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Experienced piano competitor returns

Pianist Leo Huan, 17, from Silverlakes in Pretoria started to compete in the National Youth Music Competition (NYMC) at the age of 15. He is a learner at Crawford College.

With the life motto of: “Do what you love and smell the roses on the way,” he sees his future either in actuarial sciences or music. If possible both.

This upcoming pianist started playing music at the age of six when he heard his sister playing the instrument. His first music teacher was Nettie Immelman. He is currently tutored by veteran piano teacher, Claudine van Breda.

Leo practices at least an hour a day on school days and uses the weekends to rehearse three hours per day. Apart from the efforts to hone his piano skill, he plays tennis to keep fit.

He is a four-time category winner of the Philip Moore Music Competition in 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018. Over the past nine years, the young pianist has performed as a soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra.

In 2016 he walked away with the bronze medal at the Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition. He also ended fourth at the Hennie Joubert Piano Competition. In 2018, he was awarded the 3rd and 2nd overall prize at the Atterbury National Piano Competition in 2018 and 2019. He was also invited to the ABRSM Global High Scorers’ Concert for his ARSM piano exam.

At the moment, his favourite composer is Franz Liszt as Liszt explores so many different emotions with different styles of music and his influence on music is tremendous.

Leo doesn’t watch television and when he listens to the radio, he is tuned in on ClassicFM.