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Matthew Chanwai to fulfil his dream

Rebecca Robinson —

Matthew Chanwai (Year 9) will be en route to New York this June to perform as a solo cellist at the world famous Carnegie Hall.

This prestigious opportunity has come about as Matthew was named a second place winner of the 2019 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. The competition is open to students and adults of all nationalities and countries and a record number of musicians from 17 countries applied for this year’s competition.

Since it opened in 1891, Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for musical excellence as the aspirational destination for the world’s finest artists. Gaining the opportunity to perform at Carnegie is something that Matthew has been working towards for a couple of years and he is extremely excited that he has succeeded and will be performing in one of the world’s most famous concert halls where world-renowned musicians such as Tchaikovsky and Yo-Yo Ma have performed.

At the winners’ recital concert on June 16, Matthew will be playing the Second Movement from the Shostakovich Sonata in D Minor, Op 40.