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Sponsored Young Musicians Receive Prizes

Dr. Richards' sponsored young musicians received prizes at the 11th International Competition for Young Pianists 'A Step Towards Mastery' in St. Petersburg, Russia June 2-9, 2017.

Both are in the Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

  • Leroy Ma – 3rd Prize Category B (aged 12-15 years).  Leroy is 13 and was the youngest in his category who made the final.
  • Calvin Abdiel – 2nd Prize Category C (16-19 years). Calvin is 16 and was also the youngest in his category who made the final.

In the final Leroy played Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 with the State Capella Orchestra of St. Petersburg. Calvin played Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the same orchestra.

Current Scholarships and Grants 2017

  • Grant to support students at the Modern American English School in Antigua, Guatemala.
  • Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne New Zealand– sponsorship of 6 concerts featuring students from the New Zealand School of Music
  • Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne – grant for acquisition (Ruanuku award)
  • Toihoukura program in Contemporary Maori Arts, Gisborne – student scholarships
  • Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation – grant to support the Foundation’s support for emerging opera singers
  • RELC, SingaporeMs Shwe Yee Htoo, Myanmar and Mr Hazwan bin Hamdan, Malaysia, scholarships to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (blended version).
  • Support for musical development: piano students Leroy Ma (age 13), Sydney; and Lixin Zhang (age 15), Christchurch.
  • Support for university studies: Joshua Holmberg New Zealand; Lester Cajes Manila; John Yanson Manila.
  • Support for Ph.D studies: Christian Rudianto Indonesia.
  • Professional development grant: Tony Chen Lin (pianist), New Zealand/Germany and Frederick Jones (tenor), New Zealand/United Kingdom.
  • Sponsorship of websites for Jun Hong Lo (More Than Music) and Tony Chen Lin.
  • Dr Richards also provides ongoing sponsorship of The Gisborne International Music Competition.
  • Sponsorship of Calvin Abdiel and Leroy Ma (Sydney) to take part in the 11th International Competition for Young Pianists “Steps to Mastery” in St. Petersburg in June 2017.
  • Sponsorship of Lixin Zhang (Christchurch) to take masterclasses in piano at the Semaine International de piano et  musique du chambre, Blonay Switzerland, August 2017.

Jack Sponsors New Zealand Tour by Two Distinguished Latin-American Pianists

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In February and March 2017 Jack Richards sponsored a series of New Zealand concerts by EDITH FISCHER – pianist and protégé of Claudio Arrau and Founder and Artistic Director of Semaine Internationale de Piano et Musique de Chambre, Blonay, Switzerland, and her husband JORGE PEPI-ALOS – pianist and composer Professor at the University of Chile, Santiago. Their visit included a piano recital for four-hands as part of the Tiromoana Summer Concert Series (held in Jack and Won Gyu Moon’s New Zealand summer residence) as well as a recital as part of the Creative New Zealand/Jack C Richards Composer in Residence Program at Victoria University, Wellington.

In the photo Jack is seen with Edith and Jorge following their Christchurch recital, and together with Christchurch pianist Tony Chen Lin, who accompanied the musicians on their New Zealand tour.

Piano recital by Joshua Han

On November 26th, Jack Richards sponsored a fund raising piano recital by 14 year old virtuoso pianist Joshua Han at the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne.

Program:

  1.  Piano Sonata No.21 ‘Waldstein’ Ludwig van Beethoven
  2. Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia Quasi Sonata. Franz Liszt
  3. Variations on a Theme from Carmen. Horowitz

Joshua Han wins two prizes in Aarhus

Josh-and-JackJack’s 12 year old piano protégé Joshua Han won his second international young pianist’s competition in less than a year, winning both the Category A 1st Prize as well as the Audience Prize at the prestigious Aarhus International Piano Competition for young pianists in Denmark in March 2015. In August 2014 Joshua won the first prize in the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists, in Ettlingen, Germany.

Josh and his family were guests at Jack’s New Zealand summer house in January 2015, and Josh and his brother Oscar – a very talented violinist – performed at a charity concert in Gisborne.

Tairawhiti Museum Free Concerts

Tairawhiti-MuseumJack Richards is sponsoring an annual series of afternoon recitals in the Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, featuring student performers from the New Zealand School of Music.

There will be six concerts scheduled throughout the year. These will be free events for Gisborne residents and are intended both to showcase the talents of NZSM students as well as to help expand the community outreach of the museum.

Gracias Jack

Sonidos Para La Vida (Sounds for Life) is a Guatemalan organization dedicated to changing the lives of boys and girls in risky situations. The principal mission is PREVENTION through MUSIC. Dr. Richards has provided a grant for the children in this program.

To find out more about the program click here.

The children, from economically disadvantaged communities, are studying English with Jack’s support in Antigua. They also receive free music lessons from their teacher – Edwin Ruiz, who has worked with children for over 30 years.

The children recorded this thank you video for Jack.

Toko Toru Tapu Church

Toko-Toru-Tapu-ChurchDr Richards supports the restoration of the Toko Toru Tapu Church at Manutuke near Gisborne. The church combines the external look of a colonial church with a Māori carved timber interior featuring carved and painted panels. It was built in 1913, replacing an earlier church on the same site.

You can read more about the project here and here and get updates here.

Modern American English School in Antigua, Guatemala

Jack Richards provides a grant to enable young people in economic difficulty take English courses at the Modern American English School in Antigua, Guatemala. The pictures show some of the recipients of recent grants, together with school director Patricia Ruiz (in pink!) and one of the MAES teachers.

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New Zealand Composers

nz-school-musicDr. Richards is an enthusiastic art and music lover and supporter of activities such as the Tiromoana Summer Concerts and the New Zealand School of Music Composer in Residence.

“Composers are often dependent upon commissions to enable them to devote time to full-time work on significant pieces. Many famous works in the musical repertoire resulted from private commissions, and in recent years I have begun sponsoring a range of both small-scale as well as larger-scale works by New Zealand (or New Zealand-based) composers, in order to help them enrich the New Zealand musical landscape.”