6 August 2014
After enjoying considerable success as a juvenile pianist and organist, 20-year-old Jonathan Chan of Marsfield has discovered another fascinating instrument in his voice. During his schooldays, he enjoyed singing in choirs and at concerts, but his main interests were firmly anchored in music.
As a musical prodigy, Jonathan often performed in public and won many prizes. He played the mighty Sydney Town Organ at 12, and in 2007 featured as guest artist at the finals of the Sydney Eisteddfod John Lamble Australasian Choral Championships at that venue. As recipient of the prestigious Anthony Wallington Memorial Music Scholarship at St Aloysius College, Milson’s Point, Jonathan held a key role in the school’s musical programs, but until recently, he never considered making a career with his voice.
Now undertaking a degree in music at Sydney University, Jonathan is rapidly gaining reputation as a singer. In recent weeks, he has been testing his vocal talent to great success at the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod. Although he entered without any real expectations, he not only won the Operatic Aria, Lieder and Oratorio contests for his age group, but also secured a place in the final round of the Sydney Eisteddfod Joan Sutherland Memorial Vocal Scholarship (17-20 years).
Singing Schubert’s Fischerweise D881 and ‘Non Piu Andrai’ from Mozart’s Le nozzi di Figaro, he so impressed adjudicators Amelia Farrugia and Camile Mercep, they had no hesitation in awarding him the scholarship. His victory proved popular and since then, the competition organisers have asked him to feature as guest artist at the Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship final.
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