AMEB has once again helped young pianists achieve and excel in their journey as pianists. With years of tuition under the AMEB curriculum, 11-year-old pianist, Kai Ning Wang, who was awarded the AMusA with distinction, won 3rd prize at the recent Imola International Piano Awards Competition in Italy in July 2016. Hundreds of pianists took part in this competition.
Kai Ning took part in the Age 6 to 12 categories and, with an international panel of eight adjudicators, performed ten minutes of repertoire in both the semi-final and final elimination rounds of competition. After the elimination rounds, which were held in Japan, China, and Italy, 15 competitors advanced into the semi-finals performing at Imola, Italy and four pianists advanced into the finals. The competition saw some very high standards of pianists from various countries and consists of pianists who are working on music as their career. The prize money that our young Australian won was 500 Euros!
Another student, 8-year-old Ceicilia Limargana, won 1st prize at the Age 10 and under Solo Piano Recital section of the Global Youth International Piano Competition, which was held in China in August 2016. Hundreds of competitors, who were top in their age groups took part, and with only 15 selected to perform as finalists, Ceicilia came out as the top performer! She has now been offered a contract to perform in China and to appear on China TV in Beijing.
Prior to this, Ceicilia also won a 2nd prize in another international Piano Festival and Competition in Malaysia in June. Ceicilia had to perform for ten minutes in each of three rounds (Preliminary recording round, live semi-final round and live final round in Malaysia). From the 36 semi-finalists, she was selected as one of the six finalists, eventually winning 2nd prize.
“These kids have been learning with the curriculum of AMEB for quite a few years and it certainly helped them to achieve not just as a wonderful pianist but also an all-round musician. I am so happy with the curriculum that we have and the educational value it has to offer to all pianists who take aboard the pieces set up and the aspects of musical learning that it highlights in its syllabus and also the standards of the pieces in such a progressive manner that it helps the pianist develop in a conducive manner.”
- Yoon Sen Lee (Professor of the International Piano Academy Imola, Italy)