Prodigy Takes Centre Stage

Three young Australians have made their way into the internationally acclaimed Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) held in Townsville this year.

The 10-day festival will feature 133 works of 112 composers from July 23 to August 1.

Among the musicians playing at the event are fourteen-year-old violin prodigy Christian Li (pictured above), violinist Grace Clifford, 22 and pianist Kevin Chow, 24.

“It’s exciting to be able to welcome these superb young musicians to AFCM in July,” AFCM Artistic Director Kathryn Stott said in a media release.

“Grace, Kevin and Christian will each bring their talents to the festival and as we look towards the future. 

“I’m sure that chamber music will be an integral part of their performing lives. It will be wonderful to follow their journeys for many years to come.”

When 14-year-old Li performs, he will make history as the youngest ever artist to do so at the AFCM. 

The teen is used to making history– in 2018, at just 10-years-old, he became the youngest performer to win the junior category of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition. 

Over 30 music-filled years, the AFCM has forged a stunning reputation as one of the best chamber music celebrations worldwide, one that attracts leading music makers and music lovers from all corners of the globe. 

“We are thrilled to welcome these three brilliant young people to Townsville. 

“To witness their performances alongside our other extraordinary musicians will add such wonderful opportunities for exhilarating music-making,” Stott added. 

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