Vincent Lo, winner of the 2016 NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Cellist Vincent Lo emerged victorious on Friday 19 August, winning the 2016 NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship. The event open to musicians between 16 and 25 years of age, also showcased a range of talented violinists, harpists and classical guitarists, however judges Maestro Steven Hillinger and Marjorie Maydwell explained that Vincent's attention to detail and well-ranged repertoire gave him the competitive edge over the other finalists.
Over the years Vincent has competed in various Sydney Eisteddfod events for Cello, notably winning the Instrumental Duo (Any Age) event consecutively in 2014 and 2015. This was his second time competing in the NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship Final, having made it through in 2015 as well.
His winning repertoire included Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata D. 821, Bach's Suite No. 6 – prelude and Klengel's Scherzo in D minor Op. 6, all incredibly difficult and demanding pieces, which according to Adjudicator Marjorie Maydwell he performed "exceptionally".
The judges decision was unanimous she explained, "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".
Although there could only be one winner, finalists Mitzi Gardner (Violin), Andrew Blanch (Classical Guitar), Amy Huang (Violin) , Julie Kim (Harp) and Jeffrey Cheah (Classical Guitar), each received $400 for participating in the event and equally impressed the judges with the high standard they presented.