FOUR talented young pianists have earned the opportunity to showcase their musical talents in New York.
Shuan Hern Lee (6) of Dianella, Arielle Lu (6) of Winthrop, Lawrence Ng (9) of Booragoon and Katherine Chen (12) of Dalkeith each won first prize in the Passion for Music 2009 International Piano competition organised by the American Association for Development of Gifted and Talented.
To compete in this competition DVDs of pianists’ performances had to be sent in.
More than 100 children from around the world aged from five to 18 took part.
The four are students of Dianella concert pianist Yoon Sen Lee who is also a senior music examiner/advisor for the Australian Music Examinations Board. Shuan is Mr Lee’s son.
The pint-sized performers will leave tomorrow to prepare for their performance in New York’s Merkin Hall to be held on Sunday May 24.
Their achievements are no reflection of their youth. Shuan is performing at a AMEB grade eight and diploma levels (university levels) Arielle at grade five level, Lawrence, who has only been a student of Mr Lee’s for three years, has completed grade eight with honours and is working on diploma level.
Katherine is learning at diploma level and is a recent music scholarship winner to St Hilda’s Girls School.
Mr Lee said the opportunity to perform in New York was a chance for the pianists to meet agents who could help them pursue their piano career.
“It is a very prestigious piano competition which paves an opening for exceptional prodigies who are serious about taking music as their professional career,” he said. The students would be representing Australia on their trip to New York.
“These are certainly great achievements for these young pianists in Perth and I am very happy with the results,” he said.
“We can also show that the piano performance standards of music in WA is of an international level.”