Perth, Western Australia (PRWEB) September 24, 2012
On Saturday 11th August of this year, a student of the Australian National University School of Music, Andrey Lebedev, won the prestigious Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition. The finals were held in the Dunstan Playhouse of the Adelaide Festival Centre. Lebedev, who is a protégé of guitarist Timothy Kain, won a $10,000 cash prize, but the biggest prize was a $16,000 custom-made classical guitar, handmade by renowned Australian luthier Jim Redgate.
The Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition celebrated its second year with entries from places as diverse as Thailand, China, France, and Germany, besides plenty of entries from the home country. Each contestant prepared a 15-minute performance and all of them were judged by international musicians and guitarists.
Festival artistic director Slava Grigoryan was effusive in his praise for Lebedev: “I first met Andrey when he was nine years old, as I was giving a guitar workshop at his school. I remember being incredibly impressed back then by his high level of focus and musical ability. All his hard work over the years has certainly paid off…He certainly has a very promising career ahead.”
The Australian National University School of Music is a prestigious school for musically gifted youngsters, and the road to entry is difficult. According to their website, “Entry into the Performance stream is on the basis of an audition, and requires students to demonstrate a high level of performance skills.”
Musicians who are accepted into the ANU School of Music have to work for a long time to attain the level of musicianship that is a prerequisite for entry. While it is possible to develop this kind of musicianship on some instruments in standard schools, most students take private music lessons to develop skills that will allow them entry to the program.
Danny Achurch, Owner and Founder of Monster Music, has advice for future musicians, or current musicians who want to get better on their instruments: “First of all, we’d like to congratulate Andrey Lebedev on his victory in the Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition. The competition is among the toughest in the world, and it’s an incredible accomplishment to even make it to the finals. Winning a competition on this level takes a lot of skill, talent, and practice.”
Achurch continued, “When someone sees talented musician onstage, they often appreciate the talent, but they have no idea what that musician had to do to get to that point. While it’s never too late to start learning a musical instrument, most truly accomplished players start when they are young. People have a lot of different reasons for learning a musical instrument, and they all learn at different paces. Basically, though, if you want to attain a really high level of musicianship, you have to have a good teacher and you have to practice a lot.”
Achurch went on, “The right music teacher can help a student get the most out of his or her practice. Not only do you have to practice to be good, but you have to practice the right things. A good teacher can separate these and tell the student how to get the best results in the shortest amount of time.”
Achurch concluded, “At Monster Music, we have a nationwide network of teachers for virtually all popular instruments. From classical to pop to jazz to contemporary music, we can find the right teacher to help you achieve your goal in music, whatever it may be.”
Monster Music provides music lessons and teachers in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and most points in between. Their services include lessons in guitar, piano, drums, and voice, among others. For more information, check out their website here: http://www.monstermusic.com.au/ or you may call them at +61 8 9335 8881.