Young guns perform Square Edge concert
More than $3000 in prizes will be presented at his year’s Palmerston North Musica Viva Young Performers Scholarship concert.
Nine up-and-coming classical musicians have been selected as finalists, and all will be sharing in the prize pool.
The only thing to be decided is who wins what.
Concert organiser and accompanist Guy Donaldson said there were three finalists in each of the three sections - piano, judged by Professor Robert Hoskins; instrumental judged by Ingrid Culliford; and vocal by Timothy Shirriffs.
Supported by the Palmerston North Rotary Club since 1993, section winners receive $500, while runners-up get $300 and $200.
Chosen from 31 young Manawatu players aged between 11 and 25 years at the preliminary
‘‘The concerts encourage young performers who have achieved at a high standard to perform in front of a live and sympathetic audience.’’ Guy Donaldson
concert on Saturday, September 24, the nine finalists take the stage in the Square Edge Evelyn Rawlins Room on Monday.
‘‘The Musica Viva committee this year inaugurated a discretionary payment of $100 for any performer who in any section narrowly missed selection for the finals. Any such awards will also be announced at the evening,’’ Donaldson said.
The piano finalists are Nathan Soong, Sarah Hunt and Sai Natarajan. Soong is also one of the instrumental finalists performing on the violin, with fellow violinist Enshean Lin and cellist Joanna Dann. The vocalists are soprano Nina Peck, and baritones Read Wheeler and Tyrell Beck.
Donaldson said the musicians had already played during Musica Viva monthly concerts and would be performing pieces from their selection contest in front of the adjudicators.
‘‘The concerts encourage young performers who have achieved at a high standard to perform in front of a live and sympathetic audience.’’
Among the composers featured by the young artists are Faure´, Chopin, Haydn, Dovorak, Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel, Saint-Saens, Strauss, Bach, Kreisler and Schonberg.
Public entry to the final in the Evelyn Rawlins Room is $5.
Cellist Joanna Dann is one of the nine finalists in Monday night’s Musica Viva Young Performers Scholarship concert.