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13-year–old beats 200 others to claim piano title

  • Kuik pose with the panel of judges at the 5th Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts Festival (L); Kuik beats more than 200 other contestants at the Asia Pacific Music Festival. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

KUALA LUMPUR (Sin Chew Daily) -- Piano prodigy Andrew Kuik Jie En made Malaysia proud when he won the overall champion with the highest score in music category, beating over 200 other participants at the Asia Pacific Arts Festival on January 27.

He flew to Hong Kong on the same day to participate in the 5th Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts Festival on January 28, where he won the champion in open category (18-25 years old) and Group B children category.

Studying at Nexus International School, Kuik is the youngest contestant in the open category for piano performance. He played Piano Sonata No 10 in C by Haydn and Danzas Argentinas by Ginastera which received compliments from members of the panel of judges hailing from various countries, to emerge as champion.

Organizers of the two competitions also invited him to perform at the closing ceremonies of the festivals.

Kuik thanked his family for the support and the guidance from his piano teacher, as well as the founder cum chairman Li Ying Qin and administrative director of Hong Kong International Youth Performance Arts Festival Chen Hui Huan and Ye Xiu Ling, person-in-charge for Asia Pacific Arts Festival in Malaysia for the assistance extended to him.

He completed three competitions held at two different places, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, in two days.



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