Winners, Young Musician of the Year 2018

After weeks of hard work from participants, schools, judges and the team of WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, the Young Musician of the Year Awards has come to an end, and the winner revealed...
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The Young Musician of the Year 2018 Awards has come to an end, with a concert showcasing the extraordinary talents of the 10 shortlisted finalists held at Madinat Theatre Dubai. 

The quality of this year’s 279 entries from 84 schools was exceptionally high. There was an increase of 53 entries from last year, with 50 schools participating in 2017.

Here are the winners of Young Musician of the Year 2018:

Winner – The Young Musician of the Year 2018



Shoko Umezawa, Violin, performing Scherzo Tarantelle by Wieriawski. Shoko is a student of Dwight School Dubai

The judges said they were “blown away by her performance at the concert”.

Shoko just couldn’t believe that she won the award. At the concert her string broke but she kept on going. “It happened at almost the end of the piece. I did get a bit anxious but then I finished the piece anyway.”

Janecke Aarnæs, principal of Dwight College in Dubai said she thought it has been a "fantastic performance by Shoko... We knew of her musical talent before she came to Dwight Dubai as she was at Dwight School in Seoul. We have been in operation for about nine weeks now and we already have a student who’s putting her mark on the school. We are so delighted with the award.”

Second Place - The Young Musician of the Year 2018

Reuben Strobel, Piano, performing Alexander Scriabin preludes 13 & 14. Reuben is a student at Jumeirah English Speaking School, Arabian Ranches

Third Place – The Young Musician of the Year 2018

Parvathi Nair, Vocalist, performing Love on the Brain by Rihanna. Parvathi is a student at GEMS Our Own English School, Dubai.

Principal Thomas Mathew said: “Congratulations to Parvathi Nair on  the amazing performance at the Young Musician’s Award 2018  and clinching  the impressive third place. GEMS Our Own English High School, Dubai wishes Parvathi all the very best in her musical journey  and  look forward for  greater recognitions in the future.”  

People’s Choice Award

Kuzey Karci, performing Valse Lente by Oskar Merikanto. Kuzey is a student at GEMS Metropole, Dubai

The winner of the People's Choice Award comes from being voted the best video by the public.

Here's the full concert:

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