City mu­sic fes­ti­val ends on high note

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

MU­SI­CIANS from all over the world de­scended upon Townsville for the pres­ti­gious, five- day, Aus­tralian Con­certo and Vo­cal Com­pe­ti­tion.

Artists from Moscow, Poland, New Zealand, South Korea and around Aus­tralia took to the stage com­pet­ing in vo­cal, in­stru­men­tal and school age sec­tions. The com­pe­ti­tion wrapped up on Tues­day night with pi­anist Arthur James Athan, from Mel­bourne, tak­ing out the top gong.

Com­pe­ti­tion di­rec­tor Carol Dall’Osto said this year’s com­pe­ti­tion con­cluded on “a very high note”.

“The three works per­formed in the con­cert in­cluded the as­ton­ish­ing 16year- old vi­o­lin­ist Josephine Chung, who per­formed the Vi­o­lin Con­certo in A mi­nor by Dmitri Shostakovich,” Ms Dall’Osto said.

“The even­tual win­ner was the pi­anist Arthur James Athan, with Josephine Chung placed sec­ond and Jo Dee Yeoh ( pic­tured) placed third, with Arthur also win­ning the Au­di­ence Choice Award.”

Ms Dall’Osto said 11- year- old mu­si­cal prodigy Benett Tsai, from Syd­ney, won three awards.

“( He) en­tered all three in­stru­men­tal sec­tions, win­ning the Young Per­form­ers Sec­tion, plac­ing sec­ond in the Pi­ano and In­stru­men­tal Sec­tion and then per­formed the Cello Con­certo in the pre­lim­i­nary Stage of the Open In­stru­men­tal Sec­tion.

“We look for­ward to hear­ing more of this young man in the fu­ture.”

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