The Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund
Annual scholarships
for string players

The late Ernest Llewellyn CBE had a distinguished musical career as one of Australia’s most notable violinists, as well as a conductor, chamber music performer and teacher. For 16 years he was concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 1965 he was appointed Founding Director of the Canberra School of Music, and Musical Director of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, positions he held for 15 years. Ernest Llewellyn was involved in many programs presented by the Australian Youth Orchestra, in particular as tutor, soloist and director at the AYO National Music Camps.

Following Ernest Llewellyn’s death in 1982 this fund was established by a group of his friends and colleagues to honour his life and work, and has as its principal objective the advancement of string playing in Australia.

These annual awards provide support for young string players wishing to undertake advanced studies, or to attend master classes, workshops or seminars such as AYO programs, in Australia and overseas.

Open to violin, viola, cello and double bass players only. You do not need to be an applicant or participant in AYO programs to apply.

Applications are now closed.

How to apply


Provide an audio-visual recording

  • This must include the applicant playing two contrasting works.
  • The audio-visual recording to be up to 20 minutes in length.
  • The selected works should clearly demonstrate the applicant's technical proficiency and interpretive ability.
  • An existing recording may be used, however it must not be more than six months old.
  • The recording must feature the applicant as a prominent soloist.
  • It is in the applicant's best interest to provide a recording with the highest quality of audio.
  • The recording must be uploaded to YouTube or Dropbox only.

Submit your additional materials

  • A written statement, no more than one A4 page in length, on the intended use of the Scholarship. It is important that the application outlines a demonstrated need for, and a clear explanation of intended use of the funds.
  • A budget proposal outlining how the Scholarship funds will be used. This proposal must include each item the funds will be used towards with a description and an actual or estimated cost, and also list any funding already received directly towards the expense. 
  • Curriculum Vitae no more than one A4 page in length.
  • Please submit these materials to

Conditions of the scholarship


  • For applicants of the highest standard of individual performance, aged up to 28 years inclusive, as at 1 January 2020.
  • Open to violin, viola, cello and double bass players only. You do not need to be an AYO applicant or past participant to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia.
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit a detailed budget prior to the transfer of Scholarship funds. Scholarship funds will be made available once all requirements are met.
  • A written assurance that any funds will only be used for the purposes approved and if not will be repaid in full to the Australian Youth Orchestra.

If you have any queries regarding the scholarship please contact AYO at