Vincent Lo wins the Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship

August 22, 2016

Pymble resident Vincent Lo played an incredible performance at the NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship on Friday, August 19, to win an $8,000 prize.

Vincent and five other finalists aged 16 to 25 years performed a concert program of major works of up to 20 minutes in length at the beautiful Sydney Conservatorium of Music to give the audience a fantastic evening of spectacular classical music.

He impressed the judges and captivated the audience with Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata D. 821, Bach's Suite No. 6  – prelude and Klengel's Scherzo in D minor Op. 6.

“We were unanimous in our decision,” explained Adjudicator Marjorie Maydwell.

“It was not only his prowess as a musician but his interpretation of the pieces he performed, he is definitely ready for the next step", she said. 

The finalists were chosen from a pool of 33 entrants who displayed incredible ability with strings (bowed and plucked), woodwind or brass instruments. The Final 6 performers were selected after the preliminary heats (July 1) and Semi-Finals (July 2) to perform for adjudicators Marjorie Maydwell and Maestro Steven Hillinger during the Final on August 19.

Finalists Mitzi Gardner – violin (Newtown), Andrew Blanch – classical guitar (Vaucluse), Amy Huang – violin (Chatswood), Julie Kim – harp (Newington) and Jeffrey Cheah – classical guitar (Queanbeyan) received $400 each for their participating in the event.

Sponsored by Musicus Medicus (the NSW Drs Orchestra) and Musica Viva, the Scholarship had a prize pool of $10,500 for the winner and finalists.

Funds for the scholarship were raised during the annual NSW Drs Orchestra concert on May 15 at the Concourse Concert Hall. This year marked the 7th year of partnership between the NSW Drs Orchestra and Sydney Eisteddfod. More than 80 doctors came together to perform Around The World in 80 Minutes – proceeds were donated to the Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship and the Save Sight Institute.

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