Fifteen year old Shuan Hern Lee has once again made the AMEB proud, this time winning
first prize in the Palmadoro International Piano Competition for Age 35 and Under, in Finale Ligure, Italy. He was also awarded the gold medal for the youngest finalist in this competition, where he competed against other concert pianists and professional musicians from Poland, Italy, Russia and Japan, all aged in their 20s and 30s.
Congratulations to Melody Kelly on winning the AMEB award at the Geraldton Music Festival 2017. She performed "In the Eyes of a Tiger" and also entered and won the Modern Piano Solo Preliminary playing "Big Beat".
Melody attends the Geraldton Grammar School and is taught music privately.
The AMEB (WA) sponsors the Perth Speech and Drama Festival every year, and has done so almost since its inception. The Festival is run by the Speech and Drama Teachers’ Association of WA and has just celebrated its 21st birthday. It is open to all students of the Association’s members and attracts about 500-600 entries annually, from year 3 to Open level. The AMEB sponsorship helps with financing the prizes given to the entrants.
Eight-year-old Hannah Wang, from Western Australia, recently won first prize at an international piano competition that was held in France in April, 2017. Placed in the Age 8 – 12 Category, Hannah performed 10 mins of solo recital music including Three Part Invention No. 11 by Bach, and Sonata Hob XVI/23 (1st Movement) by Haydn and Lark by Glinka.
Once again, Shuan Hern Lee has achieved remarkable success, this time at the Schumann International Piano Competition in Dusseldorf, Germany. The competition had three categories – A, for competitors aged 13 and under; B - Aged 14 to 17 and C - Aged 18 to 20.
Shuan Hern took part in the B category where he won first prize and was commended on performing the best Interpretation of Schumann’s work in the entire competition. He was also the youngest performer in this category and took away the total prize money of 6000 Euros.
The Fellowship in Music Australia (FMusA) is the highest and most prestigious award offered by the AMEB. Relatively few candidates pass the examination, and even musicians working professionally have been unsuccessful, especially on their first attempt. Fourteen-year-old Shuan Hern Lee made history earlier this year when he was awarded the FMusA after an extraordinary recital demonstrating the highest levels of musical understanding, technical mastery and stylistic flare.
One of the AMEB’s well known examiners, Yoon Sen Lee, has been appointed as Professor of the International Piano Academy in Imola, Italy and will travel there to teach whenever possible throughout the year and in the future.
The 100th Annual AMEB Awards Ceremony was held on 9 March in the Octagon Theatre at The University of Western Australia. To open the occasion, a selection of talented award winners and diplomates performed. Presentation of the 2014 awards took place following the concert.
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.
From the beginning of 2015, the following syllabus is no longer available for examination: Flute (last printed in 2012 Manual of syllabuses). From the beginning of 2016, the following syllabuses will no longer be available for examination: Percussion (last printed in 2013 Manual of syllabuses) and Double Bass (last printed in 2013 Manual of syllabuses). Once these syllabuses are withdrawn, only the form of these syllabuses printed in the most current Manual of Syllabuses will be able to be presented for examination.
AMEB is proud to announce the launch of Series 17 - a full suite of grade books and recording & handbooks (Preliminary to Grade 8) available as an additional resource for users of the current Piano syllabus. Series 17 includes exciting and challenging repertoire in a range of styles, representing a wealth of new options for candidates and their teachers.
Petite pianist Bryzlyn Lilac Sin obtained three first prizes in three sections at the 27th Joondalup Eisteddfod in September, being named most promising performing artist of the year and receiving a cash cheque of $1500 at the winners' concert held at Sacred Heart College.
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.
The 2014 Joondalup Eisteddfod took place over four weekends in August at RNDM Performing Arts Centre, Sacred Heart College. Over 1600 performers took part across 82 sections. The Eisteddfod culminated in a winners' concert, held Saturday 6 September - a very enjoyable and varied program showcasing some of the talented musicians involved in the competition.
In response to the growing popularity of percussive arts and the increasing number of performance opportunities, AMEB has developed a brand new percussion syllabus covering Preliminary to Licentiate of Music Australia. Join us for a play through by David Montgomery, syllabus consultant and eminent Australian composer and performer.