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.

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