Dianella pianist scores big win in Texas

Shuan Hern Lee.
Shuan Hern Lee.

DIANELLA music student Shuan Hern Lee (16) is now touted as one of the world’s best young pianists after winning the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition in Dallas, Texas this month.

The University of WA student started tertiary music studies aged 14.

He is the first Australian to win the competition after beating 200 other teenagers from 32 countries.

“Learning music teaches us to appreciate arts and nature in the world we live in, and it also helps improve our character and virtues in life,” Shuan said.

His piano, vocal, music theory and composition lessons started when he was two, before reaching the semi-finals of Australia’s Got Talent aged seven, and at 14 he was the youngest recipient of a Fellowship of Music Australia.

“You have to be patient, persistent and disciplined during piano practice sessions,” Shuan said.

At the competition, he played Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No 3 in D minor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

He won $15,000 and a $2000 scholarship from the Fort Worth Piano Teachers Forum.