Having spent her childhood years sleeping underneath the piano to the sounds of classical music, there was no doubt Lily would grow to love and pursue music. She was gifted her first violin for her 6th birthday, and has since gained a reputation as one of the most promising young violinists in Australia. In 2017, Lily is pleased to be studying in her second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under Robin Wilson and Sophie Rowell.
Lily has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the country, such as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. She was a grand finalist in the 2015 ABC Symphony Australia’s Young Performers Awards, winning the audience choice award, the prize for best recital, as well as the Nelly Apt Scholarship. In other competitions, Lily has simultaneously been awarded top prizes alongside numerous audience choice awards in competitions including the 2015 NSW Doctors Scholarship for Instrumentalists, the Australian Open and Vocal Competition, and the Melbourne Recital Centre Bach Competition. Having a lust for travel, she is a graduate of the Summer Mastercourse at Keshet Eilon in Israel, and hopes to return there later this year.
A keen chamber musician, Lily has performed a variety of chamber music amongst professional musicians at music festivals such as the Bangalow Music Festival and The Huntington Estate Music Festival. She has also recorded for various radio stations including the ABC, 4MBS and 3MBS.
2017 highlights include being selected to be the concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra, as well as the AYO’s Advanced Chamber Music programme. Lily also looks forward to solo engagements with various orchestras around the country, including the Willoughby Symphony.
"Higson-Spence’s bravura solos were mesmerising. Her violin had a pure tone, precisely controlled yet volcanic underneath. Sometimes the violin, singing its heart out, was lyrical and reflective, melancholic and passionate, at other times the violin darted about at a blistering pace.” – Sydney Arts Guide on Lily Higson-Spence’s performance with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra (March 2017). Click here to read the full review
Student Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Mary and Arnold Bram, Arnis Dzedins, Kingsley Gee, Jerry and Marlene Koliha, Stuart Kollmorgen, Kerry Landman, Traudl Moon, Richard O’Dwyer, Rob Piaggio, Jenny Lee and Igor Zambelli
Lily plays an A.E. Smith violin, purchased for ANAM with the support of Janet Holmes à Court AC, Gilbert George, Peter Ingram, and a WA fundraising syndicate
Image by Pia Johnson