Press Release: 11-year-old Granville pianist to compete in closing event of the 2014 McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod

25 September 2014

Kenneth Tong, who celebrates his twelfth birthday later this month will compete with nine other outstanding piano and instrumental winners from the recent Sydney Eisteddfod in the Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Awards for Performance Excellence on 7 October. Hosted by Lane Cove Music at the Lane Cove-Mowbray Anglican Church, this final play- off between the top 10 junior musicians will bring the 2014 festival to a close.

The youngest of the 10 outstanding finalists, Kenneth began studying the piano in 2010,
and now as a scholarship student of Dr Paul Rickard-Ford, he is a member of Sydney Conservatorium’s Rising Stars program, and busily preparing to take his LMusA piano diploma. Kenneth has been competing in major eisteddfods since 2012, and in February this year, he attended the European Piano Teacher’s Associations Piano Competition for Young pianists in Belgium, where he won Category 2 for players aged 14 years and under. He also enjoys playing the clarinet and plans to take his clarinet AMusA next year.

Now in its sixth year, the Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Awards for Performance Excellence are sponsored by the family of Emeritus Professor Alfred Pollard of Macquarie University who served as chairman of Sydney Eisteddfod from 1995 until his death in 2000.

Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information