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Freddy Branson wins Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso international music competition
Freddy Branson got to play at the home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Picture: Ian Currie
Freddy Branson got to play at the home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Picture: Ian Currie

Freddy Branson wins Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso international music competition

WHEN Freddy Branson joked to his music teacher he wanted to play his beloved flute overseas, she said his best bet would be to win a competition.

So she found him a competition to enter, and much to Freddy’s surprise, he won.

The 11-year-old Camberwell Grammar student had to submit a YouTube clip of himself playing the flute to the Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso international music competition.

He was one of only 40 people from across the world invited to perform at a concert held in the Musikverein in Vienna, the home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Freddy was entered in the under-12 woodwind section and when his mum woke him early one morning before school to tell him he’d won, he couldn’t quite believe it.

“I was so surprised, I really couldn’t comprehend it,” the Year 6 student said.

While Freddy said he had been on overseas holidays to the United States and Asia before, he’d never been to Europe.

Freddy and his family travelled to Europe in September and spent five days in Vienna so Freddy could play the flute and then travelled through Italy, Austria and Germany.

“It was such a good culture and nothing like I’d experience before,” he said.

Freddy has been playing the flute since he was three and said he planned to keep it up well beyond his school years.

“I love performing and sharing my music with others,” he said.

Freddy has also won his age categories in the Boroondara Eisteddfod and the Victorian Flute Guild’s Annual Leslie Barklamb Scholarship prize the past two years.

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