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    Students Hit High Notes in YCEF Music Competition

    School News

    05 Jun, 2020

    10 : 00

    • YCIS Shanghai students achieved outstanding results in this year’s Yew Chung Education Foundation (YCEF) Young Musicians – Music Competition. Almost 400 applicants from across the YCEF network participated, with 96 making it to the final rounds.


      Competing students were required to upload a video recording of a solo musical performance on a traditional Western or Chinese instrument, including piano, percussion, harp, strings, woodwind, brass, and voice. Each entry was then adjudicated by a panel of external judges, based on five areas: musicality, technical proficiency, tonal quality, presentation, and memorisation.


      The Judges included:

      • Dr Liz Lane: Celebrated British composer, performer, and Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England.
      • Mr Pavlo Beznosiuk: One of Europe's most respected Baroque violinists
      • Mr David Greenlees: Guest Principal Violist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia

      The students who placed in the top three of each category received prizes, while special gold, silver, bronze, and attendance certificates were awarded to the other contestants.

      The YCIS Shanghai winners from our Pudong and Puxi campuses were:


      1st Prize

      Leonel

      Year 4 / PX

      Piano

      Elena

      Year 12 / PD

      Chinese Instrument


      2nd Prize

      Daniel

      Year 3 / PX

      String

      Elena

      Year 12 / PD

      Vocal


      3rd Prize

      Timothy

      Year 2 / PX

      Piano

      Isabella

      Year 7 / PX

      Vocal


      Gold Award

      Daniel

      Year 3 / PX

      Piano

      Adrian

      Year 4 / PX

      String

      Yicheng

      Year 5 / PD

      String

      Isabella

      Year 7 / PX

      Piano


      Silver Award

      Aimee

      Year 3 / PX

      String

      Sissi

      Year 3 / PX

      Piano

      Justine

      Year 3 / PD

      String

      Eason

      Year 3 / PD

      String

      Lawrence

      Year 3 / PD

      String

      Melody

      Year 3 / PD

      Piano

      Jessica

      Year 5 / PD

      String

      Yunkai

      Year 6 / PX

      Piano


      Bronze Award

      Callum

      Year 1 / PX

      Vocal

      Joyce

      Year 4 / PD

      Piano

      Competition is not always the first thought when considering Music or Drama, but there is no doubt that the added pressure of being pitted against others can help some of our students strive for their very best. And they have done just that, thriving in this year’s music competition, perfectly aligning culture and the arts as per our school motto. - Mr Nick Adgemis, Head of Performing Arts, YCIS Shanghai, Pudong


      Competitions like this one enable students to express themselves creatively in a fun and memorable way. They provide transferable skills and enhance the students’ overall learning experience at YCIS.