In the first season alone, some of the best instrumentalists alongside their stunning renditions have been selected as the Platinum Awards holder. This was due to their demonstration of otherworldly entertainment, which shows an enthralling cycle of music and taste. Here are some of the few victors of LIT instrumentalists below.
Titled “Ravel: Meneut sur le nom d”, the entry was able to stand out in the category of Best Orchestrator amongst all other entrants. This piece of work was conducted during the COVID-19 lockdown, as the entrant took on several orchestration projects of short piano works. Within these projects, one was different than rest, which was Ravels’ “Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn”, composed way back in 1909. The entire performance was based on one single goal, to make it sound as if Ravel had orchestrated the work himself. This was a work of elegance and beauty, creating something that is special to the audience.
Under the direction of Orlando Cela, The Suite focuses on the lens of the Baroque dance suite as a method of expression. It serves as a medium that is ripe for international flavour, artistic individualism, and human storytelling, perfect for all who pursues the art of performance. Originally composed by Georg Philipp Telemann and Johann Sebastian Bach, their work explored the gallant styles’ history, laying the foundation for modern interpretations. Passing the torch down to two contemporary composers, Anthony R. Green and Jose Elizondo, they matched the style with their own compositional artistries, resulting in an alchemical combination of old and new forms of Baroque, expanding it with cross cultural flairs.
Justin is a pianist, composer and pop piano arranger born in the United Kingdom, where he continues to study classical piano under private lessons with Graeme Humphrey, a professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music. One of his favourite classical pieces, the Polonaise offers a grand opening that conquers the audience almost immediately, before setting off on a more melodic phrase featuring the polonaise rhythm. Filled with colorful harmonies and two contrasting sections, the note combines both stormy and tranquillity moods in one. The piece has been released in his album on Spotify, “Classical Piano, Vol. 1”.
A member of the Academy of Arts, Jozsef Terek is a tarogato player awarded the Hungarian Golden Cross of Merit. Starting over 30 years ago, he has performed his music across various stages throughout Europe, America, Africa, Oceania, and also Asia. He even represented Hungary in 36 other countries by performing at various world music festivals, theatres, universities, embassies, composer competitions and also professional conferences. Entering the LIT Talent Awards is “Hungarian verbunk and csardas in the Tapio region”, Jozsef performed traditional Hungarian music that originated from Budapest. The songs themselves are around 200 years old, but he managed to come up with a variation of his own thinking with the 125 year-old woodwind instrument, the tarogato. In fact, the piece includes a folk, classical, gipsy, and Carpathian notes, one of the Hungarian traditional music.
Yusuke Yabui began his journey in learning Electone (YAMAHA electronic organ) during the age of 4, which is an extremely young age. His talents had led him to win the grand prize in the YAMAHA All Japan Electone concur when he was only 18. As a pioneer artist of cutting-edge electronic instruments such as 5D touch keyboard, AR musical instruments, and musical gadgets, he was able to make music from a piano solo to a 100-piece orchestra sound on several electronic instruments with both hands, feet, right knee, and his whole body all at the same time. Yusuke is also well known for his personal concerts, mostly held in historical structures like Japan Heritage sites, shrines temples, historical parks, and even in the middle of nature, which further proves his uniqueness as an artist. Utilizing his Japanese soul music, he provides the one and only entertainment style that moves his audience all around the world.
Entry: Ravel: Menuet sur le nom d
Entrant: University of Washington
Entry: The Suite: Lowell Chamber Orchestra
Entrant: Orlando Cela
Entry: Polonaise in C sharp minor, Op.26 No.1- Frederic Chopin
Entrant: Justin Man
Entry: Hungarian verbunk and csardas from the Tapio region
Entrant: Jozsef Terek
Entry Name: Performance On The Cutting-Edge Electronic Instruments
Entrant: Yusuke Yabui