Shuan Hern Lee, at 12 years old, is the youngest applicant to win the AMP Tomorrow Fund Award for 2014 with a goal to inspire more young people to appreciate classical music. Shuan Hern is one of just 47 inspirational Australians selected from 5600 applications to be named AMP 'Tomorrow Makers'. The winners - including writers, medical researchers, dancers, inventors, disability advocates, social innovators, athletes and adventurers - received AMP Tomorrow Fund grants to help them take their dreams to the next stage and make a difference in our community.
The AMP Foundation Board flew Shuan Hern, with father and teacher Yoon Sen Lee, to Sydney for the Winners' Dinner at the Sydney Town Hall, where 26 of the winners received their awards. Shuan Hern gave a solo piano performance during the dinner to more than 300 guests. He also accompanied an opera singer, Bree Meara Hendy from Queensland - another winner.
Shuan Hern was just two when he climbed onto a piano stool for his first lesson. By nine he became the youngest person to gain an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College London - the first of many national and international accolades. Now 12, he has performed in Poland, the UK, Ukraine, Russia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan and stole the show on Australia's Got. Next year he will give a solo recital in Vienna and two major US piano Talent competitions. A cellist, composer and singer, he wants to inspire more young people to appreciate classical music.
Congratulations Shuan Hern on this latest achievement!
Read the fascinating stories of the 2014 AMP Tomorrow Makers and you will be inspired to see how many Australians are working so hard to make the world a better place for us to live!
Lindsay Roberts (Australian Music Examinations Board) (+61 8) 6488 3059