Every year, Australia’s most promising young musicians come together to take part in the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod. From the pool of talented finalists, six are given the opportunity to compete for the Fine Music 102.5 Young Virtuoso Award.
Jennifer Hou first entered the Sydney Eisteddfod at the age of ten and has been a regular participant ever since. In 2017, she competed in the Young Virtuoso Award State Final, playing the first movement of Ross Edwards’ Piano sonata and Chopin’s Ballade no 1, her outstanding performance of the Chopin winning her first place.
“I feel extremely thankful to have won the YVA State Finals, particularly when I was playing against so many other fine musicians,” says Jennifer. “It was incredibly beneficial and educational to experience a live-to-air performance and it has opened many doors for me over the past year!”
As a result of winning the 2017 competition, Jennifer has since been involved with other live-broadcast performances on Fine Music 102.5, and has made her symphonic debut.
The opportunity to work with a professional orchestra is a rare one: she delivered an inspiring performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini with the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Steven Hillinger.
All of Jennifer’s achievements over the past year highlight the importance of programs such as the Sydney Eisteddfod and the Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award. They demonstrate the significant impact that such opportunities can have on a young musician’s career.
Jennifer will spend the next couple of years finishing her combined Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Music degree, and she plans to continue pursuing her dream of performing as a solo pianist and chamber musician. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Jennifer as she progresses in her journey as a musician, but in the meantime it’s almost time to welcome our 2018 finalists!
In the 2018 Young Virtuoso Award State Final you’ll hear stunning performances by tenor Joshua Oxley, soprano Anna Stephens, pianist Nicholas Kennedy, flautist Jessica Scott, and classical guitarists Jeffrey Cheah and Dennis Van Rooyen. The winner will then compete in the National Finals at 4MBS Classic FM in Brisbane at the end of November.
Find out more on our website and tune in on Sunday 14 October, from 2pm to 5pm for this live-to-air broadcast.
This entry appeared in the October issue of Fine Music Magazine. Click here to read the full issue online.