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Musician wins third place at highly acclaimed international eisteddfod

Nerissa Du, Year 9

In a dazzling display of musical talent, Meriden student, Nerissa Du, recently took centre stage alongside world-renowned musicians at the prestigious Singapore International Solo and Ensemble Competition, claiming third place overall.

The international classical music eisteddfod boasted a distinguished panel of judges from renowned music conservatories and professional orchestras from across the globe, including the Netherlands, the United States, China, Australia, Singapore and Germany.

Nerissa’s standout performances of her renditions of the 1st Movement Concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns on the violin and Andante e Rondo Ungarese by Carl Weber on the viola earned her two Gold Awards.

Nerissa said participating in the competition was an honour and has broadened her perspective on future musical endeavours.

“It has inspired me to take part in more international and prestigious eisteddfods. I look up to the amazing musicians around me and their achievements and hope to one day gain the wisdom and experience,” she said.

“I first entered this competition in 2021 and made it through to the finals. However, due to COVID-19, the Grand Final could not be held in Singapore. This time, I wanted to test my potential,” said Nerissa.

Beyond the thrill of competition, the Year 9 student relished the opportunity to explore Singapore. She enjoyed renowned tourist destinations such as Universal Studios and the iconic Changi Airport. Another highlight of the experience was the prizegiving ceremony, during which Nerissa had the privilege of performing alongside the top placegetters.

Nerissa is a member of Meriden’s Amadeus Program for exceptional musicians. She said sharing her passion for music is one of her greatest joys.

“There are many things I love about music; its ability to connect you with other people and the opportunities it provides to play in different settings is quite special. It can become tedious practising by yourself. However, engaging with like-minded musicians in orchestral or chamber group settings and playing enjoyable music together is a feeling that cannot be replicated,” she said.

Nerissa’s skill and dedication continue to shine brightly. Her journey in the world of music promises to be filled with exceptional achievements and beautiful melodies. The Meriden community is proud of Nerissa’s accomplishments on the global stage.

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