Lower Sixth student, Daniel Zolinsky, has been named this year’s Steinway Scholar.

This year saw a rigorous audition process, in which eleven of our top pianists performed during the first two rounds. George Edwards, Surya Vijayanand, Luca Wade, Daniel Wong, Harry Jordan, Ming-Ho Cheung, Joshua Albuquerque, Pavle Simic, William Albuquerque, Joshua Kenney and Daniel Zolinsky all performed to the highest standards.

Four pianists were then selected for the final, which took place at the Royal College of Music on Monday 7 October to Professor Vanessa Latarche. Harry Jordan, Pavle Simic, Joshua Kenney and Daniel Zolinsky were outstanding and played with such confidence, technical assurance and persuasive musicality. It was a real pleasure to listen to them play in such a manner. After much deliberation, Professor Latarche decided that Daniel showed the most ambition and was awarded the prestigious prize for this year.

Daniel has been playing the piano for 12 years and has gone from strength to strength since joining Trinity. On receiving the award, Daniel said: “I would like to thank Trinity and Steinway for this wonderful opportunity. I will be able to excel at my playing through the numerous events and lessons I will have with Professor Latarche, in addition to my regular piano lessons. I am excited to learn my new repertoire, plan out the structures of my upcoming recitals, and play in Mallorca, Venice and London in the year ahead.”

Richard Evans, Director of Piano, said: “I’m delighted that Daniel is this year’s Steinway Scholar. He is a very talented pianist indeed, and has always shown great commitment, but his recent development has been amazing. His drive and energy to improve his playing has been remarkable and I very much look forward to seeing his progress throughout the year”.

“I am really pleased for Daniel; he played brilliantly and deserves this prestigious award. All four finalists were excellent, playing with such confidence and maturity, reflecting the amazing playing standards and opportunities at Trinity School”, said Professor Vanessa Latarche.

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