Hard work is key to international acclaim

Young piano prodigy Shuan Hern Lee won a prestigious international prize.
Young piano prodigy Shuan Hern Lee won a prestigious international prize.

Father Yoon Sen Lee, also his teacher, took out the Best Teacher Award.

Mr Lee said he was proud of his son’s achievements, having seen how hard he worked.

‘It had over 100 applications from around the world and only 15 were selected to take part,’ he said,

‘All performers played two rounds of music, a 20-minute solo piece and a Grieg piano concerto,’ Mr Lee said.

After his son’s performance, he was invited to perform at the Crescendo Music Festival in Moscow with the Moscow State Orchestra Novaya Rossiya.

‘This was the first time for an Australian to be invited to perform at this festival,’ he said. ‘It was such an honour and privilege for Shuan; as his teacher, I am very proud and happy for him, especially for his unyielding spirit to have worked extremely hard.’

On his return, the 11-year-old entertained audiences at the Perth Concert Hall as part of the New Year’s Eve Vienna Pops Orchestra concert conducted by Mark Coughlan.