SSC students receive awards from HuiMin Wang Youth Concerto Competition

Ella Liu, courtesy image

OLD COLONY MEMORIAL – South Shore Conservatory announced that pianists Ella Lui and Grace Chen, and bassoonist Rahul Prasad placed first in their age divisions in the HuiMin Wang Youth Concerto Competition.  

Presented in hybrid form, this is the first SSC competition that offered an in-person option since pandemic restrictions began last March.

Placing first in the 8-10 age division, Lui studies with SSC piano instructor HuiMin Wang and lives in Braintree. Chen, of Hingham, who took first in the 11-13 age division, is also a HuiMin Wang student. Placing first in the 14-18 age division, Prasad, a student of bassoon instructor Janet Underhill, is from Hingham. All three student musicians will be featured in a prepared/pre-recorded virtual winners’ concert, which will be linked from the Plymouth Phil’s March edition of its interactive digital magazine, “Connections.”

Grace Chen, courtesy image

Plymouth Philharmonic conductor Steven Karidoyanes judged the competition in person, while SSC faculty member Mary Cicconetti and Longy School of Music faculty member Spencer Myer judged virtually. Non-wind participants performed socially distanced and in-person. Wind and voice students performed virtually.

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Rahul Prasad, courtesy image