Students Hit High Notes in YCEF Music Competition

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.

 

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