Jacky Siu : Bachelor of Music (BMus)

Jacky Siu

Music

From age 5, New Zealand cellist Jacky Siu has explored a variety of instruments and genres. By age 13, he received DipABRSM for cello and later his LTCL performance diploma with distinction. During his time at Westlake Boys High School, Jacky was an active pianist and oboe player, learning from Dr Anita Geertsema and Alison Jepson. He received ATCL performance diplomas in both instruments with distinction. At age 16 Jacky received the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship at the University of Waikato where he fully committed his time to the cello, under James Tennant. Since beginning his degree, Jacky has been Associate Principal Cellist of the National Youth Orchestra, Principal Cellist of the Auckland Youth Orchestra, finalist of the University of Waikato Concerto Competition and winner of the University of Waikato Chamber Music Competition. He was also a founding member of the cello quartet ‘QUATTRO’ which won the prestigious Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Scholarship in 2014. As a soloist, Jacky has performed at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Lake District Summer School Festival concerts. Other highlights include winning the AYO Soloist Competition which allowed Jacky to perform a four-concert tour of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 including a performance in the Auckland Town Hall. Jacky has enjoyed additional inspiration through the Masterclasses of Gregor Horsch, Leonard Elschenbroich, Enrico Bronzi and Johannes Moser. In 2016, Jacky was awarded a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Adrian Brendel. He will complete a Master of Music and was selected for the Orchestral Artistry course - a specially designed programme created in association with the London Symphony Orchestra. Jacky was also selected to complete Fellowships for both the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. As a result, he has received professional contract work and worked closely with Eliah Sakakushev von Bismark (Principal Cello APO) and Andrew Joyce (Principal Cello, NZSO). In addition to this, Jacky was selected as a casual player for both the APO and NZSO. Jacky is extremely grateful for the generous supported of the FAME trust.

Achievements

Pettman/ROSL Chamber Music Scholarship - 17/11/2014
Pettman/ROSL Chamber Music Scholarship - Winner
AYO Soloist Competition - 27/10/2014
AYO Soloist Competition - Winner
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Scholarship - 18/12/2015
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Scholarship
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Fellowship - 10/02/2016
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Fellowship
NZSO Fellowship - 05/01/2016
NZSO Fellowship

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