Year 12 pupil wins Gold in International Music Competition

Posted on: March 30th 2023School News


Congratulations to year 12 pupil Vibhav who won Gold at the Manchester International Music Competition for the best young artist, in the 14-17 category, playing the Classical Guitar.

Vibhav spoke about his experiences: "Manchester International Music Competition is an online festival that aims to fully challenge the virtuosity and artistic excellence of performers. It is open to all Instruments, Voices, Conducting, Composition and Chamber Music, there is no age limit. The competition is divided into categories that reflect the age, level, experience, and candidates' performance styles. The aim is to provide an opportunity for developing musicians worldwide to perform in a formal, challenging yet supportive atmosphere. The goal is to provide young musicians a forum to challenge themselves musically, and to share their music.

"I entered the online competition Youth Artist category for ages 14-17 won the Gold Prize in the guitar category. My passion is for playing classical guitar and I thoroughly enjoyed practising for this festival. I have completed grade 8 ABRSM in guitar with distinction, and to further develop my musicianship, I entered this competition in Classical guitar performing Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tarrega and The Frog Galliard by John Dowland. This is a beautiful composition on classical guitar from 1892. As do most of Tarrega’s works, it is a blend of Spanish melodies and rhythms with the Romantic style that was still popular in his time. The Frog Galliard was originally a lute composition, to reflect this I played it in lute tuning, a minor third higher than standard classical guitar. Both pieces were technically demanding and my interpretation of them has changed every time I play them."

Vibhav concluded: "I am very grateful for the supportive environment at MGS in pursuing my love for this instrument and the various opportunities to perform in school has encouraged my musical confidence".

Well done!