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International recognition for CBC pianist

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St Patrick’s CBC Grade 11 pupil Oscar Hsu was one of four South Africans who were recently selected to perform at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’s Global High Scorers’ Concert.

CBC pupil Oscar Hsu. Picture: Supplied

ST PATRICK’S CBC Grade 11 pupil Oscar Hsu was one of four South Africans who were recently selected to perform at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’s Global High Scorers’ Concert.

Regional ABRSM co-ordinator Bridget Harrison said Hsu had done extremely well in the concert that celebrated high scorers who had taken part in the ABRSM music exams.

“Concerts are held locally for candidates who achieve distinctions for their music exams. The participants in the global high scorers’ concert series are amongst the top students in South Africa and who can hold their own on this international stage. Thousands of music students enter across South Africa alone each year and to be included in this concert series is a remarkable achievement,” said Harrison.

Harrison said Hsu started formal piano tuition at the age of five with his music teacher Anne Solomon.

“Solomon is still his teacher today. He is currently in Grade 11 at St Patrick’s CBC Kimberley, where he holds the second-highest academic position in his grade. Hsu takes music as an Independent Examinations Board matriculation subject at school.

“Apart from piano tuition, he also studies in violin, classical guitar and drum kit. He has recently taken an interest in singing and forms a pivotal role within his school’s choirs and vocal ensembles. He is a leader of the St Patrick’s CBC concert orchestra and eagerly takes part in the annual Eureka string orchestral festival where he has also been afforded a principal position. He plays regularly in a variety of solo and ensemble performances both as a skilled instrumentalist and talented vocalist.”

Harrison said that he achieved A symbols at the Northern Cape Arts Festival and received a Diamond award during the 2019 MADDfest Eisteddfod. “He was the winner of the Kimberley Academy of Music solo music competition in 2019.

“After attaining a high distinction in his ABRSM Piano Grade 8 examination in 2021, he was selected to perform in the regional ABRSM high scorers’ concert in Bloemfontein in October 2021.

“By far his highest accolade to date was his selection of his performance video into the 2022 virtual ABRSM global high scorers’ concert. After this international recognition, he now embarks on post Grade 8 level repertoire and we look forward to further achievements from this young musician.”

ABRSM chief executive Chris Bobb said their organisation supported music education in 93 countries.

“I am reminded every day of the power of music to connect, unite and bring people together,” said Bobb.

“Performing whether on a real or virtual stage is one of the absolute joys of being a musician – after the long hours of practice and preparation, the opportunity to share your musical story and to transport the listener away from their immediate thoughts and surroundings, at least for a moment.”

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