Star Musicians Shine at Doha College

Star Musicians Shine at Doha College

Doha College is home to some amazing musical talent in Qatar and it seems to be beating the odds in the rounding-up of such unique individuals. Read these captivating (though very shortened) bios of some of our most gifted young musicians, whose hard work and passion has made them flag-bearers for Doha College's core values of Excellence and Achievement, Commitment and Responsibility, Challenge and Reward, Fun and Enjoyment.

 William McChesney – piano (Year 5 Purple)

William's first public performance was at the age of 5 ½ in Vienna, Austria, where he alighted thanks to his teacher in Singapore. He played two solos and a duet together with an 8-year-old girl. His performance was hosted by the Viennese Amadeus International School, where he also took Master classes.

He took part in the Malta International Music Festival and Competition in May 2015 at the age of 7, when he was about half the age limit for his category, namely under 13s. He was the only contestant representing the UK and the youngest in the competition. It was quite an experience and William was awarded a special prize.

In Doha, he regularly performs in recitals in Qatar Music Academy, of which he is currently a student, and of course at Doha College events. Also, he is involved in the Moving Young Artists Programme (MYA) and performed at Paper Moon and at the Kempinski Marsa Malaz. He has also joined the Doha College ECA Orchestra, playing the violin.

Tricia Ng – violin (Year 8 Red)
Tricia started learning violin aged 3 in Singapore. Her first public performance was at the Great Eastern International Kids Performing Festival, at age 4, when she played Minuet No 3 in G Major by Bach. Soon after she moved to Qatar in 2010, Tricia was granted a scholarships with Qatar Music Academy.

Tricia is a very prolific performer, having played with Friends of ASD Chamber Music Series 2010-2011, Qatar TV and Al Jazeera TV, DC school events, ASEAN Festival at Katara Cultural Village, Ayala Youth Film Festival at Katara Cultural Village, MYA ( Moving Young Artist) Launch Event at Four Seasons Hotel, and at every MYA event since 2013. Tricia shared this special moment with us: "One of the most memorable and exciting experiences was in Dec 2013, where I had a chance to play for Nigel Kennedy at the backstage after his Doha performance, and had him autograph on my ½ size violin."

She won the first prize in Singapore National Piano and Violin Competition in 2015 and most recently, Tricia performed as a soloist in April 2016 with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at QNCC.

Nicole Ng – piano (Year 6 B)

Nicole started learning piano at age 3, and had her first performance only 6 months later, playing "French Children's Song." After her move to Qatar, she continued learning piano with world famous-pianist Sonja Park.

"Throughout the years," Nicole says (ed. – not that many though, since she's still only in Year 5!), "I continued to perform on many occasions: DC school events, ASEAN Festival at Katara, Ayala Youth Film Festival at Katara, MYA (Moving Young Artist) Launch Event Four Seasons Hotel, and at every MYA event since 2013, Special performance in support for MYA at The British Embassy Doha, and as accompanist for her sister Tricia at Qatar Music Academy's 2013 Graduation Ceremony.

Tom Kelly – piano (Year 6 Red)

Tom started piano lessons aged 7, and trumpet lessons aged 9. He currently studies both at the Qatar Music Academy.

Tom was awarded joint first place in his category at the first Abu Dhabi first international piano competition in December 2015, for the age category ten years and under. He played six pieces from memory, by Bach, Gershwin, Diabelli, Hengeveld and Rebello. He regularly performs in recitals at Qatar Music Academy for both piano and trumpet. He is also part of a wind ensemble at QMA

Tom played the piano in a recital at Jazz at the Lincoln Centre at the St Regis Hotel in February 2016. He has been invited to play both instruments in the ABRSM high achievers' concert on Saturday May 28th.

Sebastian Tia – piano (Year 9D)

Sebastian started playing piano seriously at the age of 7. He played at the Steinway & QMA collaboration of Young Talent on Stage at Steinway Gallery at the age of 9, and Jazz at Lincoln Centre in St Regis, at the age of 12. He also played at DC Primary on various occasions, in numerous recitals with QMA and at the 2014 Annual Student concert at QNCC.

In December 2014, aged 12, he came 3rd in the International Piano Competition organized by Abu Dhabi and TESSA Ltd. in age category 11 to 14. He has been a recipient of the annual QMA Scholarship for the past 3 years. In April 2016, he was selected to play as a soloist in a concerto with members of QPO and selected members of QMA Youth Orchestra.

Mr. Bruce Robinson, Head of Communications QPO, said this about Sebastian: "His performance is enchanting, he plays with joy and projects the sound of the piano solo passages so that they are in balance with the orchestra."

David Sztankov – horn (Year 12P)

David plays two very different instruments, namely piano and horn, and he excels at both. His gift is recognised and rewarded at the Qatar Music Academy, who extended him a talent scholarship on piano this year, and entrusted him with the very important role of Principal Horn in the QMA Youth Orchestra.

Alongside Tricia and Sebastian, he was one of the very few students selected to perform as a soloist with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2016.

Doha College presented David with the Music Award for five consecutive year. He participated in international competition on horn and he has recently completed the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Diploma examinations for both instruments.

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