Kault Piano Prize Winner
The VMTA would like to congratulate Matthew Wu for being awarded the 2019 Kault Piano Prize. Matthew, who is a student of VMTA member Glenn Riddle, has received $380 in prize money.
The Kault Piano Prize for a diploma student of a VMTA member is awarded annually by the VMTA. The prize was established in 1998 by David Kault in memory of his mother, piano teacher Lyndall Kault and his father, Mendel Kault.
About the Winner
Matthew Wu began playing piano at the age of 5 and viola at the age of 8. He currently studies piano with Glenn Riddle and viola with Fintan Murphy. Matthew has completed his AMEB LMusA with distinction on piano and his AMusA on viola. He was invited to perform at the AMEB 2019 Conferring of Diplomas ceremony at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Matthew is currently a Year 10 student at Camberwell Grammar School and plays in several school music groups including chamber ensembles and the symphony orchestra.
Matthew has won over 70 prizes in various eisteddfods and competitions since the age of 9. In 2018, Matthew was awarded 1st prize in the 16 years and under, 18 years and under and 21 years and under piano solo sections at the Monash Youth Music Festival, and 1st prize in the Junior (19 years and under) piano solo section in the Geelong Eisteddfod.
Matthew is a member of Melbourne String Ensemble (MSE) since 2012 where he plays a broad range of chamber music with other members. He has taken part in two European tours with MSE. As a soloist, Matthew was invited to perform Chopin Piano Concerto in F minor 1st movement with the MSE at its Annual Concerto Concert in 2017 and was awarded 1st prize in the 2018 Geelong Eisteddfod Piano Concerto section in which he played the 2nd movement of the Chopin Piano Concerto.