Twelve year old pianist Joshua Noronha won first place at the International Russian Rotary Children's Music Competition in Moscow, receiving the prize of US$3000. The competition, held in September 2014, is for children under the age of thirteen. Joshua is the first Australian to win this competition.
Of the many who applied via DVD performances, only fifteen competitors were selected to take part in the semi-finals. Joshua was the only Australian selected. The competition includes strings, wind instruments, harp and piano, all in one section. Joshua performed a twenty minute recital, including a Russian work, at the semi-finals at Gnessin Special School of Music in Moscow. Two violinists, one bassoonist and four pianists were selected for the finals, held the following day. Joshua performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 (first movement) with an orchestra.
This is a wonderful achievement for Joshua's first international competition after winning many local competitions in the past few years and the Bernstein national piano competition in Melbourne in 2012. Congratulations Joshua!
Joshua, who achieved his AMEB Certificate of Performance in 2013, is a student of Yoon Sen Lee.
Lindsay Roberts (Australian Music Examinations Board) (+61 8) 6488 3059