David takes a bow

David takes a bow

Junior School violinist David L (7Fo) has been named a prize-winner at the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition.

The youngest of six finalists, he took out the Barbara Cran Award, named after one of the founders of the event, which gives young musicians the chance to play with an orchestra and is now in its 50th year.

He performed Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen with the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood, in a programme hosted by ABC Radio’s Genevieve Lang.

According to one review his performance was “lively and incredibly technically impressive as he moved through extreme high notes and dramatic contrasting lows”.

His success came with a $1,000 prize and a Perpetual Cup which has been given to the School to display for a year.

David started learning violin aged six, and joined the Sydney Conservatorium Rising Stars programme aged eight.

Since 2020 he has been awarded the Victor Comack and Melba Harris Comack memorial scholarship.

He obtained his Australian Music Examinations Board diploma (AMusA) aged 10 and his Licentiate (LMusA) aged 11.

He has won multiple prizes at Sydney Eisteddfods.

David also loves maths and playing chess with friends.

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