First Form Student Adrian Tan Wins First Place in Crescendo International Music Competition

First Form student Adrian Tan traveled to New York City to compete in the Crescendo International Music Competition and came away with first place.
“Adrian is an excellent pianist,” said Director of Instrumental Music Mr. Fiori, adding that, “he plays in our school orchestra as well.
The Crescendo International Music Competition (ages 5-21) is open to all instrumentalists including: piano, ensembles, strings and winds, vocalists, classical guitar, drums, and folk instruments. First and 2nd place winners recitals are held at Carnegie Hall. The competitions allow performers to maximize their potential and serve as a professional setting for aspiring musicians to showcase their talents at prestigious concert halls worldwide. Performers are also presented with an invaluable opportunity to interact with other musicians and learn essential life lessons such as having the confidence to get back up after stumbling.
“I played Rondo Capriccioso Opus 14 by Mendelssohn,” Adrian says. “There were two rounds for the competition. If you got first or second in the first round, then you would go to Carnegie Hall. It was a really good experience playing at Carnegie Hall. The piano was great and the acoustics made everything sound better.
He says his experience playing music at Belmont Hill has been different from what he is used to. “I am used to playing solo, and playing in the orchestra has helped me learn a lot about collaborating with the other musicians,” he states. “This has helped me understand the music more since I am playing the piece with other musicians.
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