Valley pianist places second at provincial competition

Sixteen-year-old Towa Stewart. Photo submitted

Sixteen-year-old Towa Stewart recently competed against B.C.’s finest pianists in a bid to represent the province at next summer’s National Competition in Winnipeg.

The biennial competition, which was held in White Rock, is sponsored by the B.C. Registered Music Teachers Association and includes both high school and university students under the age of 25 at an advanced level of piano.

The competition consists of two rounds. Stewart advanced to the second round where he won second and received a cash prize. Stewart’s other achievements from this year include winning 1st place in both the Senior Class and Senior Canadian Class at the Festival of the Performing Arts held in Victoria, and he was awarded the Dorothy Brealey Memorial Scholarship administered by C.R. Friends of Music.

Stewart also achieved 1st Class Honours for his ARCT Piano Performance Diploma. He studies piano with Shelley Roberts and advanced theory with Sandy Havelaar.

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