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Fine Arts Trust

(Incorporating the Robert Stolz Music Scholarship)

The Fine Arts Trust sponsors young Australian participants in the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition. Performing for the world’s leading opera managers, directors and agents provides an unparalleled professional experience for young aspiring singers.

The Fine Arts Trust originates from an idea of Apexian Jim Buhringer. He saw a need to support musicians in an area so financially challenging for young Australians.

Commencing in 1980, the trust provides financial support to one chosen young artist to attend the Vienna Conservatorium of Music, one of the world’s premier musical establishments. The trust recognises the work of the world renowned Austrian composer and conductor Robert Stolz.


Robert Stolz with his wife Yvonne

Robert Stolz with his wife Yvonne

Click here to read about Robert Stolz  and his career in brief. 

Since 2014, the Apex Fine Arts Scholarship Trust has awarded a $2,500 scholarship (to go towards airfares and other expenses) to the following young opera singers:

2014 – Lucinda-Mitikata Deacon

2015 – Sam Roberts-Smith

2016 – Samuel Thomas Holland

2017 – Morgan Balfour

2018 – Zoe Drummond

2018 – Genevieve Dickson

2019 – Louise Keast

2019 – Ayako Ohtake

2020 – N/A (due to Covid-19 travel restrictions)