Press release: Northern District Cellist wins Award for young instrumentalists

12 October 2017

On Tuesday 3rd October, 13-year-old Lawrence Wei from Beecroft won the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Alf & Pearl Pollard Memorial Instrumental Awards for Performance Excellence.

Budding instrumentalists between the ages of 11 and 15 who achieved the highest marks in piano and instrumental events in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod were invited to partake in this prestigious event.

The awards were established to encourage the serious study of musicianship and are a legacy left by the late Alf and Pearl Pollard, who were lovers of music and the arts and keenly aware of the joy that music brings to an audience.

Lawrence earned his place in the awards by placing second in the Viola, Cello or Double Bass (19 & Under) in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod.

He also placed second in the events for 18th Century Piano (15 & Under) and Recital Award (13 & 14 Year) as well as third in the Brass Instrument (15 & Under) event and was highly commended in the Piano Polyphony and Chopin Piano events for 15 years & Under.

Lawrence won the award with his performance of David Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody on cello, however he is also an accomplished pianist and French Horn player.

He out performed 10 other finalists to take home a cash prize of $1000.

Lawrence says that participating in Sydney Eisteddfod is an opportunity for young performers to share their music in front of an audience.

“Sydney Eisteddfod provides wonderful opportunities for artists, of any age, to develop their performance skills. The final result is not what matters, but what is truly important is the valuable experience of playing on stage.” he said.  

“Without the organization and its generous donors and supporters, young performers will not have the rewarding opportunities of sharing their music in front of an audience, receiving insightful feedback and learning from other talented competitors.” he said.

This event would not be possible without support from Lane Cove Council, Lane Cove Music Club and The Pollard Family and Friends. 

Victoria Teo from Turramurra was awarded second place and Emily Su from Chatswood was awarded third place.

The other finalists that performed on the night were Madison Au (Kurraba Point), Matthew Brice (Castle Hill),  Beatrice Colombis (Balmain), Rebecca Colwell (Rosebery), Joshua Han (Beaumont Hills), Kalan Rossiter (Forestville) and Jeremy Sun (Chapel Hill, QLD).

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* Sydney Eisteddfod is a not-for-profit organisation that runs one of the most successful competitive performing arts festivals of its type in the world. We have an average of 350 events yearly with competitors coming mostly from NSW/ACT but also from other states and New Zealand.