Celebrating the high achievers of 2020


We warmly congratulate the candidates who successfully completed a diploma examination in 2020. Certificates were presented at the AMEB Hawthorn Studios on 30 June and 1 July, as it was not possible to hold a formal conferring ceremony this year.

The names of the 121 diplomates who were awarded an Associate, Licentiate or Rockschool Diploma may be found here.

Four musicians were presented with multiple diplomas:

Yan Ning Ho, AMusA (Piano) and AMusA (Violin)
Tiffany Chen-Yu Pai, AMusA (Piano) and AMusA with Distinction (Cello)
Gregory James Peterson, AMusA and LMusA (Orchestration and Arrangement)
Emily Ling Xi Wu, LMusA (Piano) and LMusA with Distinction (Cello)

A number of Special Awards and Prizes were awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement in AMEB examinations in 2020.

The Australian String Teachers’ Association has made available an Award for a Victorian candidate who has successfully presented for an AMEB diploma examination in Viola and who has completed the prescribed additional requirement. The recipient of the 2020 AUSTA Award was James Henry Miles, LMusA with Distinction (Viola).

The Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) Victoria Award is made to the outstanding candidate for the Associate Teacher of Music, Australia. The recipient of the 2020 ASME (Victoria) Award was Maria-Teresa Russo, ATMusA (Piano).

A Special Award has been established in honour of Leslie Barklamb, in acknowledgement of his contribution to the Australian Music Examinations Board. It is awarded to a Flute candidate, aged 23 years and under, who demonstrates exceptional performance skills and satisfies the additional requirement in Theory. The recipient of the 2020 Leslie Barklamb Flute Award was Frederick Charles Peter Branson, AMusA with Distinction (Flute)

The Elizabeth Stainkamph Memorial Prize has been instituted in perpetuity and is open for competition each year. The Prize is awarded to the candidate who achieves the best combined result in Eighth Grade Piano and Fourth Grade Theory of Music at the one examination. The recipient of the 2020 Elizabeth Stainkamph Memorial Prize was Matthew Enli Wong, AMusA (Violin).

The Victorian Music Teachers’ Association sponsors an award for the candidate who achieves the highest result in Sixth Grade Theory of Music. The recipient of the 2020 V.M.T.A. Theory Award was Tiffany Chen-Yu Pai, AMusA (Piano) and AMusA with Distinction (Cello).

Yan Ning Ho, AMusA (Piano) and AMusA (Violin)
Yan Ning Ho, AMusA (Piano) and AMusA (Violin)
Gregory James Peterson, AMusA and LMusA (Orchestration and Arrangement)
Emily Ling Xi Wu, LMusA (Piano) and LMusA with Distinction (Cello)
James Henry Miles, LMusA with Distinction (Viola), winner of the AUSTA Viola Award.
Maria-Teresa Russo, ATMusA (Piano), winner of the ASME Award.
Frederick Charles Peter Branson, AMusA with Distinction (Flute), winner of the Leslie Barklamb Flute Award.
Matthew Enli Wong, AMusA (Violin), winner of the Elizabeth Stainkamph Memorial Prize.
Tiffany Chen-Yu Pai, AMusA (Piano) and AMusA with Distinction (Cello), winner of the VMTA Theory Award.
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