Press Release: Talented young local musicians chosen to compete in final event of the 2014 McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod

25 September 2014

Twelve-year- old flautist Airi Fujisaki of Cammeray and 16-year-old oboist Sam Lambert of Mosman will compete with eight other outstanding young musicians 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.

A music scholar at Shore School, Sam won the Double Reed Solo (19 & under) at the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod earlier this year and recently gained his oboe A MusA with distinction. Sam, who also plays the piano, began learning the oboe at six and has been studying with David Papp since 2008. This year, he played both the oboe and cor angalis in the Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonist Program.

Airi, who won the Woodwind Solo for her age group at Sydney Eisteddfod earlier this year, began playing the flute four years ago in the band at her local primary school. Now in Year 7 at Willoughby Girls’ High School, she plays in two bands, and says she will be ever-grateful to her past and present teachers for helping her attain the standard she enjoys today.

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.

For immediate release

Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information