Melbourne Prize for Music 2013 winners announced

Brett Dean received the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music 2013, while Stephen Magnusson was awarded the $30,000 Outstanding Musicians Award 2013 and Kate Kelsey-Sugg the $13,000 Development Award 2013.

The judges wrote:

The diversity of the 2103 finalists is testimony to the abundant music talent and spectrum of genres we have in Victoria. The three recipients inform a diversity and richness of achievement in each of their genres and the individual musicians commitment to their professional music careers. The recipients articulate the criteria in each category.

Brett Dean, classical composer and conductor, has made an outstanding contribution to Australian music both locally and on the international stage and in doing so has enriched our cultural life. Guitarist, Stephen Magnusson’s work represents an outstanding example of creativity and skill. Kate Kelsey-Sugg, pianist, vocalist, saxophonist and composer, demonstrates outstanding musical talent with the potential to develop her music career.

The judges congratulate the three winners and the other 2013 finalists and would like to thank all entrants this year.

Each of the finalists is in the running for the publically-voted $4,000 Civic Choice Award and voting is now open on the Melbourne Prize website! By voting you have a chance to win a luxury stay at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.

The civic choice award is supported by Readings and Sofitel Melbourne on Collins and will be announced Friday 22 November. You can read more information about the winners and the prizes here.