Local artists hit high note at overseas events

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 October, 2008, 12:00am

Another young local artist has distinguished herself in a major international music competition. Academy for Performing Arts' piano student Zhao Ning, 24, (pictured) did us proud by taking first prize at the 6th J.N. Hummel International Piano Competition in Slovenia last month. The 24-year-old, who is a third-year student under keyboards professor Gabriel Kwok Ka-tak, impressed particularly in the final round with a strong performance of Hummel's Piano Quintet in E flat minor and Chopin's Concerto No2 in F minor.

A fellow third-year APA classmate also distinguished herself admirably on the global stage in the past month. Vocalist Judy Lim, studying with Brian Montgomery, was awarded third place and the Young Singers Encouragement Prize at the International Francesco Paolo Tosti Singing Competition in Italy. Last October in Japan, Lim won second prize at the Asia preliminary of the same singing competition. The contest is held only once every four years, for singers under the age of 38. Hearty congratulations are in order for both.