GEMS Aspiring Musician of the Year 2018 and Young Musician of the Year 2018
Hitting All the Right Notes
Geniuses never limit themselves to books - they embrace various fields with open arms and strive to succeed in them. Academy Plus allows students to look beyond standard education via seven exciting academies. This year, the Music Academy organized the fourth annual Young Musician of the Year competition, the second Aspiring Musician of the Year completion and ran the Apprentice Musician of the Year for the first time. All 3 competitions allowed students across GEMS schools to showcase their musical talents in front of other students with the same level of musical ability, a live audience and a panel of judges.
For all 3 competitions, students had the opportunity to take part in masterclasses and workshops with GEMS Music Teachers and teachers from the Music Academy, who are instrumental specialists. Following these masterclasses, students were selected by these teachers for the Final (in the Apprentice and Aspiring Musician competitions) or to go through to Round 2 in the Young Musician Competition.
The Final for the Aspiring and Young Musician Competitions took place on the last evening of the 3 days. The Masterclass leaders had the difficult job of judging the Final for the Aspiring Musician Competition whilst invited guest judges Mr. Ed Keeley and Mrs Emily Hall, both extremely distinguished and experienced musicians, judged the Young Musician of the Year competition.
In a pool of talented musicians, Amber Waite from Jumeirah College- Dubai was declared the winner of the Young Musician Award for her flawless piano performance. The other finalists in this high level competition were pianists Tianze Ye from GEMS Wellington Academy Al- Khail and Hiroko Hiwatashi from GEMS Wellington International School- Dubai, along with Boglarka Kurucz from GEMS Wellington Academy-Silicon Oasis and and Taejas Venkataraman from GEMS Wellington International School- Dubai for voice and violin respectively.
The title of Aspiring Musician of the Year was given to Ian Fernandez from GEMS Wellington Academy- Silicon Oasis, whilst the Apprentice Musician of the Year Award was given to Darya Vazir from Jumeirah Primary School- Dubai. Both students are also talented pianists.