Carlisle schoolboy earns a world-renowned Licentiate piano diploma


Carlisle’s Daniel Mah (13) spends hours every day practices piano.
Carlisle’s Daniel Mah (13) spends hours every day practices piano.

CARLISLE resident Daniel Mah was recently accredited with one of the most prestigious, internationally renowned piano diplomas.

And at only 13-years-old he can call himself one of the youngest recipients in the world.

The Christchurch Grammar School student obtained the coveted Licentiate Piano Performance Diploma with a distinction from Trinity College London.

His piano teacher Yoon Sen Lee said all of Daniel’s hard work had paid off.

“This exam is mostly undertaken by music major students at final university levels,” Mr Lee said.

“So Daniel is one of the youngest in the world to obtain such a prestigious and internationally recognised piano performance diploma.”

The exam required Daniel to perform a solo recital of about 45 minutes to be assessed by a panel of music examiners from the UK.

Mr Lee said his student performed a range of pieces from composers including Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy.

Having learnt from Mr Lee since age five, Daniel has also claimed prizes at local festivals, eisteddfods and competitions around Perth.

“He loves performing to an audience and he also enjoys practising a few hours on the piano daily,” Mr Lee said.

“But he is still undecided if he will take up music as his career because he also excels with his academic work in school.”

Dianella-based piano teacher Mr Lee also recently celebrated his new appointment as a professor of the Imola Pianists Academy in Italy.