9 September 2019

The Helpmann Academy, in partnership with JazzSA, is delighted to announce trumpet player, Max Grynchuk as the recipient of the 2019 Mike Stewart Memorial Award.

Max was presented with both the Keith & Susie Langley Memorial Award for Best Overall Honours Graduate (valued at $7,500) and the Mike Stewart Memorial Award (valued at $10,000) at the recent Helpmann Academy Jazz Awards at the Hilton Adelaide on Friday, September 6.

Max completed his Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) with First Class Honours in 2018 and has performed with the Royal Australian Navy Band SA, the Mike Stewart Big Band and the Hilltop Hoods horn section at festivals all over Australia.

Max will be using the $10,000 award to record a full-length studio album of his original big band compositions, using an ensemble made up entirely of Elder Conservatorium graduates. The album will then be launched at an event in Union Hall.

“These awards motivate me to continue working hard, and to develop my craft as best I can. The financial aspect of the awards also enables me to take huge steps forward in my career. It has been a dream of mine to record my own big band album since I was about 15, and now that I have been handed the opportunity and funding to do it, I am very eager it make it happen.” 

Image: Chris Baker, Chair of Jazz SA and Max Grynchuk. Photo by Lauren Connelly.

The Mike Stewart Memorial Award is presented in partnership with Jazz SA.