James Guan, piano
Liszt Ballade No.2 in B minor, S. 171
Beethoven Sonata in C, Op. 53, Waldstein
Born in Sydney in 1990 James showed musical promise from a very early age. He began learning the piano accordion at the age of 6 and changed to piano at the age of 7. He was accepted into the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Primary School in 2000 and then the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School from 2003. He has completed his BMus in performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Paul Rickard-Ford and was the recipient of the Vimpani and Bessie Cook Scholarships. Currently he is completing an MA at the Royal Academy of Music under Ian Fountain and is supported by the Tait Memorial Trust, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the Theme and Variations Foundation and the Australian Music Foundation.
He was the winner of the Keyboard Unit’s Concerto Competition in his first year at the Sydney Conservatorium, 4th in the Vlassenko Competition in Brisbane, the Most Outstanding Recitalist in the Emerging Artists Series, 4th in the Kerikeri International Piano Competition, 3rd in the International Competition Piana del Cavaliere and 3rd in the Clamo International Piano Competition. He was also the recipient of the Best Australian Award at the Sydney International Piano Competition and Winner of the Great Romantics Competition in Melbourne as well as the winner of the John Allison/Henderson Scholarship and also the recipient of the Nugawela and the Henderson Travel Scholarships.