensured the Tim Bugg AM Rising Star Award will continue to provide opportunities for emerging musicians for years to come.

"It was an amazing experience performing with the TSO! I love the feeling of connection and musical conversation when playing with an orchestra, and the TSO brought the concerto to life with so much colour. I feel really privileged to have been able to play with the musicians from the TSO who have been inspiring and important mentors for me throughout my musical journey."
– Kara Thorpe, 2023 RISING STAR

Past Winners


2023 Winner

Kara Thorpe


Naomi Dickers performing with the TSO.

2020 Winner

Naomi Dickers



2019 Winner

Tasman Compton


Sheng-Yuan Lynch

2018 Winner

Sheng-Yuan Lynch


Jeremy Yang

2011 Winner

Jeremy Yang


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