Ballajura pianist has sights set on WA Pianist Competition


Ballajura resident and Illawarra Primary School Year 4 student Cayden Yong (9) won an international piano competition held in Salzburg, Austria in July. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d472738
Ballajura resident and Illawarra Primary School Year 4 student Cayden Yong (9) won an international piano competition held in Salzburg, Austria in July. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d472738

FRESH from winning an Austrian piano competition, Ballajura pianist Cayden Yong is eyeing his first win at the WA Pianist Competition next weekAugust.

The Illawarra Primary School Year 4 student flew to Salzburg, Austria to receive his gold medal and certificate in July after his mother submitted a YouTube video of him playing Clementi’s Sonatina Op 36 No.4 1st Mov in May.

Cayden (9), who has been playing piano for four years, will be competing in the under-10s and Grade 6 divisions at his second WA Pianist Competition.

Cayden said he hoped to improve on last year’s runner-up result and add to his tally of four awards.

“I like playing fast and hard songs and I practice one-and-a-half to two hours a day and (attend) classes twice a week,” he said.

He said he played piano for fun and did not dream of becoming a famous pianist.

“I play at assemblies, Christmas concerts and sometimes just in class when we have music lessons,” he said.

“My younger brother and I don’t do duets because he just started a few months ago.”

Mother Aleen Seow said she was proud of her son’s achievements.

“You aren’t born as a prodigy, but although some are, I think it comes with a lot of practice and love for music,” she said.

“I bought a piano when he was about five years old where I started to pick it up myself and then one day, he started to play Do-Re-Mi, which I never taught him.

“That was the moment when I thought he probably needed to have proper music lessons.”

Illawarra Primary School principal Wendy Briggs said Cayden was one of the stars of the school’s performing arts program.

“He is a very talented young man and he performs at a professional level, holds the audience and our parents and kids are in awe,” she said.

Cayden will also compete in the North of Perth competition in September and is preparing to enter a New York competition in January.

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