Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award


The Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award is made annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to music in Australia. The award honours the contribution to music in Australia, and overseas, made by the late Sir Bernard Heinze (1894  -1982). Heinze was a musician and conductor who was committed to the public performance of music. For 31 years he was the Ormond Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne.

The Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award recipient receives a medallion and a monetary prize.


1986                 Ruth Alexander                           Music Educator, AYO co-founder

1987                 Sir Frank Callaway                     Music Educator and administrator

1988                 Malcolm Williamson                Composer

1989                 Patrick Thomas                           Conductor

1990                 Beryl Kimber                                Violinist and violin teacher

1991                 John Hopkins                                Conductor and administrator

1992                 Leonard Dommett                     Violinist, conductor and teacher

1993                 Peter Sculthorpe                         Composer

1994                 Yvonne Kenny                              Soprano

1995                 Richard Mills                                Conductor and composer

1996                 Jan Sedivka                                    Violinist and teacher

1997                 Donald Hazelwood                   Violinist and concert master

1998                 Richard Gill                                   Conductor and music educator

1999                 Don Burrows                                 Jazz and swing musician

2000                 John Curro                                      Violist, conductor and music director

2001                 John Painter                                   Cellist

2002                 Stephen McIntyre                       Pianist

2003                 Graeme Koehne                          Composer and music educator

2004                 Richard Divall                              Conductor and musicologist

2005                 Richard Tognetti                         Violinist, composer and conductor

2006                 Graham Abbott                            Conductor, music presenter

2007                 Barry Tuckwell                             Horn

2008                 Richard Bonynge                         Conductor and pianist

2009                 Brett Dean                                       Composer, violinist and conductor

2010                 Simone Young                               Conductor

2011                 Carl Vine                                          Composer

2012                 Roger Covell                                  Musicologist, critic and author

2013                 John Williams                               Guitarist

2014                 Anne Boyd                                      Composer and music educator

2015                 Margaret Kartomi                       Ethnomusicologist and music educator

2016                 Mary Vallentine                           Music Administration      

How to apply

The Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, on the recommendation of a committee known as The Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award Committee, is authorised, on behalf of the University, to make each award.