The Heyward Prize celebrates the immense contribution TSO Managing Director Nicholas Heyward has made to the furthering of Australian composition during his 17 years at the helm of the TSO. Under Nicholas’s leadership, a commitment to Australian music has become one of the defining features of the TSO. This commitment can be found at the core of TSO strategic planning and in all activities the TSO undertakes.

TSO is internationally recognised for its performances and recordings of Australian music, with music lovers across the globe engaged through more than twenty ABC Classics recordings of Australian music, recordings for the HUSH project and recordings for the Hyperion label.

When Nicholas announced his retirement last year, Dr David Rich, Chair of the TSO Board, made the following comment in Limelight Magazine on the 2 March 2018: “During his tenure as Managing Director, Nicholas has realised a vision for the TSO which has positioned the orchestra as central to the cultural life of Tasmania”.

The TSO is proud to honour Nicholas with the Heyward Prize. It is our hope that the impetus and excitement this opportunity generates may reflect the enthusiasm, optimism and love for all things Tasmanian that Nicholas shares with us all, every day.










The winning work will:

  • Be programmed for a suitable performance by the TSO within three years of the date of the announcement of the Heyward Prize
  • Receive a professional-quality recording by the TSO
  • Be awarded a cash prize of AUD3000

Two works have been selected for a closed reading session by the TSO in August 2019. The winning work will be chosen by all of the musicians of the TSO.