ELEVEN-year-old Sidney Eric’s talent as a pianist saw her travel to Austria last year and perform in an international music festival.
The youngster from Rossmoyne, who won the 2016 WA Pianist Competition for Year 7 music students, was invited to perform in Salzburg – the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – at the Grand Prize Virtuoso International piano competition.
Sidney started playing piano four years ago and will sit the advanced Year 8 Australian Music Examination Board exam in July.
Her teacher, Yoon Sen Lee, who has taught music for 40 years, said Sidney was one of his best students with the ability to make a career out of music if she wanted.
“When she plays she can feel the music. It is a natural ability in her to create music rather than just play the notes,” he said.
Mr Lee, who runs a music school in Dianella, said Sidney was recently awarded a prestigious music scholarship to Methodist Ladies College for entry in 2018.
“This is a highly prestigious and wonderful achievement for her,” Mr Lee said.
Sidney said hard work was the key to her success.
“If you work hard then you will always achieve really good results,” she said.
“I like the composer Chopin; he has really beautiful melodies. There is a lot of expression in his pieces and you can sing with the music, it is really lyrical.
“I feel that I can express myself and I can like play around with the music.”
Sidney, who is in Year 6 at Rossmoyne Primary School, has also won academic awards.
She said while she wanted to progress her piano playing it was a hobby and she had her sights set on a career in medicine.
Sidney will perform two pieces at the Willetton Uniting Church classical piano recital on Sunday, June 18 at 10.45am.
She will join other talented young virtuoso pianists who will play a series of classical works by Haydn, Mozart, Chopin and Liszt in an hour-long recital.
All are welcome to attend the event. Admission is by donation.
For more information on the piano recital contact Lyn Muir 0418 923 404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.