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Giving musical gifts

Dillon performing at the Glen Waverley Middle School assembly

At just 9 years old, Year 5 Glen Waverley student Dillon Chan has already been playing piano for half of his life. He is pictured here, fearlessly performing at a Middle School assembly last term, wowing his peers with his flawless performance. Last year, the talented young pianist won over $1,600 in prize money from piano competitions, then generously used money from these winnings to purchase an instrument to aid music education at Wesley, presenting it at a Junior School assembly.

In May, Dillon was declared the overall winner in the 2022 Steinway Galleries Australia National Youth Piano Competition, receiving both the highest score in his age group and the highest score across all three categories; Ages 6 to 11, Ages 12 to 14 and Ages 15 to 17. As the winner of the national competition, Dillon went on to compete in the Steinway South-Asia Pacific Regional Finals last month. He was the youngest performer to represent Australia in this competition, which included musicians from nine countries. He also represented Australia and won 1st place in Group 1 in the 29th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano competition for children and youth in Poland. Well done, Dillon!

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