Congratulations Maria

On Sunday 15 October, I was given a fantastic opportunity to perform to and be interviewed by a panel of judges as an applicant for the Gold Coast Airport Artistic Development Grant 2017. To be eligible for this grant, applicants needed to have won at least two solo sections or one championship section at the Gold Coast Eisteddfods held during July and August. Applicants were then further selected based on application forms which expressed their passion for music and future goals.

Amongst 6 successful applicants, I was fortunate enough to be selected as the runner-up and receive a total of $2000 after performing the third movement of Bruch’s Violin Concerto. I would like to express my gratitude to the Gold Coast Airport, Gold Coast Eisteddfod, the judges and the organizers of this event, as it would have been impossible without their incredible support.

In the afternoon, our very own QAHS piano trio (Luke Maeda Year 12 & Jin You Year 10) performed in the Gold Coast Eisteddfod Musicale – a concert which selectively displayed 2017 Gold Coast Eisteddfod’s most outstanding performances, including dance, voice and music.

It was certainly a very exciting and musical day. Being given the opportunity to socialize with others who share the same passion was amazing and I encourage everyone to participate in future Eisteddfods!

Maria Saito
Year 11