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Young Musician of the Year 2017

GEMS Aspiring Musician of the Year 2017 and Young Musician of the Year 2017

On Thursday 26 January 2017, the Finals of the third GEMS Young Musician of the Year competition and the first ever Aspiring Musician of the Year took place at GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail.  The evening was successfully hosted by Arts Captains from JC, Lily Beynon and Sarah Davies.

For both competitions, students from 8 GEMS schools took part in masterclasses together, worked together and competed against each other for the titles of GEMS Young Musician of the Year 2017 and GEMS Aspiring Musician of the Year 2017.

GEMS Aspiring Musician of the Year 2017

Following masterclasses with GEMS instrumental specialists in round 1, 5 finalists were selected. 

The 5 finalists were:

  • Trinayan Krishnan – a violinist from GWA
  • Imogen O’Connor – a recorder player from JPS
  • Hyemin Shin – a cellist from JC
  • Moses Kazanji – a trumpet player from WIN
  • Yuri Goto – a violinist from WPS

The judges for the Final were Mr. Wayne Smart (piano), Mr. Matthew Morris (piano), Mrs. Alyson Coady (woodwind), Ms. Nadine Artuhanava (strings) and Miss Rebecca Hoare (voice).

The title of GEMS Aspiring Musician of the Year 2017 went to Moses Kazanji from WIN.

GEMS Young Musician of the Year 2017

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:

  • Trinayan Krishnan  – a pianist from GWA
  • Adam Al-Hashemi– a saxophonist from JC
  • Hiroko Hiwatashi– a pianist from WIS
  • Boglarka Kurucz – a vocalist from WSO
  • Tianze Ye – a pianist from WEK

The judges for the final were Mr. Ed Keeley, a trombonist and conductor, Mrs. Tracy Bearcroft, an opera singer, and Mrs. Carolyn Belsey-Morton, a pianist, music teacher and owner of the music shop The Music Room.

The title of GEMS Young Musician of the Year 2017 went to Trinayan Krishnan from GWA.

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