Young artistes shine in regional violin competition
THE INAUGURAL EUROASIA VIOLIN COMPETITION Competition (EVC) 2015 goes further in search of talented young artistes and music enthusiasts.
Inaugurated in 2013, the competition is the third edition of the Euroasia Competition series organised by the Euroasia Association of Performing Arts.
According to its president Angel Lee, the series was established for the main purpose of providing a platform for young musicians to expose themselves to international standards of music competition.
“This year, we decided to bring the competition to several states and regions out of Kuala Lumpur so that we can benefit more music enthusiasts in the country,” she said when met by The Borneo Post SEEDS at a prize-giving ceremony for a regional round held here at Merdeka Palace Hotel and Suites that saw a total of 40 music enthusiasts took part in the competition on July 26.
There are two categories in the Euroasia Violin Competition – Open and Young Artist – and is open to all participants of all nationalities aged 24 years and below.
The Open Category is aimed at celebrating musical achievement at the regional level, while the Young Artist Category has two rounds, the regional-level Preliminary Rounds, and the national-level Final Round.
The regional rounds kicked off in Johor Bahru (July 4), before going on to different venues including Kuantan (July 12), Kuching (July 26), Penang (August 2), Kuala Lumpur (August 8) and will end in Seremban on August 9.
“We will end this series of competition with the Young Artist Category Final Round to be held in Seremban on August 23,” she added.
During the Kuching regional round, participants were divided into several divisions including Novice (8 years old and below), Junior (12 years old and below), Youth (17 years old and below), and Senior (24 years old and below).
They were judged based on technical aspects, expressive quality of interpretation, and most importantly, absolute musicianship of performance.
Tan Yii Jie won a silver prize in the Young Artist Category.
The novice division in the Open Category saw Natasha Francesca Paran and Rachel Wong Yee Yen receive the Gold Prize. Meanwhile, Anastacia Wong Kai Xuan, and Ashley Wang Sze Mei won gold prizes in the same category at Junior and Youth Division, respectively.
As for the Silver Prize in the Open Category, Russell Matthew Khoo Khee Feng and Dylan Loi Wing Hong named the winners for the Novicee Division. Dziyad Danial Dzamaluddin, David Ngui Kuok Hao, and Oscar Tiong Yu Jun won it for the Junior Division, while Jarrett Chin Qi Ren, Clement Liew Zi Chong, and Alyssa Ng Tse Hui won it for the Youth Division.
Bronze winners in the Open Category for Novice Division include Dzidane Zikri Dzamaluddin, Aidan Hsiung Yu Xiang, Shaqeel Mirza Samsuri, Xander Tiang Soon Li, and Michelle Ting Chiong Sung. Meanwhile for the Junior Division, Hanis Ester Adenan, Chan Xia Tian, Nicole Kueh Shian Maun, Tan Yii Jie, Alicia Marwa Yap Si Ling, Yap Chi Shien, and Hailey Jordan Yong Wei Zia were named the winners.
Yeo Lip Siang was named the winner for Bronze Prize in the Open Category for Senior Division.
The prizes of Open Category are awarded regionally that includes certificate of participation, award certificates as well as gold, silver, and bronze trophies.
Meanwhile, for the Young Artist Category, the prizes include certificate of participation as well as gold or silver trophies. As for the finals, they will receive a certificate of participation, award certificate, gold, silver or bronze trophies, and a pedi violin case (PAA11100/P320V). There will also be an individual masterclass with the Euroasia Youth Music Festival 2015 Faculty up for grabs.
Lee hopes that through this competition, it will help to promote and develop local performing arts through intercultural and international collaborative efforts to educate, enhance and enrich the cultural vitality of the arts.
“We want to ensure that such platform is available for local music enthusiasts around the country to get involved in many musical activities.
“It is also hoped that through this competition we will be able to recognise talents at various stages of their musical development and identify those who can project an all-balanced state of creativity, imagination in choice of repertoire and artistic excellence,” she added.
Also attending the prize-giving ceremony were musical director and principal conductor of the National Symphony Malaysia who is also the head jury of the competition Mustafa Fuzer Nawi, Malaysia National Consultant for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Ryan Lewis, and Regional Manager of Trinity College London U-Jin Lim.
For more information, contact the association via email at [email protected] or official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EuroasiaAssociationMalaysia.
Alternatively, keep updated by logging on to www.euroasia.org.my, www.euroasiacompetition.com, and www.euroasiayouthmusic.com.