14 July 2014
Although Joshua Han will not celebrate his twelfth birthday until August, he has already made his mark as one of the finest pianists in Sydney by winning the open age Kawai Piano Award at McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod. Joshua scored his victory playing Tarantella in B flat Major by Franz Liszt with what adjudicator Erzsebet Marosszeky described as ‘poise and extremely elegant phrasing.’
Apart from the Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship, that is open to pianists aged between 16 and 25 years, the Kawai Piano Award is widely regarded as the most prestigious event in the piano category. Joshua greatly enjoys testing his skills in adult company. When, as a tiny 10-year-old, he played his way into the final last year, some attributed his success to ‘the cute factor,’ but there was nothing cute about his performance this year. He won on his own merit after impressing Ms Marosszeky with his outstanding presentation.
Over the past three years, Joshua has collected many prizes on the Sydney Eisteddfod platform and this year was no exception In addition to his triumph in the Kawai Piano Award, he also won the Piano Polyphony, along with the 18th and 19th Century Piano events for his age group.
Although essentially a solo performer, Joshua has shared many victories with his elder brother Oscar whom he accompanies in violin events. Last year, he and Oscar entertained the nation as grand finalists in the Australian reality television show Australia’s Got Talent on the Seven Network.
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