MTA NSW Piano Scholarships, sponsored by Newcastle Branch

Saturday, 17 August 2019

MTA NSW Piano Scholarships, sponsored by Newcastle Branch


The Piano Scholarships include the awarding of both the Nan Price Memorial Scholarship and the Joyce Blewitt Award, providing two competitive sections for young pianists.

Nan Price was a renowned pianist, teacher and examiner who performed often as an accompanist and was an exceptional sight-reader. A graduate of the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Price went on to teach at the Conservatorium of Music in Newcastle, having lived there as a child.

Following the establishment of Newcastle’s branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW, Price conducted numerous workshops and masterclasses for the association, which were highly sought after amongst the music community. Her explicit teaching and high standards were key to the success of the workshops. Price was also well-respected for her expertise in performing works by Beethoven.

In Price’s legacy, the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW (Newcastle Branch) established an annual award in her name, awarding over twenty successful recipients since her passing. Alumni of the award include pianists Frances Ross, Michael Power, William Cesta and Nicholas Kennedy who have all gone on to pursue careers in music.

In 2019, The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW is proud to present the piano scholarships as part of the Newcastle Music Festival program. Details of the two divisions and performance requirements are available via the Newcastle Music Festival and MTA NSW websites.

The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW will welcome a guest pianist, Maria Raspopova to adjudicate the competition and announce the award winners for 2019.

Attendance is free and all members of the public are welcome.

For entrant registration, visit: www.trybooking.com/ZQVR
For more information, contact Michael Power (michael.power@live.com.au)

Written by Newcastle Live

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