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David Thomp­son seek­ing provincewide sup­port for na­tional pi­ano con­test

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David Thomp­son in na­tional pi­ano con­test.

He loves tick­ling the ivories and the P.E.I. teen’s hope in a na­tional pi­ano con­test is count­ing on Is­lan­ders to help him by tick­ling the on­line “vote” but­ton.

David Thomp­son is a 17-yearold high school stu­dent who has en­tered the CBC Pi­ano Hero con­test and is cur­rently ninth place.

But he’s hop­ing to win if he has enough fam­ily, friends and Is­land sup­port­ers who will go on­line and vote for him be­fore the con­test closes Thurs­day at 3 p.m.

“I’ve been play­ing since I was six and I love mu­sic,” said the Grade 12 stu­dent be­fore sit­ting down and of­fer­ing up a boo­gie woo­gie at the fam­ily home.

The con­test re­quires con­tes­tants to send in a video of them per­form­ing a piece of mu­sic. Thomp­son se­lected a song by Nor­we­gian clas­si­cal com­poser Ed­vard Grieg and ad­mits it was daunting.

“I can’t re­mem­ber how many times I had to start the video over and over again to com­plete it with no mis­takes,’’ he laughs.

The only Is­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the top 10 most-viewed videos as of Tues­day, he has a chance to be named Canada’s favourite am­a­teur clas­si­cal pi­anist.

The win­ner gets an upright pi­ano cour­tesy of Stein­way Pi­ano Gal­leries of Canada plus a trip for two to Mon­treal to make a pro­fes­sional mu­sic video, a pri­vate pi­ano les­son with mu­si­cian David Jal­bert and at­ten­dance at a con­cert by l’Orchestre Métropoli­tain, in­clud­ing the op­por­tu­nity to per­form a pre-con­cert solo.

“I have a lot of friends help­ing me, but it would be awe­some if the en­tire prov­ince helped me out.”

Any­one can vote once a day, ev­ery day un­til 3 p.m. Jan. 28. Thomp­son per­formed his piece at the Hill­crest United Church. It can be viewed at http://pi­ano2016.strutta.com/en­try/9972503 or search for pi­ano hero 2016 and fol­low links.

STEVE SHAR­RATT/THE GUARDIAN

David Thomp­son needs Is­land help if he hopes to win the CBC Pi­ano Hero con­test for 2016.

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