Young performers take the prizes
Prizemoney to the value of $3200 was awarded to top young classical performers at last week’s Palmerston North Musica Viva Young Performers Scholarship concert.
The competition final saw first place prizes of $500 awarded to baritone Read Wheeler in the vocal section, cellist Joanna Dann in the instrumental section, and in the piano section to Sarah Hunt.
Wheeler sang numbers by Michael Head, Richard Strauss, Faure and Gounod. Dann also performed music by Faure along with Saint-Saens and Ligeti, while Hunt played works by JS Bach, Mozart and Chopin
First runners-up Nina Peck - soprano, violinist Enshean Lin and pianist Nathan Soong each received $300. Nathan, who is 11 and was the youngest performer in the competition, picked up a further $200 for placing third in the instrumental section for his violin playing, with baritone Tyrell Beck and pianist Sai Natarajan also third in their categories.
Musica Viva’s Ruth Trethewey said the concert in the Evelyn Rawlins Room played to a capacity house
‘‘It’s a big event in the lives of the young musicians, and the adjudicators said the standard was very high.’’
Two further discretionary prizes of $100 were awarded to pianist Matthew Brennan and flautist Abigail Koolaard for their playing in the preliminary concert which attracted 31 young musicians.
The Musica Viva Young Performers Scholarship has been supported by the Palmerston North Rotary Club since 1993.
Musica Viva Young Performers Scholarship winners (from left to right) Read Wheeler - vocal, Joanna Dann - instrumental, and Sarah Hunt - piano.