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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.
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)