Philharmonic Society Holds Student Competition

January 22, 2024 | 0 Comments

The Bermuda Philharmonic Society held its first annual Student Composition and Concerto Competition yesterday [Jan 21].

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Kate Kayaian, president of the BPS, said, “The Bermuda Philharmonic is dedicated to our dual mission of creating live classical music events around the island as well as nurturing and supporting the musical growth of the island’s young people.

“We have been the stewards of the Jeffrey Tankard Student Scholarship and Bursary awards for many years, and are thrilled to add this new annual competition for our advanced composers and instrumentalists. Participation in competitions such as this not only provides valuable performance experience here in Bermuda, it prepares them for the types and levels of competitions they will find abroad.

“Sunday’s competitors showed up like pros and were quite impressive. Every single performer was well-prepared. They played their extremely complex pieces from memory, and with both sensitive musicality and technical prowess. There is certainly no shortage of musical talent here in Bermuda. These students have set the bar very high in this first year, which, given their young ages was exciting to see.”

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The spokesperson said, “11-year-old violinist Bella Correia was the first prize winner in the concerto category. She will receive a $500 award and appear as a soloist with the Bermuda Philharmonic in our upcoming Spring ‘Rising Stars’ Concert performing the Accolay Concerto no. 1 in A minor. Bella currently studies with Alison Black at the Menuhin Foundation.

“The first prize winner in the composition category was 15-year-old Dylan Jeffrey. His piece, La Lune á Midi for solo piano, will be performed in our upcoming ‘Art of Music’ chamber music concert held at Masterworks Museum in April.

“The other prize winners were: second prize in the concerto category: 13-year-old Prince Domingo, a viola student of Alison Black through the Menuhin Foundation, who performed the 1st movement of the Concerto in C Minor by J.C. Bach/Cassadesus

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“Third prize in the concerto category: 11-year-old Odin Flanagan, a piano student of Oliver Grant at the Bermuda School of Music, who played the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s Concerto no. 5 ‘Emperor.’

“The Bermuda Philharmonic’s Spring Concert will take place at St. John’s Church in Pembroke on Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th. Save the date. Tickets will be available soon on the BPS website.”

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