WACIDOM Outstanding Young Pianists Saturday Lunchtime Concert.

WACIDOM Outstanding Young Pianists Saturday Lunchtime Concert.

This Saturday’s WACIDOM concert is by some Outstanding Young Pianists and is at Bold Street Methodist. The ouststanding pianists playing this Saturday are- Cameron Liu, Crystal Liu, Patrick Hideomi Townsend and Solomon-Miles Donnelly.
Cameron Liu will be playing 
Sinfonia No.15 – J.S.Bach
Nocturne in C Sharp Minor – Chopin

Cameron Liu was born in Southampton in November 2010. He started learning piano when he was 6 years old. When the family moved to Manchester in August 2017, he then started learning piano with the distinguished piano teacher Mr Simon Bottomley and has been with him for 2 years so far. In 2018 Cameron participated in the EPTA Summer Concert and played Solfeggietto by C.P.E.Bach. In January 2019, he got through the first round of the EPTA Competition at Intermediate II Level and got 3rd place in the regional final. Cameron enjoys playing football, badminton and electronic games in his spare time.

Crystal Liu will be playing:
Prelude and Fugue no.2 in C minor – J.S.Bach
Etude op.25 no.1 – Chopin
Fantasie Impromptu – Chopin
Crystal Liu was born in Southampton in December 2006. She started learning piano at the age of 6. In 2015, Crystal won 1st prize in her class in the Southampton Music Festival and was invited to the Gala Concert. She also won a few other local music festivals before she was admitted to Chetham’s School of Music in 2017. In 2018, Crystal became Mr Simon Bottomley’s student. In November the same year, she
won Laureate at Category II at Chopin International Piano Festival in Poland.
Patrick Hideomi Townsend will be playing:
Piano Sonata No.60 in C Major, Hob XVI:50 – Haydn
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto
Sonatine – Ravel
I. Modéré
II. Mouvement de menuet
III. Animé

Patrick is 11 years old and studying piano at Chetham’s School of Music with Simon Bottomley. He began studying piano at the age of four with Hungarian pianist Dr. Marianne Gordon. Since 2015, Patrick has been hugely developing his musicianship with Mr Bottomley and passed his ABRSM Grade 8 exam with distinction at the age of nine, then he was awarded ATCL Performance Diploma (Associate of Trinity College of London) at the age of ten.

He has successfully participated in numerous national and international piano competitions and music festivals. Notable ones are: Laureate at the International Chopin Festival in Mazovia (2016, 2018 – Poland) and performed in Warsaw, First prize at EPTA UK Piano Competition (2017 – UK) and performed in St. Martin in-the-Field, London, First prize in piano recital class and declared the most successful pianist at 128th and 130th Mrs Sanderland Music Festival (2017, 2019 – UK), First prize at Hazel Grove Music Festival (2017, 2019 – UK), First prize at EPTA Belgium W-B International Piano Competition (2018 – Belgium), Special prize for under 16 in Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition (2019 – UK). In 2018 Patrick has given a recital representing the UK at EPTA “Piano Prodigies” International Conference in Malta. He was awarded Special WPTA Award and has given a recital for WPC (World Piano Conference) in Serbia this year. He has also performed in Japan. In addition to solo piano, Patrick has been playing piano duets and chamber music in Chetham’s School of Music.

Solomon MilesDonnelly
Etude No.3 ‘The Man I Love’ – Gershwin/Earl Wild

Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes from ‘Die Fledermaus’ – Strauss/Godowsky

Solomon-Miles Donnelly is an 18 year old pianist from Rainhill. He began lessons with Simon Bottomley in 2013 and a year later joined Chetham’s School of Music where he enjoyed 5 years of study. Solomon-Miles has performed in concerts and competitions across London, Jersey, Poland and Belgium in addition to numerous concerts around the North West. Solomon has played in concert with Stephen Hough as well as participating in several masterclasses of his and those of concert pianists Simon Callaghan, Freddy Kempf and Boris Berman. Solomon has been the overall winner of the Rainhill, Warrington and Hazel Grove music festivals and in 2018, achieved his FTCL (Fellow of Trinity College, London) diploma in piano performance. In 2018 he played Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.2 at the Pennine Spring Music Festival and in February 2019 performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 with Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra. He is currently continuing to study piano under Simon Bottomley and is now a medical student at the University of Liverpool.

This is the last in this series of concerts.