David Soo on stage at the 2015 McDonald's Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod commends 23-year-old Victorian pianist David Soo for his well-deserved victory at the Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship on the Friday 28th August. He took home a weighty $10,000 scholarship and $2,000 cash prize.
David triumphed against some formidable competition in the Final from fellow Victorians 18-year-old Kevin Chow and 22-year-old Nikki Wei, as well as 20-year-old NSW pianist Robbin Reza.
On the night, adjudicators Yoon Sen Lee and Katherine Austin stated that they were looking for both personality and communication in performance. David rose to the challenge and gave a colourful and convincing rendition of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No 31 in A Flat major.
Currently studying at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under Glenn Riddle, David holds an array of national and international honours to his name, including the Australian National Piano Award and being a finalist in the 2014 ABC Young Performer of the Year Award.
With such a great reservoir of talent and dedication, David is set to achieve great things, and has already been accepted to a two-year Master of Music degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Sydney Eisteddfod looks forward to hearing the new heights that David can reach!
The Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship will be broadcast on Fine Music 102.5 FM’s Young Virutosi hour on September 9.