The finalists for the 2019 Kawai Piano Scholarship have been announced, with Jake Cheong, Calvin Abdiel, Leanne Jin and Nicholas Kennedy competing for the $12, 000 first prize at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on August 9.
Two of the finalists will also be invited to compete in the 2019 Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award in October, which will be broadcast on Fine Music 102.5, while the three runners up will receive $500 each. Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, in consultation with their Artistic Director Dr Nicholas Milton AM or a representative, may offer one of the finalists a professional engagement with the WSO in the next two years.
The Sydney Eisteddfod Kawai Piano Scholarship, which has an impressive 37-year history, aims to discover and nurture the talents of young and up-and-coming pianists from the ages of 16 to 25. The prizes are sponsored by Kawai Australia and The Estate of the Late John Allison AM and first prize is split into a $2000 cash prize and a $10, 000 scholarship for contestants to further their piano careers overseas. This year’s four finalists are all students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.