A young Caymanian steel pan player walked away with the Young Musician of the Year 2009 title after what has been described as a thrilling performance.
Aziza La Pierre received the honour at an event held on Tuesday, 14 June at the Harquail Theatre. This is the second annual competition, which is a production of the National Children’s Festival of the Arts and presented by Butterfield, a press release states.
A community initiative, the Festival is an annual event that provides students with the chance to express themselves artistically. The Young Musicians of the Year Award recognises excellence in music, aiming to give competitors a platform to showcase musical talent and also to encourage further study in the arts.
Guests at this year’s awards had the opportunity to enjoy musical performances by the 11 student competitors and the two guest judges, pianist Glen Inanga and violinist John McLaughlin Williams. Young Musician of the Year 2008, Michael Testori, also gave a beautiful performance to hand over his well-deserved title.
The release states Butterfield is an avid supporter of the arts in the Cayman Islands.
‘We feel some of the most meaningful work we do in the community revolves around Cayman’s youth. We are proud of the accomplishments of these young musicians,” said Butterfield Deputy Managing Director Mike McWatt.
‘Arts and music are an integral part of a young person’s development and we are pleased to support the Young Musician of Year Awards once again this year.’