Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod piano solo winners age 11 Joeyan Lu Wang (first), Sean Daniskevicius (second) and Isaac Havu (third) after receiving their certificates.
Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod piano solo winners age 11 Joeyan Lu Wang (first), Sean Daniskevicius (second) and Isaac Havu (third) after receiving their certificates. Claudia Baxter

Youngsters fly solo behind piano

THEIR feet may have barely been able to reach the pedals, but these kids could sure belt out a tune on the grand piano.

The Piano Solo 11 years section of the Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod featured a wide range of beautifully played tunes, ranging from Baroque era to Modern.

Adjudicator Angela Turner joined a small crowd in the Cunningham Room of the Ipswich Civic Centre to watch the nine competitors put their hours of practice into action.

Ms Turner said she was impressed with the musicality and control of the kids' playing.

"With this age group there has been some excellent preparation and some promising young performers," she said.

Taking out first prize was young Middle Park virtuoso Joeyan Lu Wang, followed by Sean Daniskevicius and Isaac Havu.

Joeyan played the Chopin piece, "Nocturne" in E Minor - which he only started learning in March.

"It is an easy song as long as you practice," Joeyan said.

"My mother encouraged me to start playing at six and I practise about two hours a day."

The remaining six entrants all earned highly commended gongs.



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