Aussie violin winner pledges her prize to minority composers

Aussie violin winner pledges her prize to minority composers


norman lebrecht

November 26, 2021

The violinist Kyla Matsuura-Miller, winner of an Australian national prize, has committed to use the A$21,000 prize for the benefit of composers who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC).

Kyla, 28, said: ‘To be able to shine a light on BIPOC Australians and commission compositions from this community is a huge privilege and responsibility- one that I do not take lightly. It is an opportunity to share new, unheard stories on such a large platform that will leave a legacy for others to be seen and included in the Australian classical music scene.’


  • Bone says:

    I can get behind this kind of woke virtue signaling. If only all Hollywood actors, pro athletes, and liberal billionaires in America would follow suit and donate a percentage of their salaries to worthy BIPOC organizations…

    • V.Lind says:

      Will Smith apparently donated, from his own (extraordinary) salary for King Richard, a bonus to all his fellow actors –regardless of race, though the majority in it, given the subject, were black — as it seems they lost earnings due to the simultaneous release to cinemas and a streaming service.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Music in the service of social justice. Let’s hope it will work.

    And about minorities: do people with nose rings also count as such? Do they suffer discrimination in Australia when such ornamentation is not accepted by employers, hospital staff, supermarkets?

  • Peter says:

    Blacks only is the new Whites only. (And you get paid for it!!)

  • marcus says:

    of course she does.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    28 years of age is rather late in the day for this kind of prize.

  • Patrick Gillot says:

    She reminds me a bit of Nigel Kennedy.

    • John Borstlap says:

      There is a rumor that she IS Nigel Kennedy in disguise, trying to start his career all over and avoid the mistakes he made.

  • Anon says:

    How incredibly virtuous of her!

  • Terence says:

    The judging panel was three women. The finalists were three women and one man.

    Would this be accepted if the genders were reversed?

    I don’t suggest Kyla shouldn’t have won but perceived bias is an issue these days … or is it only when minorities don’t win?

  • Cfprcy says:

    She looks like one of those “save the world” activists. Does she also play only non-white classical music?

  • Freewheeler says:

    In Australia, all grants and art prizes go to Lefty recipients, because all the artsy-money-giving committees are controlled by Lefties. It’s been this way for decades now.

  • Go Kyla says:

    What on earth is wrong with the majority of people commenting on this article? Shameful comments honestly.

    Congratulations Kyla and all the best with the project!