Young pianist wins scholarship
PROVING that hard work and dedication pays off, 12-year-old Monique Murphy was the proud recipient of the 2014 Encouragement Award of the Nancy Weir Scholarship, following a successful stint at the recent Mackay Eisteddfod.
The scholarship strives to assist children living outside the Brisbane area whom exhibit outstanding musical talent and wish to pursue musical studies.
At the recent Mackay Eisteddfod, Monique participated in six pianoforte competitions and placed in all sections: bach, modern, electronic piano, Australian composer, grand piano and set solo. Monique was awarded first place four times and also received a second third place.
She was also awarded the Mackay Sugar Co-operative Association Ltd Trophy at the Eisteddfod’s special awards ceremony for being the most deserving competitor for encouragement.
This was the fourth year in a row that Monique received a special award at the Mackay Eisteddfod.
The St Catherine’s Catholic School student said she loves the adrenalin she gets when perform- ing live. “The hard work has paid off [and] it feels fantastic to be able to perform on this fantastic concert grand piano and be out there with the others. It is also nerve wrecking to play in the big theatre in front of the audience. Waiting in the dark, behind the curtains until it is my turn makes my heart beat faster every time,” she said.
She said she is thankful for the patience of piano teachers Betty Atkinson and Kerry Harold and will try her best to obtain a career in the music industry one day.
PETITE PIANIST: 12-year-old Monique Murphy performing her awardwinning Tarantella by Albert Pieczonka on the prestige Steinway Grand Concert Pianoforte at the Mackay Entertainment Centre.