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Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2019 Winners Announced

20 March 2019

Berkshire Maestros, in partnership with Windsor Festival, is delighted to announce the winners of Berkshire Young Musician of the Year 2019.

The competition is open to young musicians from across Berkshire and provides an opportunity for them to showcase their talents alongside others in their age group.

Entrants competed across three rounds, with the final taking place on 17 March 2019 at The Old Court, Windsor. Winners in each of the four categories and the overall winner were selected following the final on Sunday evening.

Junior Category: 9 and under winner - Alice Zhou
Alice is seven years old and she is a pupil in year three at the Abbey Junior School.
She started learning violin at Berkshire Maestros with Jonathan Burnett at the age of five and she is currently a member of Prospect Strings orchestra.

Junior Category: 10-12 winner - Renee Wong
Renee is 12 years old; she began learning violin at the age of four in Dulwich College Suzhou. Since Renee’s return to Hong Kong in 2013, she has joined Yip’s Children's Choral and the Performing Arts Centre under Mr Calvin Wong’s supervision. Renee moved to the UK in 2018 and currently studies at Downe House School, where she learns violin with Mr John Kane. 
Renee enjoys being a part of orchestras - she plays 1st violin in her school’s Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Renee is also a member of the school choir. 
Renee has a passion for classical ballet as well as violin - it is another way that she expresses herself with music and body movement.

Senior Category: 13-15 winner - Andrea Lam Kwan Wai
Andrea started learning the violin at the age of 6, gaining her DipABRSM at the age of 10 and LRSM at 13. In 2016 and 2017, Andrea received a scholarship for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, studying with the Head of Strings. She is now a music scholar at Wellington College studying with Susanne Henwood and Professor David Takeno privately. Andrea has won many competitions and received several awards both in Hong Kong and around Europe.
In 2017-2018, Andrea made her debut with the China Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra in Hong Kong City Hall playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 and Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens. She was also Concertmaster in the Junior Repertoire Ensemble in HKAPA.
In 2017 Andrea was awarded 2017 Musician of the Year in the German Swiss International School and also received the Sir Robert Black Trust fund for talented students in 2016.

Senior Category: 16-18 winner -Maya Fear
Maya has been playing violin for 10 years, and discovered her love for playing whilst learning under her first teacher, Simone Scheiber. She now studies at Berkshire Maestros with Jonathan Burnett, where she is currently preparing for a diploma.
Maya, a pupil at Kendrick School in Reading, enjoys playing in ensembles, such as Camerata and the Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra, of which she is leader.
At home, Maya likes to play duets with her sister and plays other instruments including piano and electric bass.
Maya is keen to continue her violin studies and intends to study music at university.

Overall Winner and Berkshire Young Musician of the Year: Maya Fear (Violin)

Director of Windsor Festival, Martin Denny commented;
‘Windsor Festival is delighted to be working with Berkshire Maestros on the Berkshire Young Musician of the Year. The Young Musician of the Year was created to promote music-making amongst students from the local area in parallel with Windsor Festival International String Competition. Both competitions aim to encourage and inspire, and to build performing experience and to give the students an audience. We have been extremely impressed with the standard of this year’s entries. Congratulations to all the finalists and especially the winners.’

Jonathan Burnett, Head of Strings at Berkshire Maestros added;
‘Berkshire Maestros is committed to offering musical opportunities to young people across Berkshire and delighted to be part of the Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition. The standard of performance and musicianship demonstrated throughout the competition has been extremely impressive and bodes well for the future of music in Berkshire! Thank you to all who took part in all three rounds of the competition and congratulations to all our finalists and winners.’

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Maya Fear
16-18 category winner (and overall winner) Maya Fear

Alice Zhou
9 and under category winner Alice Zhou

Renee Wong
10-12 category winner Renee Wong

Andrea Lam Kwan Wai 13-15 category winner Andrea Lam Kwan Wai

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