BY JOHN GLOVER
This week, we announce some exciting workshops and initiatives coming soon, and we celebrate the achievements of one talented prodigy.
YOUNG VIOLINIST MAKING WAVES
Congratulations to 10-year-old Melbourne violinist Christian Li, who has been nominated to compete in the prestigious Menuhin Competition this year. The competition brings together 44 international artists to Geneva (each under 22 years old) – for an 11 days of violin-playing. Christian is our only Australian representative and the youngest performer selected for the competition this year. We wish you the best of luck Christian – the nation will be cheering for you!
MUSIC EDUCATION FOR TEACHERS
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s TunEd-Up! program has just finished up this January 19, marking its fifth year in action. The program took place across five days in New South Wales, providing primary school teachers with the skills to include music from all backgrounds in their school environment. So far, 160 teachers have completed the program, with an impact on approximately 50,000 students across NSW – what an amazing achievement!
ARE YOU HIP?
For those who like a bit of HIP in their lives, the chamber orchestra Van Diemen’s Band will present their first French Baroque workshop in Tasmania. The workshops features acclaimed Baroque music specialists Martin Gester, Aline Zylberajch and Julia Fredersdorff in five days of concentrated training sessions and classes, culminating in a major concert finale in the Hobart Town Hall on 25 January. Consider booking your (plane) tickets and reserving your spot in this premiere event!
The Australian Council for the Arts has announced the recipients for their latest assortment of grants: 118 individual artists, 27 groups, and 51 arts organisations have received the grants from the $6.4 million fund from the council, with 56 per cent of grants given to female artists. Many live projects are in the works thanks to these grants, so keep your eyes peeled for some intriguing works for the year ahead!
PLAY ME, I’M YOURS!
The highly successful art project Play Me, I’m Yours is making its way back to Melbourne again. This January, 20 ordinary upright pianos have been restored, decorated and installed across the CBD and nearby suburbs. First imagined in 2014, the project became popular with the public, showcasing musicians of all ages and abilities. We are sure that these pianos will be receiving the love and attention that they all rightly deserve – catch them from 19 January.
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Image of Christian Li, supplied.