St. Ignatius High School student Marcos Bertran won the 10th annual Butterfield Young Musician of the Year Awards over the weekend for his performance on the saxophone.
The competition on Saturday, April 1, at the Prospect Playhouse involved 10 young musicians.
Marcos, who is under the instruction of Kazia Gibb at Musicians Ltd., won a trophy and a cash award from Butterfield, as did runner-up Liana DaCosta, a vocalist from Cayman Prep and High School, who trains with Spark! School of Music.
The judging panel consisted of returning judges Stephanie Williams, a pianist, and Grammy Award-winning orchestral conductor and violinist John McLaughlin Williams, as well as a new international judge, Dr. David Ragsdale from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
The 2016 Butterfield Young Musician of the Year, flautist Daniela Granados, also performed.
“We congratulate all of this year’s finalists on their hard work,” Michael McWatt, Butterfield’s managing director, said in a press release. “Seeing such an amazing level of talent in our youth is truly inspiring. On behalf of Butterfield, we thank the Department of Education Services and our judges for their dedication and support to our young people.
“It is our hope that our support will have a positive influence on the continued development of the performing arts in our islands.”