25 August 2014
On Sunday next, 21-year-old Carlingford pianist Bowen Li will attempt to give his best performance ever when he competes for top honours in the final round of the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship.
Born in Tianjin, China, Bowen migrated to New Zealand in 1996, where he began playing the piano at the age of five. After relocating to Sydney in 2000, Bowen began taking piano lessons with Jia Wang who introduced him to her own teacher the renowned pedagogue Margaret Hair, with whom he now studies. Over the years, Bowen has won many prizes and in 2012 and 2013, he participated as a senior performer in the Kawai Sydney International Piano Masterclass Festival and International Klaviersommer in Cochem, Germany. He recently accepted a place at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, Canada, and will begin studying there in September.
Since its beginning in 1982, the Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship has been attracting the finest young pianists from all over Australia and New Zealand to its stages. Carrying a total prize purse of $13,500 it is always coveted by the best, and over the years it has helped launch many aspiring young artists into successful careers.
The final of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship will take place in the Recital Hall West at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Sunday, 31 July at 2.30pm. Tickets costing $28 (adult) and $23 (concession) include post performance refreshments and can be booked online through the Sydney Eisteddfod website www.sydneyeisteddfod.com.au or by phoning 9261-8366.
Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information