12 year-old Joshua Zhi, winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Instrumental Awards for Performance Excellence in 2018 has been internationally recognised for his talent in Belgium; St Petersburg and Moscow, Russia; Vienna, Austria; and Sydney, Australia.
Sydney Eisteddfod champion Joshua Zhi began learning to play the piano when he was two years-old and at three, was accepted by Dr Paul Rickard-Ford as his youngest student. His undeniable talent was proven when he was awarded 3rd Place in Sydney Eisteddfod's Piano Solo (7 & Under) event in 2011, when he was just five years-old.
Joshua loves to perform, no matter what the piece of music. In 2018 he won the Sydney Eisteddfod Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Instrumental Awards for Performance Excellence, performing Paderewski’s Nocturne Op.16 No.4 in B flat major and Weber’s Perpetual Mobile Op.24. One of his most proud achievements is winning the First Vienna International Music Competition for Piano – Young Artist in January 2019.
Joshua has been invited to the III International Piano Competition “City of Vigo” (Spain) in April 2019, after being selected out of 400 applicants. This competition has an exciting line-up of judges and critically acclaimed pianists form Brazil, Spain, Venezuala, Hungary and Argentina – including Martha Argerich from Argentina.
Joshua learnt through performing at Sydney Eisteddfod that anything is possible. To others considering entering Sydney Eisteddfod, Joshua says, “keep calm, keep trying and keep challenging yourself”. The ambitious 12-year-old dreams of winning a world-renowned competition next.