Young Musician of the Year 2020

GEMS Apprentice Musician of the Year 2020, GEMS Aspiring Musician of the Year 2020 and Young Musician of the Year 2020

GEMS Apprentice, Aspiring and Young Musician of the Year Competitions 2020

These now annual competitions took place at Wellington Academy, Al Khail on Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 January 2020.  In each competition, young musicians had the opportunity to meet and listen to students of the same musical standard as them from across the GEMS Network, as well as participate in masterclasses with instrumental specialists from across the GEMS Music Staff Network.

 The Final for the Aspiring and Young Musician of the Year Competitions took place in the evening on Thursday 23 January.  The Judges for the Final of the Apprentice and Aspiring Musician of the Year were the masterclass leaders from Round 1 of each competition, whilst the Judges for the Young Musician of the Year were esteemed musicians Mr. Paul Kemp and Mr. Ed Keeley.

GEMS Apprentice Musician of the Year Competition 2020

This competition saw 10 students selected from Round 1 masterclasses in the morning go through to the Final that was held in the afternoon.  These 10 students performed in front of an invited audience of parents and friends as well as the 5 masterclass leaders from the morning sessions.

The judges selected 5 students to receive trophies.  These were:

Ian Choi– a pianist from JPS
Kalina Georgiev- a pianist from JPS
Kareem Sbeih– a pianist from JPS
Alize Zobairi– a recorder player from JPS
Wei Zheng (Mia)– a pianist from JPS

The title of GEMS Apprentice Musician of the Year 2020 was awarded to Ian Choi from JPS.

GEMS Aspiring Musician of the Year Competition 2020

This competition saw 5 students selected to go through to the Final in the evening following masterclasses in the morning. 

The 5 finalists were:

Darya Vaziri – a pianist from JC
Zihan Liu – a cellist from DAA
Katlynn Dsouza – Gyuho Lee
Miquel Estopa-Olive – a pianist from GUS
Gyuho Lee – a violin player from GWA

The title of GEMS Aspiring Musician of the Year 2020 was awarded to Darya Vaziri from JC

 
GEMS Young Musician of the Year Competition 2020

This competition saw 10 students selected to go through to Round 2 in the afternoon following Round 1 masterclasses in the morning.  The 10 students selected then had to perform a second piece of music in Round 2 in front of the panel of judges that consisted of the 5 masterclass leaders who had worked with them in Round 1. 

The judges selected the following 5 students to go through to the Final:

Dani Bakieh – a saxophone player from GWA
Myome Mortimer-Davies – a vocalist from JC
Seongjoon Yang – a pianist from GWA
Imogen O'Connor – a recorder player from JC
Shrey Sureen – a pianist from JC

The title of GEMS Young Musician of the Year 2020 was awarded to Dani Bakieh from GWA.