22 August 2014
On Sunday, August 31, 21-year-old pianist Aaron Liu of Forest Lake will compete in the final round of the Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Carrying a total prize value of $13,500, this scholarship is offered annually and is coveted by the nation’s finest pianists in the16-to-25 age group.
Aaron, who recently completed his Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance (honours) at Griffith University, also received the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence. He is now working for a Master of Music Studies in Performance under the direction of Oleg Stepanov and he has his ambitions focused on a musical career.
Over the years, Aaron has won many awards and prizes, including the Yamaha Youth Piano Competition and the Queensland MTAQ Piano Competition. He has featured in recitals broadcast over ABC Classic FM and 4MBS, and in addition has been selected to participate in the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition.
This year, Aaron will be playing in the final of the Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship for the second time. He also qualified in 2013, and although he missed taking top honours, he received a special $2,500 scholarship from the Matana Foundation for Young People to assist him with his ongoing study costs.
Queensland-trained pianists have an excellent record in the history of this competition, so having already proved he is one of the best, Aaron is poised to start among the frontrunners.
Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information