Sydney Eisteddfod is pleased to announce Heesoo Kim, Cellist from Chippendale as the Winner of the 2022 Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship.
30 of Australia’s talented young instrumentalists aged 16-26 competed over the last month in the heats and semi-finals for the opportunity to be selected as one of the five instrumental finalists. The Final was held on Wednesday, 3 August, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.
The five finalists took to the stage to perform a concert program of major works and played a broad range of instruments; clarinet, cello, violin and harp. Each finalist displayed incredible talent and skilled technique in their performance.
Heesoo Kim, accompanied by pianist Alexander Yau, captivated the audience with her performance of György Ligeti: Sonata for Solo Cello, ii. Capriccio, Cesar Franck: Sonata in A major (for Cello & Piano) transcribed by Jules Delsart, iii. Recitativo-Fantasia. Ben moderato — Molto lento, and Gaspar Cassadó: Danse du diable vert - Dance of the Green Devil.
Heesoo received the significant prize of $8,000, consisting of a $6,000 Scholarship and a $2,000 cash prize sponsored by the NSW Doctors Orchestra - Musicus Medicus.
Heesoo Kim commented on what inspires her musical career:
“what made me pursue a musical career was the adrenaline rush that I got on stage of creating and presenting an artwork but also the beautiful process of self-discovery and learning that came with it every day, which made me look forward to getting up in the morning. Now it has come to a point that playing the cello has become my identity, as my whole world revolves around it.”
The Second Scholarship was awarded to Anna Chung, Clarinettist from Cherrybrook. Anna received a $2,500 scholarship and a $500 cash prize, sponsored by The Brian Shearman Memorial Trust Fund, established by his Family & Friends.
Anna Chung, accompanied by pianist Katherine Shin, performed Béla Kovács: Shalom Aleichem, RovFeidman, Gioachino Rossini: Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra, and André Messager: Solo de concours.
Anna Chung is a second-time finalist in this event; she was a finalist in 2019. Anna remarked on how it feels to be back on stage performing live.
“It is definitely more nerve-wracking standing on a stage again after 2 years of not performing in front of an audience. I've developed a deeper appreciation for performing, and wish to move people through my playing as I've matured more as a musician.
The Sydney Eisteddfod has played a huge role in enabling me to obtain amazing opportunities, and for this, I will be forever grateful.”
The remaining finalists, Tina Ma from Penshurst, David Carreon from Connells Point, and Ava Pudney from Cremorne, received $500 each, sponsored by the NSW Doctors Orchestra - Musicus Medicus.
Adjudicators Caron Chan, James Fortune and Barry Warmsley were impressed by the high calibre of performances in this year's Instrumental Scholarship.
The guest artists for the evening were Anna Da Silva Chen, the 2013 Winner and Samuel Hooper, the first ever winner of the Most Promising Young String Player Award.
Two finalists, David Carreon and Ava Pudney, were invited to compete in the ‘2022 Fine Music Young Virtuoso State Award Final’ on Sunday, 9 October 2022, at The Founders Studio, Fine Music Sydney 2MBS.
Sydney Eisteddfod applauds Heesoo Kim and Anna Chung for their exceptional performances! Congratulations to all other finalists, Tina Ma, David Carreon and Ava Pudney, on their brilliant performances.
From left to right – Sponsors Cathy Fraser, Don Shearman, Christine Shearman and performers Anna Chung Second Place, Heesoo Kim Winner, Ava Pudney Finalist, Tina Ma Finalist and David Carreon Finalist.
Top image from left to right - Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC, QC, Governor of NSW with Heesoo Kim Winner and Anna Chung Second Place.