28 August 2022, Melbourne — Dillon Chan, the overall winner of the 2022 Steinway Youth Piano Competition Australia, performed his first solo piano recital at the Essendon showroom of Steinway Galleries Australia. His program comprised music from Baroque to the Romantic era, opening with Bach’s rich contrapuntal Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 871, and closing with the Maestoso movement of Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21.
The second half of his program notably features his brother Lionel Chan and his teacher Glenn Riddle. Lionel collaborated with Dillon for a four-hands arrangement of Handel’s “The Arrival of the Queen Sheba”, while Glenn Riddle performed the orchestral accompaniment of Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 on a second piano.
J. Haydn – Sonata in D major, Hob.XVI:37
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo e sostenuto
III. Presto, ma non troppo
W.A. Mozart – Sonata K311 in D major
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante con espressione
III. Rondeau: Allegro
F. Chopin – Lento con gran espressione in C sharp minor
G. Bacewicz – Sonata No. 2 for Piano:
G. F. Handel – “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” (with Lionel Chan)
F. Liszt – Grandes Études de Paganini No. 4 “Arpeggio”
F. Chopin – Chopin Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor Op. 21:
I. Maestoso (with Glenn Riddle)
ABOUT DILLON CHAN
Artist profile provided by Dillon’s family
Dillon Chan is a 9-year-old Melbourne-born pianist studying with Glenn Riddle at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He is a Year 5 student at Wesley College, Glen Waverley. Dillon is currently preparing for his LMusA piano exam and Grade 6 violin exam.
Dillon has achieved 26 first-place and numerous other piano awards in Australia. At the age of 6, Dillon achieved his first national championship, and first international competition prize. He was also a Bronze prize winner at the 7th ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In 2021, Dillon won many placings in open age piano, solo, duet and concerto competitions. He also received special awards for his outstanding talent as a pianist, such as the Sadie Brown Memorial Award (Ringwood Eisteddfod) and the Grace Ross Memorial Prize (La Trobe Valley Eisteddfod).
In 2022, Dillon was awarded the overall winner of the 2022 Steinway Youth Piano Competition Australia. Dillon also represented Australia and won 1st place in in the 29th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth in Szafarnia, Poland where the jury was chaired by Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron, who was also the chair of the 17th and 18th International Chopin Competition Warsaw.
Recently, Dillon has been selected as one of the finalists in the Preston Symphony Youth Concerto Competition, and will be making his orchestra debut on the 4th of September 2022, playing the first movement of Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor.
Off the piano bench, Dillon loves sports and is representing his school in swimming and cross-country running. He also plays chess, tennis and soccer. Inspired by his parents who are both charitable professionals, Dillon has been donating many of his prizes and prize money to music education in the community. Dillon hopes to be a concert pianist, or an anaesthetist like his father. In any case, he hopes to relieve pain and bring happiness to people around the world.
Watch Dillon Chan’s video entry for the 2022 Steinway Youth Piano Competition Australia:
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