25 September 2014
Twelve-year-old Joshua Han of Beaumont Hills will be following in the footsteps of his violinist brother Oscar when he competes against 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. Last year, Oscar scored an impressive victory in this event and Joshua hopes to keep the prize anchored in the family circle for another year. 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.
Joshua started taking piano lessons at the age of four, and since then he has won 14 gold medals at the Sydney Eisteddfod, along with the highly coveted open age Kawai Award. In 2013, he and his brother impressed viewers across the nation as grand finalists in Australia’s Got Talent. Then, almost as if this was not enough, Joshua claimed the Encouragement Award for players aged 18 years and under at the First Korean International Piano Competition.
So far this year, Joshua’s greatest triumph has been winning first prize at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany (15/u) with a score of 9.9/10, the highest mark ever awarded in the history of this competition that has in the past featured world famous pianists Lang Lang and Yu Ja Wang, along with other great talents.
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