Our superstar pianist, Sylvia Jiang, has placed 4th at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Brisbane on August 24.
The 17-year-old also won two major special prizes for the Best Performances of a work of Chopin and Liszt. This is a big achievement for Sylvia, who was the youngest competitor in a very challenging international field of accomplished pianists up to the age of 30.
Sylvia is in Year 13 and also part of the Young Scholars Programme at University of Auckland where she is working towards a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance. She practices up to 7 hours a day, depending on schoolwork and other commitments. She has been playing with her teacher, Qu Yong, since she was just four years old.
Early this year she placed 2nd at the Wallace National Piano Competition, where she was the youngest and only high school semi-finalist.
The adjudicator of that competition, Michael Houstoun, said Sylvia is “mind-boggling”.
“It is absolutely extraordinary what Sylvia can do. Sylvia has a massive range and the world is her oyster.”
Sylvia’s recent prizes, awards and recitals include:
2013: 4th place at Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, also awarded Best Performance of a work by Chopin and Best Performance of a work by Liszt
2013: 2nd place in Wallace National Piano Competition
2013: Selected to compete in Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition
2013: Winner of the North Shore Intermediate Recital Competition
2013: Featured on Maori TV’s ‘Matariki Magic’ show
2013: Tauranga Baycourt Emerging Artist Series
2013: Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Emerging Artist Series
2012: Winner of the New Zealand School of Music North Shore Sonata Cup.
2012: Winner of the Margaret Doone Piano Sonata Scholarship.
2012: Winner of the Schubert Piano Scholarship
2012: Winner of the North Shore Intermediate Recital Competition
2012: Performed with Dame Malvina Major.
2011: Prize for Best Classical Performance at the 2011 Indonesia Pusaka International Piano Competition.
2011: Attained a Licentiate Diploma from Trinity Guildhall with Distinction.
2011: Piano Traders 20th Century Piano Scholarship
2011: Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Concert Series
2011: Invited to play at New Zealand Government House.
2011: Featured Soloist with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Summer School.
2010: Winner of the Ronisch Auckland Secondary Schools’ Piano Competition.
2010: New Zealand Chamber Music Contest Winner- Auckland District Contest, National Finalist.
2010: NZIRMT Mary Nathan Memorial Piano Scholarship.