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2010 Grant Recipient

Classical Music (Piano) Winner
Jocelyn Lai

Jocelyn Lai is a 19-year-old student at the University of British Columbia who completed the first year of her dual-degree program in Piano Performance, taken under the tutelage of Professor Jane Coop, and Commerce in the spring of 2010. During the period of her high school studies at Crofton House School, Ms Lai participated with distinction in numerous international, national and provincial competitions, including first place in the 2007 Performing Arts BC National Piano Competition. She has also taken part in numerous summer programs and masterclasses, working with distinguished pianists and pedagogues such as Anton Kuerti and John Perry. She ultimately intends to pursue graduate studies in music.

In submitting the nomination for The Hnatyshyn Foundation classical piano grant, Richard Kurth, Director of the School of Music at the University of British Columbia along with Jane Coop, Head of the Piano Division, identified Jocelyn Lai as “the highest ranking student entering our School of Music this year. She has surpassed our high expectations and if anything has widened her margin of superiority during her first year of studies. A serious, committed and very motivated young woman, Jocelyn has studied and performed a wide-ranging and challenging repertoire in recent years. Her playing has become sophisticated and compelling, and she carries herself with a maturity far beyond her years.”

In adjudicating Ms Lai’s performance submissions, the jury for classical piano – included: James Anagnoson, Dean, Royal Conservatory, Glenn Gould School, Toronto; Edmund Dawe, Dean, Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg; and Bruce Vogt, pianist, P rofessor, University of Victoria – found her interpretations to demonstrate musicianship of a high order, exhibiting a fine sense of timing, of interval tensions, excellent clarity and shaping of musical details. She was commended for her musically imaginative, convincing and elegant performances.





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