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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.

The recipient of the Fine Arts grant for the year 2014-2015 is Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon, a 29 year old soprano based in Sydney who has recently returned from study in the USA with Sheri Greenawald (San Francisco) and Deborah Birnbaum (New York).

“Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon is one of this year’s talented finalists………Sun Herald””

Lucinda-Mirikata is a graduate of the National Opera Studio, London where she studied with Elizabeth Connell and Iris Dell’Acqua and performed with Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and for Glyndebourne Education singing the roles of Mimi and Countess Almaviva. Lucinda-Mirikata also has a Masters in Opera from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where she studied with Rudolph Piernay.

Lucinda-Mirikata is a Wingate Scholar and has recieved awards from the Tait Memorial Trust, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Sybil Tutton Award of the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Opera & Arts Support Group of Sydney as well as the Eileen Goddard Memorial Bursary.

Lucinda-Mirikata was the winner of the 2009 Bruce Millar/Gullivar Prize, Scotland and was the runner up in the 2005 Australian Singing Competition later winning their Tinkler Award in 2007. She won the Joan Sutherland Vocal Scholarship (2004) and the Marya Baudish Award of the Joan Sutherland Society (2008), the Joan Carden Award (2005), the Elsa Stralia Award of the Sydney Savage Club (2004) and the Paul Worthington Prize of the Opera and Arts Support Group of Sydney (2007).

Robert Stolz with his wife Yvonne

Robert Stolz with his wife Yvonne

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

Lucinda-Mirikata was selected to attend the final rounds in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, held in Dusseldorf in 2014, with the Apex Foundation assisting with her travel expenses.

In her letter to the Apex Foundation she says,

“I am writing to express my sincerest gratitude to the members of the board of the Apex Foundation for the wonderful work that you do and in particular, for your support of my participation in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition earlier this
month in Düsseldorf, Germany.

It was an enormously valuable experience both on a personal and professional level and I am pleased to say that through my performance there, I was able to attract the attention of a woman who runs a festival for young voices in Switzerland, where I have been offered to go and sing in September. A number of other contacts were made and I was also mentioned in the newspaper!

I was very fortunate to have been selected through the Australian auditions to participate to the extent that I was able and hope to be involved again next year if I can.

Best Wishes,

Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon”