Percussionist beats competition

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 July, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 July, 2003, 12:00am

PERCUSSIONIST Chan Chun-hin, the winner of this year's South China Morning Post Student Musician of the Year Award, believes classical music is a good remedy for the pressures of modern life.

Aspiring to become a music therapist, the St Paul's Co-educational College student hopes to introduce classical music to everyone, bringing happiness and peace into people's lives.

'Everybody should feel the benefits of music,' said the 16-year-old.

'Compared to modern music, classical music is more calm and quiet, and it's not that exclusive at all.'

The percussionist will get a $10,000 SCMP scholarship, a course worth $1,500 from the Art School, Hong Kong Arts Centre, gift certificates worth $5,000 and $5,000 in course coupons from Tom Lee Music.

Last year, the fifth former won the Miss Barbara Fei Instrumental Scholarship.

With his outstanding percussion performance, he was awarded the Pan Pacific Music Camp Scholarship and was offered the chance to take part in the scholarship's summer camp held in Australia.

He thinks percussion is a music medium that people can learn easily and could allow many people to play together casually on a regular basis.

Runner-up HKMA David Li Kwok Po College student Crystal Lam Kai-yin, 17, will receive a $3,000 scholarship.