2021 PianoWinners

Jasmine Lai & Calvin Abdiel take out the 2021 Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarships!

Published: 17/12/2021 10:00am

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, the Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarships took place LIVE, at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood.

The Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Piano Scholarship Final (11-16 Years) made its debut this year on Monday and what a show it was!

Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates JASMINE LAI from Southbank, Victoria, for her victory at the 2021 Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Piano Scholarship on Monday 13 December. 

Jasmine showcased a magnificent performance of Toccata in E minor BWV 914 by J.S. Bach, followed by Étude de Sonorité No.2 by François Morel. The impressive performance saw Jasmine win the first ever Junior Piano Scholarship worth $4000 as well as $1000 cash, sponsored by a Donor through Sydney Eisteddfod.

Jasmine is currently studying piano with Glenn Riddle (previous Winner of our Piano Scholarship in 1982), composition with Tony Gould and marimba with Sergei Golovko. 

Adjudicators Yanghee Kim and Tamara-Anna Cislowska, were taken away by the incredible talent from the four emerging artists. We can't wait to see what they will do next in their young careers.

Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates all the Junior Finalists, Tina Zhang, Ava Pudney and Joshua Zhi on their brilliant performances in the Final. The calibre of talent presented was outstanding, with the younger performers being only 14 years of age. 

The Sydney Eisteddfod Kawai Piano Scholarship Final (17-26 Years) took place on Tuesday, a long-standing event established to discover talented young pianists who can perform at a level required for a professional career. 

Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates CALVIN ABDIEL from Epping, NSW, for his victory at the 2021 Sydney Eisteddfod Kawai Piano Scholarship on Tuesday 14 December.

Calvin performed a spectacular rendition of Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13 by Robert SchumannCalvin's confident performance saw him win the $10,000 Scholarship and $2000 cash, sponsored by Kawai Australia and supplemented by the Estate of the Late John Allison AM.

Calvin Abdiel is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying under Natalia Ricci.

Sydney Eisteddfod wishes Calvin all the best as this prestigious scholarship undoubtedly opens doors in his promising career. 

Adjudicators Dr Katie Zhukov and Vivian Choi congratulated all the Finalists on their performances which were a true joy to watch live, after a second year clouded by the pandemic. 

Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates the Kawai Finalists, Oscar Wong, Joshua Han and Joy Chen on their talent and commitment which shone through during the Final. 


These two prestigious Finals for emerging pianists would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors Kawai Australia, the Estate of the Late John Allison and a Donor through Sydney Eisteddfod, who funded these GREAT events.