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Dulwich Musician of the Year


The Dulwich College International Musician of the Year competition brings together some of the Dulwich family’s most talented young musicians from across Asia. Music is integrated into the Dulwich curriculum and all Dulwich College International students have the opportunity to learn an instrument and perform in front of their peers, their parents and members of the wider community.

This year’s competition was hosted by Dulwich College Shanghai on Thursday 10 November in conjunction with the Dulwich Festival of Music and attracted students from Dulwich College Beijing, Dulwich College Seoul, Dulwich College Shanghai, Dulwich International High school Zhuhai and Dulwich College in Singapore.

The competition was judged by Matthew Goss, Paul West and James Pickering, who are the Directors of Music in the Dulwich College International schools in Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul. Andy Stott, Head of Popular Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, was invited as the guest judge. After much deliberation, the panel selected Judith L as the 2016 Dulwich College International Musician of the Year. The Year 8 flautist from Dulwich College Seoul claimed the title with a flawless and charismatic performance of Chaminade’s Concertino in D, Op. 107 that impressed the audience and the judges. The piece Judith chose to perform is known for its technical difficulty. Chaminade’s Concertino in D, Op.107, composed in 1902 as an examination piece for flute students in Paris, is wide-ranging with a highly decorative solo section.

Judith is a stunningly talented flautist who has already claimed prizes in a number of international music competitions. This year alone she was awarded third prize at the Hong Kong International Music Competition and second prize in the Junior Woodwind category. She claimed second prize at the New York Artists International Competition and third prize at the 65th Ewha-Kyung Hwang Music Competition. She came second at the 22nd Korea Flute Association Competition and won the 2nd edition of the New York International Music Concours. She now adds the 2016 Dulwich College International Musician of the Year to her growing list of accomplishments.

Congratulations to Judith and her fellow musicians. Thank you to the judges and all those who helped to put on the Dulwich College International Musician of the Year competition.