2020 Winner

Elizabeth Younan (1994) is an Australian composer of Lebanese descent from Sydney, who was until recently, living in Philadelphia, USA. Elizabeth was a featured Australian composer of Musica Viva’s 2018 International Concert Season, where her Piano Sonata was premiered by Van Cliburn silver medalist Joyce Yang. The work was subsequently nominated for “Instrumental Work of the Year” at the 2019 Art Music Awards. Accolades include the Jean Bogan Youth Prize for her Five Persian Preludes (2014), the 102.5 Fine Music and Willoughby Symphony Young Composer Award for her Clarinet Concerto (2016), and two Willgoss Prize Commissions, in association with UNSW and USYD (2020). Elizabeth’s work has been performed and broadcast in Australia, Italy, South Korea, the U.K. and the U.S.


Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition with First Class Honours (2015) and a Master of Music (2018) from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied with composer Carl Vine AO as a recipient of the prestigious Australian Postgraduate Award. Elizabeth currently studies as an Artist Diploma student under full scholarship at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she holds the Jimmy Brent Fellowship. She studies with Dr. Jennifer Higdon, Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Richard Danielpour as the second Australian composer in history to be admitted to Curtis

Past Winners


Paper Boats - 2017 Watermark Composition Prize

Emma Greenhill won the 2017 Watermark Composition Competition with her Paper Boats. It was the Kendall National Violin Composition's compulsory work in the final round of the Kendall National Violin Competition in September 2017 and was performed by all four finalists of the competition.

The score for Paper Boats can now be purchased on Emma Greenhill's website https://www.emmagreenhillmusic.com/store

Rhapsody No 2 - 2015 Watermark Composition Prize

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Jonathon Mui won the inaugural 2015 Watermark Composition Competition with his Rhapsody No 2. 

It is the Kendall National Violin Competition's compulsory Australian work for the final round of the competition in September 2016 and will be performed by all four finalists of the competition.