Year 11 student Daniel Kim recently competed in the 65th Annual North Shore Performing Arts Society Competition held on 13 April. He was awarded 1st place in the intermediate string class of 16 contestants for his performance on viola of “Elegie pour alto et piano, Op. 30” by Belgian composer, Henri Vieuxtemps.
He was highly commended by adjudicator Susan Smith for “his well-assured technical ability allowing him to explore a wealth of expressive ideas in his thoroughly musical performance”. This recent success has inspired Daniel to work harder and, and he is grateful to his viola teacher, Veronica Kim.
Daniel was also selected to be part of the 2019 New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra last year on viola after a rigorous audition process. He recently attended the 2019 NZSSSO course held in Christchurch from 22 – 27 April.
The orchestra, under renowned German conductor Uwe Grodd, performed Kabalevsky’s “Overture to ‘Colas Breugnon’, Op. 24”, Séjourné’s “Concerto for Marimba & String Orchestra”, and Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1”.
It was an inspiring week full of intensive rehearsals and making new friends across New Zealand. Daniel enjoyed the opportunity to play difficult and challenging repertoire, especially the full Mahler Symphony, and to work with Maestro Uwe Grodd.
The final performance on 27 April in the Charles Luney Auditorium was very well received, and was a culmination of hard work and a strong passion for music by all.