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Leanne Yang Jin is the Piano Woman! Winner of Sydney Eisteddfod's 2019 Piano Scholarship


Published: 12/08/2019 11:00am

"The Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship is such an exciting event in the Sydney Eisteddfod, as four talented pianists perform a long standard concert work that is typically the very pinnacle of piano repertoire. This final round is very special as the long concert works allow we audiences to hear the pianist's artistic personality and how they communicate their connection to the music." - Alexander Yau, Winner of the 2018 Piano Scholarship

Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates Leanne Yang Jin for her victory at the 2019 Sydney Eisteddfod Kawai Piano Scholarship, after a most magnificent performance at Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Friday 9 August.

Leanne gave an impressive performance that adjudicator Vivian Choi said, "came from the soul" and saw her win the $10,000 Scholarship and $2,000 cash, sponsored by Kawai Australia.

Leanne says, "As a pianist I can give full flight to my imagination in exploring this vast canvas of tone and colour! "

Leanne is currently completing her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying with Natalia Ricci and most recently won the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in July this year.

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

Winner of the 2018 Piano Scholarship Alexander Yau says, "Winning this scholarship competition helped me immensely in funding my studies in New York at the Juilliard School, which is a huge privilege. I wish the finalists of 2019 Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship lots of success in the near future and always keep working hard for the sake of classical music."

This opportunity for emerging pianists would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors Kawai Australia and The Estate of the Late John Allison who funded the scholarship.

Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates our other finalists, Nicholas Kennedy, Calvin Abdiel and Jake Cheong  on their brilliant performances in the the Final. The calibre of talent among all finalists in 2019 was higher than ever before and all should be proud of their achievements.


Kawai Australia representatives Mr Tetsuya Yamamoto & Warrick Baker with Her Excellency, The Honorable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW, Leanne Yang Jin, Nicholas Kennedy, Jake Cheong, Calvin Abdiel, adjudicator Vivian Choi and Louise Allison

Two finalists, Leanne Yang Jin and Calvin Abdiel were also chosen as state finalists in the Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award State Final in October. We wish them luck!