Young flautist Yunesang Yune, Second Year Bachelor student of the University of Auckland, was named the winner of the 2017, PACANZ – Performing Arts Competition Association of New Zealand – in Palmerston North last weekend.
She won First Prize in the instrumental section, with a performance described by the judges as ‘an engaging performance with flair and mastery’.
Yunesang had good reason to feel both nervous and proud with her father in the audience after a long drive to Palmerston North from Auckland.
Yunesang is studying with Professor Uwe Grodd at the Auckland University School of Music and has been playing the flute since she was nine years old. She thrilled the audience and judges with her virtuosic performance of the complex Martin Ballade and with impressive clarity and lyricism playing the Taktakishvilli Sonata for flute and piano.
Yunesang said, “… I’m surprised that it is only the second time for a flautist to win this competition since 1985 but it is very challenging competing against great string players; I am very grateful to having participated in this competition as I learned so much preparing for it.”
Her five thousand dollar prize money will go toward buying a new instrument which she is currently saving up for. She is grateful to the Tauranga Competition Society for nominating her for the PACANZ finals.