The 4th Harrow International Shenzhen Young Musicians Competition

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On May 16th, Harrow International Shenzhen 

hosted its 4th “Young Musician Grand Final.” 

The young musicians’ sincere dedication 

was evident in every melody 

they performed on stage

showcasing their intimate connection 

to their musical stories.

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Joe Hill-jayne 

Whole School Director of Music

 

 

The Young Musician Competition 2024 was a platform for Harrow students to display their skills, dedication, and passion for music. Participants carefully chose their pieces and delivered exceptional performances. The stage was graced with a diverse range of musical genres, including classical, jazz, contemporary, and more.

 

 

 

Introducing the Contestants

 

The competition comprised four categories: Piano Intermediate, Piano Advanced, Instrumental Intermediate, and Instrumental Advanced. After a rigorous preliminary round, 10 pianists and 9 instrumentalists advanced to the finals.

 

Piano Advanced 

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Nadyezhda Y9

Mozart – Piano Sonata in A major 1st Movement

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Kevin  Y9

Faur – Allegretto moderato, op.26

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Han Y8

Glinka – Variations in E minor on the  Romance “Nightingale”

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Jannis Y7

Tchaikovsky – June-Barcarolle

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Carlos Y9

Pieczonka – Tarantella

 

Instrumental Advanced 

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Evanie Y9

Violin Monti – Czardas

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Ethan Y5

Ukulele Hisaishi – 临海小镇

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Dora Y7

Drums Nightwish – She ls My Sin

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Coco Y9

Clarinet Piazzolla – Oblivion

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William Y10

Clarinet Lefevre – Allegro Ma Non Troppo

 

Piano Intermediate 

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Masahiro Y7

Mendelssohn – Lieder ohne Worte Heft 4 “Agitation”g-moll Op.53-3 U 144

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Jimmy Y7

Chopin – Mazurka in A minor

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William Y6

Bach – Solfeggio

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Season Y7

Kolling – Lose Blatter

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MuChing Y3

Christopher Norton – New Kid

 

Instrumental Intermediate 

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Evie Y3

Marimba Kabalevsky – The Comedians

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Susie Y3

Flute Zimmer – He’s A Pirate

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Austin Y4

Violin Elgar – Salut Damour 爱的致意

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Eason Y8

Violin Vivaldi – First movement from Concerto in G.Op.3 No.3,RV310

 

 

 

Award Ceremony

 

 

The competition held a palpable sense of suspense and anticipation in every round. After meticulous deliberation, the distinguished panel of judges, which included concert pianist Teodora Narashanova and concert violinist Tim Chen, announced the deserving winners of this year’s Young Musicians.

In the end, 8 talented students impressed with their remarkable musical talents and performances, earning the honour of “2024 Harrow International Shenzhen YoungMusicians.”

 

In the Piano Advanced category, Han (Y8) secured first place, with Jannis (Y7) coming in a close second. Both performers left an indelible mark on the audience with their profound and expressive renditions.

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Han Y8

 

During my four years at Harrow, I have tried to participate in the competition. As my skills gradually improved, I grew and kept trying. Surprisingly, nerves and anxiety did not bother me much before the competition start, but honour did. After a wonderful performance by everyone, I am very pleased, and winning seemed less important compared to the thing that brings us together, music. Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to my parents, teachers, the music department, the green cloth I use to wipe the keys, and myself for my hard work.

In the Instrumental Advanced category, Dora (Y7) and Evanie (Y9) stood out as highlights of the competition! Their masterful techniques and emotionally charged performances entranced the audience.

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Dora Y7

 

I feel a surge of excitement when I step on to the stage. Every beat I play is a way to express my emotions and share my passion for music. Seeing the clapping and excitement in the crowd fills me with an immense sense of purpose and gratitude. Being able to convey my love for drumming and seeing people enjoy it is truly the best feeling in the world!

In the Piano Intermediate category, Season (Y7) captivated the judges with his distinctive stylistic interpretation, securing first place, while MuChing (Y3) was the runner-up.

 

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Season 7年级

 

After the competition, I felt full of joyfulness when I heard my name being called up to the stage to collect my award. It was pure happiness. Aside from being happy with mine competition, I made a lot of friends during the competition which helped me lift my thoughts of the competition and giving me the chance to relax and remembering how to play my piano piece.

In the Instrumental Intermediate category, Eason (Y8)  and Evie (Y3) each won first and second place, respectively,  showcasing their unique musical styles and charm with their instruments.

 

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Eason Y8

 

 

Competing against others in the Young Musician Competition brings an overwhelming sense of joy and achievement. It seems like all of your effort and practice have greatly paid off. There’s this rush of happiness and pride that just fills you up.

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This year’s competition served not just

as a platform for displaying talent

but also as an inspiring event for

all students to follow their dreams.

With a robust educational framework

and skilled faculty,

Harrow International Shenzhen

cultivates the musical talents of students

in the Greater Bay Area.

Our school also organised the Spring Concert, 

Vocal Vibrato @ Shenzhen – 

the ‘Joyful Feast of the Voices’ acapella concert, 

“Shrek: The Musical JR”, 

and the Lower School Singing Competition, 

providing students opportunities to 

challenge themselves on grander stages, 

to build confidence, and to thrive!

 

 

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