GEMS Young Musician of the Year 2016 Competition
On Friday 29 January 2016, the Final of the second GEMS Young Musician of the Year competition took place at GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail. The evening was successfully hosted by the Head Students from WIS, Sebastian Menelaou and Manaswni Dhingra.
For this years’ competition, 30 students from 8 GEMS schools took part in masterclasses together, worked together and competed against each other for the title of GEMS Young Musician of the Year 2016.
Following masterclasses with GEMS instrumental specialists in round 1, 10 students were selected to go through to Round 2, from where just 5 finalists were selected. The 5 finalists were:
Chihoon Choi – a pianist from WIS
Dylan Ahn – a violinist from GWA
Leyth Elmani – a violinist from JC
Seejin Lee – a pianist from DAA
Boglarka Kurucz – a vocalist from WSO
The judges for the final were Mrs Fiona Cottam, GEMS Senior Vice President – Schools and His Excellency, Ming Foong Cheong, Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Dubai.
The title of GEMS Young Musician of the Year 2016 went to Chihoon Choi from WIS.