By Linda Foo Guest
A YOUNG Musician of the Year finalist is coming to Wirral to give a concert.
Sixteen-year-old pianist Yuanfan Yang will be playing at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion next month.
Accompanying Yuanfan on stage will be the theatre’s orchestra in residence the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra (LMO).
The concert programme includes Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Brahm’s Tragic Overture and Dvorák’s final symphony ‘New World’.
The teenage finalist of BBC’s Young Musician of the Year, who currently studies at Chetham’s School of Music, was born in 1997 in Edinburgh and began playing the piano aged six.
He went on to pass the ABRSM Grade Eight with distinction at the age of eight, and gained the DipABRSM diploma aged 10.
Yuanfan has won first prize in a number of competitions including the 2010 RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition in the under 19 category, 2009 Manchester International Piano Competition for Young Pianists, age 16 and under category, 2009 Chetham’s Yamaha Piano Competition and the 2009 Ryszard Bakst Chopin Prize in the junior division.
As the youngest finalist in the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, his performances earned him the Walter Todds Bursary.
Yuanfan also won both his category prize and the sole overall prize of the 2010 EPTA UK Piano Competition.
Founded in 1951, the LMO is an amateur orchestra working with professional conductors and soloists, while at the same time providing a platform for emerging artists.
The orchestra performs a wide range of music from the baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire, making a significant contribution to the rich cultural life of the northwest.
LMO has worked with conductors Zubin Mehta, John Carewe, Gordon Mackie, Guy Woolfenden, Sian Edwards, Sir Charles Groves, Carl Davis, Charles Peebles, Garry Walker, Edward Warren and LMO president, Sir Simon Rattle.
The orchestra currently play under music director Mark Heron.
Local, national and international soloists have performed with the LMO, including Stephen Hough, Gina McCormack, Mark Ashford, Clare Rowe, So-Ock Kim, Martin Roscoe and Peter Donohoe.
The concert takes place on Saturday, February 8 at 7.30pm. A free pre-concert talk is at 6.45pm.
Tickets are £15, concession £13.50, students £5, and under 16s free when accompanied by an adult.
To book contact the theatre’s box office on 0151 666 0000, online at www.floralpavilion.com.