Lawrence Wei on stage at the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod applauds Lawrence Wei on taking out the winning title in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Awards for Performance Excellence.
Budding instrumentalists between the ages of 11 and 15 who achieved the highest marks in various age-appropriate events across the piano and instrumental solo categories were invited to partake in this prestigious event.
Unlike any other event held by Sydney Eisteddfod, these awards are not selected by a panel of judges, but rather are selected through audience vote. The individual who is able to enthrall the audience with their skill whilst appealing to their collective musical tastes is the one to take out this winning title.
Lawrence performed an incredibly entertaining set, playing David Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody on cello. Lawrence is also an accomplished pianist and French Horn player.
This award was not the first success for Lawrence in 2017, having placed second in the events for 18th Century Piano (15 & Under), Recital Award (13 & 14 Year) and Viola, Cello or Double Bass (19 & Under). He was third in the Brass Instrument (15 & Under) event and was highly commended in the Piano Polyphony and Chopin Piano events for 15 years & Under.
Following closely behind, violinist Victoria Teo was awarded second place for her performance of Pablo de Sarasate's Malagueña, Op 21 No 1 Danza Española. Another violinist, Emily Su, took out third place with her rendition of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, 3rd Movement.
Sydney Eisteddfod would like to thank Lane Cove Council, Lane Cove Music Club and The Pollard Family and Friends for their support and interest in this inspiring event.
Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates Lawrence on this tremendous success and wishes all finalists the best of luck as they continue to refine and develop their musical talents.