Australian Cello Awards - Associate Artists

Associate Artists/


Awards Concert 2014

The following Associate Artists will be accompaning the finalists.

Australian Cello Awards - Phillip Shovk

Phillip Shovk

Concert pianist, chamber musician and pedagogue Phillip Shovk is considered one of Australia’s leading accompanists.

Shovk was educated by Anatole Mirosznyk and George Humphrey before graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium High School with the Frank Hutchens Prize for most promising performer. He continued tuition at the Moscow State Conservatory in Russia with Professor Valery Kastelsky, himself a student of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus, and graduated as a Master of Fine Arts.

Phillip became a Laureate at the Vianni di Motta competition in Lisbon, Portugal in 1987 and in the following year was awarded the Hephzibah Menuhin Prize and the Best Australian Pianist Prize at the Sydney International Competition. In 1994, Shovk was named Best Accompanist at the Tchaikovsky Competition.

Phillip Shovk has performed to great acclaim internationally and has adjudicated numerous Australian competitions including the Sydney International Piano Competition, Sydney Eisteddfod, Yamaha Youth Competition and Hephzibah Menuhin Competition. He has been a jury member of Concours Animato in Paris, the New Zealand National Concerto Competition and the Singapore National Piano Competition.

Teaching positions at the Conservatoire Rachmaninoff in Paris and the Australian Institute of Music led to his current role as Lecturer in Piano and Accompaniment at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

An album of Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky works by Shovk has recently been released on the Master Performer’s label.

Phillip is the Associate Artist for finalist Ruben Palma 

Maria Mo

Maria Mo


Maria has performed in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and across Europe, and toured New Zealand in 2012 with Chamber Music New Zealand to great critical acclaim.

Pianist Maria Mo was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand at the age of 8. She studied with Katherine Austin as a Sir Edmund Hillary Music Scholar at the University of Waikato where she received the Hillary Medal and the Lili Kraus Piano Award, and graduated with a Master of Music with First Class Honours in 2009.

In 2013 she graduated with Excellence under Professor Doris Adam at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität, and received further training from Professor Christopher Hinterhuber at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.

She has been a prizewinner in several national competitions in New Zealand, including being awarded 'Most Promising Pianist' at the 2008 Kerikeri National Piano Competition. In 2009, she was the winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Arts/Pettman International Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble as pianist for The Leonari Trio, which led to an 8-week concert tour and study trip of the United Kingdom, playing prestigious venues and festivals such as St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Maria is the Associate Artist for finalist Edward King

Yasmin Rowe 


Yasmin performs regularly around the UK at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St John's, Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall, Chichester Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James', Piccadilly, as well as an extensive touring record encompassing Europe, Australasia, North and South Americas.

She is the winner and laureate of many national and international competitions such as the EPTA UK competition, Moray International Piano Competition and the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Competition. Yasmin has received numerous awards ranging from that of the Worshipful Company of Musicians to the Peter Donohoe Piano Award and most recently second prize winner of the RNCM Recital Prize 2013.

Yasmin studied with Murray McLachlan during her BMus and graduated with first class honours and then went on to complete her MMus with Distinction studying with Stephen Savage. She was offered a place in RNCM’s prestigious International Artist Diploma which she has accepted for 2013/14.

Yasmin acknowledges the generous support of the Myra Hess award administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund for the year 2012-2013, Oglesby Scholarship, and the Award from Craxton Memorial Trust for 2013-2014.

Yasmin is the Associate Artist for finalist Yelian He

Sophia Rahman

Round 2: Semi-Finals, London

2013 Australian Cello Awards - Sophia Rahman


Sophia Rahman enjoys a varied career which encompasses solo, chamber, adjudicating and coaching activities. Concert highlights of the current season include tours of Sri Lanka and Estonia.

Sophia has acted as an official accompanist for organisations such as the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition, the Samling Foundation and IMS/Prussia Cove, where she has been class pianist for Steven Isserlis for the last three years.

She has recorded over twenty chamber discs for labels including Naxos, ASV, Dutton/Epoch, Meridian, Linn Records and Guild.

She was Artist-in-Residence at Queen's University, Belfast for eight years, and has given masterclasses at conservatories throughout the UK and also in Russia, China, Estonia and New Zealand. She also founded the Norburton Hall Masterclass Series in Dorset, for pianists and string players.

She studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Peter Norris and Louis Kentner, took a first-class honours degree in English from King's College, London and completed her piano studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly and Malcolm Martineau. She was the winner of the Royal Over-Seas League's Accompanist Award and the Liza Fuchsova Memorial Prize for a chamber music pianist in consecutive years.


Round 3
Awards Concert (Finals), Sydney

Phillip Shovk

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Sydney Conservatorium of Music


Maria Mo

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Yasmin Rowe

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Round 2
Semi-Finals, London

Sophia Rahman

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