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Jasmine Lai
Prodigy Prize

Nationality: Australia

Age: 16

Stage: Final


STAGE ONE - SELECTION: J.S. Bach, Ricercar à 3 from The Musical Offering, BWV 1079; M. Smetanin, Stroke

FINAL: Lowell Liebermann Gargoyles Op.29

Jasmine is a multi-awarded young composer pianist. She is currently a year 11 student in Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS). As a pianist under the tutelage of Glenn Riddle, her most significant achievement was the award of Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Pianoforte Scholarship in 2021. She was one of finalists in Hepbzibah Menuhin Award in 2023. Other major awards include Margaret Green Junior Pianoforte Scholarship (2021), Phyllis MacDonald Piano Scholarship (2022), DES Stevenson Award (2016), EDA Schurmann Memorial Award (2020), Nehama Patkin Memorial Award (2023), Grand Prix Award from New York Glory International Piano Competition (2023) and International Piano Competition Online (2023), Best Classical Music award in WPTA Singapore International Piano Competition (2022), Best performance contemporary composer in WPTA Spain International Piano Competition (2022), Pianist of the Season Award in Ad Libitum Piano Competition (2023), 1 st prize winner in Orbetello International Piano Competition (2022), The Bach Pianist Competition (2023) and Lancaster International Piano Competition (2023). She has performed piano concerto with Camerata Orchestra and Preston Symphony Orchestra and was overall winner of Youth Concerto Competition in 2023. Besides solo performance, she is also active in chamber music and a percussionist in Melbourne Youth Orchestra. In composition, she is currently learning from Dr Tony Gould. She was winner of ACMF National Songwriting Competition (Instrumental category) (from 2015 to 2017) and recipient of Tony Dorembus Original Composition Award. In 2016, she was invited to perform her winning piano solo composition “Waltz in C major” in a World Composer Recital in Vienna Erhbar Hall. In 2019, 2021 and 2022, she was one of selected winner composers in Artology Fanfare Composer Competition with her orchestral compositions performed live by different Youth Orchestras in Australia. In 2021, she won the prestigious David Henkels Composition Award by Music Society Victoria with her ensemble composition “2020” broadcasted by 3MBS. Her latest orchestral work “Wilderness 2.0” was just premiered by Melbourne Youth Orchestra in June 2023. Her goal in music journey is to become a conductor and perform her own piano concerto with live orchestra under her conducting in the future.

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