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

25 September 2014 

Fifteen-year-old trumpeter Ben Close of Killara and 12-year-old violinist Andrew Liang of Gordon will compete with eight other outstanding piano and instrumental winners 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.

Andrew Liang is 12-years-old and was born in Nanjing, China. He began playing the violin at the age of six and is now in Year 7 at the Ku-Ring-Gai Creative Arts High School. In 2011, Andrew was selected for The Australian String Academy's special program and now studies with Professor Peter Zhang. He recently won Violin Solo (14/u) at Sydney Eisteddfod, and through this victory performed on MTV for Missy Higgins’ new album. He also plays with the North Sydney Youth Symphony Orchestra and in August, performed a program of Tchaikovsky and Brahms at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Ben began playing the trumpet in the brass band at his local primary school when he was in Year 3. He is now principal trumpet at his high school and also plays with the Ku-ring- gai Youth Orchestra. Ben, who studies with Leanne Sullivan, principal trumpet with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, has bugled at many Anzac Day celebrations and other remembrance events.

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