• His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, Jakub Jankowski & Richard Fennell, CFO of Bendigo & Adelaide Bank

2017 Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Award

17 November 2017

Jakub Jankowksi, emerging cellist, composer and conductor, and Elder Conservatorium of Music (University of Adelaide) graduate has been awarded Helpmann Academy’s 2017 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award for best arts graduate, valued at $10,000.

The annual Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award recognises the achievements of a top graduate from South Australia’s tertiary education institutions, and is awarded to an outstanding nominee who demonstrates excellence and commitment to working in their creative field. Nominations are submitted by Department Heads of Helpmann’s partner institutions. In 2017, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank generously doubled their funding for the cash award to $10,000.

The award was presented to Jakub by Richard Fennell, Chief Financial Officer of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, at Helpmann Academy’s 2017 Celebration and Fundraiser held at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, on Thursday 16 November, 2017.

Jakub graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2016 with an Honours in Music (Composition). Even before his graduation, he had won national and international awards, and his success in the music profession since his graduation has been phenomenal.

Professor Charles Bodman Rae (Sir Thomas Elder Professor of Music & Head of Composition at Elder Conservatorium of Music) said that Jakub was widely recognised – at the national level – as perhaps the most outstanding creative musical talent to emerge from anywhere in Australia in the last 40 years.

“He is perhaps the most significant composer to emerge from the Elder Conservatorium of Music since the 1960’s” said Professor Bodman Rae.

Jakub has been identified by Carl Vine AO, director of Musica Viva, as one of Australia’s most special creative talents. This vote of confidence by Vine has been validated by the two major commissions Jakub received in 2017, both of which received their broadcast premieres on ABC Classic FM. Further commissions have already been contracted by some of Australia’s top performing organisations for 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Jakub said that it was an unbelievable honour to be the recipient of the 2017 Bendigo Adelaide Bank Award.

“The young composer’s journey is full of doubts and uncertainties, making the encouragement of this award all the more significant for me – a defiant call to continue further down the path of musical composition,” said Jakub.

Jane MacFarlane, Helpmann Academy CEO, said that Jakub was already in high demand as a composer. “This award will enable him to focus on his practice, and we cannot wait to see what he accomplishes.”

Congratulations Jakub!

The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award is presented in partnership with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

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