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DIT Junior Conservatory student wins top prize at classical music awards

Posted: 15 November, 2016

17 year-old pianist, Aidan Chan won the top prize of ?5000 at the Father Frank Maher Classical Music Awards held at the Royal College of Physicians last Friday 11 November.

Aidan Chan is pictured with award adjudicator Dr Gerard Gillen Emeritus Professor of Music at NUI Maynooth, adjudicator and internationally-acclaimed pianist Veronica McSwiney, Emmet O?Rafferty, chairman of Top Security (Award sponsor) and adjudicator Dr Kerry Houston, Head of Academic Studies at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Aidan has been a student at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama for many years and studies piano with Catherina Lemoni-O'Doherty.

Aidan performed ‘ Liebestod’ from Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner and ‘Etude in D-sharp minor, Op.8, No.12’ by Alexander Scriabin.  

The Father Frank Maher Classical Music Awards were established in 2001 and are sponsored by the Top Security Group to honour the late teacher at Castleknock College from 1959-1998. The Awards aim to promote musical life, assist cultural exchange and promote young and talented musicians. The bursary, which is open to Leaving Cert music students, is one of the largest classical music competitions for secondary schools in Ireland. 

Aidan said, as quoted in The Meath Chronicle: “I hope to study for a BA in Music at either the Royal College of Music or the Royal Academy of Music in London, or the Lausanne Conservatoire in Switzerland. If I am successful, I will use the prize money to go towards my tuition fees.”