On 6 March, the 99th Annual AMEB Awards Ceremony was held in the Octagon Theatre at The University of Western Australia. The ceremony began with a concert which showcased the talents of a range of Diplomates and special Award Winners from 2013. After the concert, awardees were acknowledged with Certificates of Excellence, Diplomas and Special Awards.
When Claire McGlew graduates as a music teacher from The University of Western Australia on Tuesday 1 April she will be the first blind person to do so. And her guide dog, Swanee, will be right beside her when she does because he has been with her throughout her studies at UWA.
Andy Wang, piano student of Yoon Sen Lee and AMEB LMusA diplomate, achieved 100% in his WACE music exam at the end of 2013, receiving a Special Course Award and Special Certificate of Distinction from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
Jasmine Farghaly won the gold medal at the recent 2014 International Young Gifted Musicians Festival "Passion of Music 2014" in New York and has been invited to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall on 30 March at the winners' concert. She also won a second prize at the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition in New York where there were over 520 competitors.
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With a passion for singing and playing the piano, Perth teenager Ritchell Lim has overcome the barriers of blindness to complete a Grade 8 Piano exam with High Distinction and receive a prestigious scholarship allowing her to continue her music education.
Shuan Hern Lee, one of our talented AMEB candidates, has achieved further success, winning the US$5000 Laureate prize (Outstanding and Greatest Achievement Prize) at the Sberbank Debut International Music Competition and Festival in Ukraine in November. His father, AMEB examiner Yoon Sen Lee, received the US$1000 Best Teacher Award.
UWA music students and AMEB candidates Riley Skevington, Ben Pallagi and Alessandro Pittorino were selected for the VOSE competition finals and performed the first movement of their chosen concerto with the UWA Orchestra in the ‘Artistry! Culmination' concert held on Saturday 19 October 2013 in the Winthrop Hall.
Lee, son of respected WA AMEB examiner and teacher, Yoon Sen Lee, won first prize at the
Astana Piano Passion International Piano Competition in Astana, Kazakhstan in
May in the aged 10 and under category.
The evening began with a wonderful concert which highlighted the talents of some gifted young Western Australian musicians and speech performers. All gave outstanding technical, entertaining and musical (in the case of the instruments) performances.