Twin wins for Dianella pianist

Pianist Shuan Hern and one of his two awards.
Pianist Shuan Hern and one of his two awards.

ALREADY a seasoned pianist, Dianella teenager Shuan Hern was the youngest competitor to receive two awards at the North of Perth Music Festival last month.

The 13-year-old won the Most Outstanding Senior Instrumentalist Award and the Overall Most Outstanding Performance Award in the festival, now in its 59th year.

Shuan said he had played piano since the age of two and practised about four to six hours a day.

“I never get nervous when I have a concert because I’ve played for so long,” he said.

“I played Nocturne for the Left Hand by Scriabin and Islamey by Balakirev.

“The standard at the competition was really high, everyone was really good.”

Shuan said he loved the piano for its versatility.

“You can play many notes at one time on the piano and I like the harmonies you can create.

“I love everything about playing music, you can express your feelings and put your own experiences into it. You can communicate through it to an audience.

“I plan to become a world-class concert pianist, that’s my goal – share my music all around the world.”

Shuan’s father Yoon Sen Lee said his son also performed at the launch of a venue concert at Melbourne Olympic Park alongside Australia’s top violinist, Sally Cooper and tenor James Egglestone on October 28.

The North of Perth Music Festival is an annual competition presented by the City of Bayswater.