This month, Young Virtuosi presents a range of fascinating programs featuring music from the Fine Music’s Even Younger series, the Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship and the work of our very own Young Composer Award winner for 2016.
Even Younger performers
The 1st broadcast this month features our youngest musicians from the Fine Music Even Younger series which is a program designed to showcase the musical talent of children aged four to 11. The multi-talented and delightful Jessica Hunt is four years old and is both a singer and a pianist with an astonishing mastery of range and pitch for one so young.
Listeners will surely delight in the efforts and accomplishments of all the young aspiring musicians featured in this program.
Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship
On 14 September, the Young Virtuosi program broadcasts the nals of the Allison/ Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship which took place on the 26 August when four incredible young pianists showcased their talents. The finalists, aged 16 to 25 years, presented a complete major work of up to 35 minutes on which adjudicators Ian Munro and Professor Michael Brimer judged their choice of repertoire, presentation, current level of achievement and potential.
In 2015, 23-year-old Victorian pianist David Soo triumphed against formidable competition to win the Scholarship with a colourful and convincing rendition of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No 31 in A Flat major.
His competitors were fellow Victorians 18-year-old Kevin Chow and 22-year-old Nikki Wei, as well as 20-year-old NSW pianist Robbin Reza. For his well-deserved victory, Soo took home a weighty $10,000 scholarship and $2,000 cash prize. Currently studying at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under Glenn Riddle, Soo holds an array of national and international honours to his name, including the Australian National Piano Award and nalist in the 2014 ABC Young Performer of the Year Award. With such a great reservoir of talent and dedication, Soo is set to achieve great things, and has already been accepted to a two- year Master of Music degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
On 21 September, the Young Virtuosi program broadcasts a performance of The North Sydney Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) featuring the second and third place getter from last year’s Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award 2015, Chloe Chung ( ute) and Simon Watts (saxophone). Here they are recorded with the NSSO: Chung plays the Mozart Flute Concerto No 2 in D Major and Watts performs the Tomasi Saxophone Concerto. Included in this broadcast is a performance of Anna da Silva Chen (violin) playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto on the 7 May, with the New South Wales Youth Orchestra (NSWYO).
– Judy Deacon