Sunday Music in the Garden Room


October 28, 2018              2 p.m.

ANDREW SON,    piano


Program :

Sonata in C Major, Hob.XVI:48                                       Joseph Haydn

Variations Sérieuses, Op. 54                                           Felix Mendelssohn

Paraphrase de concert                                                    Franz Liszt                    

Sonata no. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58                                       Frédéric Chopin

At 19 years of age, Andrew Son is already a seasoned artist on the concert stage, as both pianist and violinist.   In his second year of Neuroscience at Dalhousie University, the recipient of an IB Renewable Scholarship, that he also holds the Fountain School of Performing Arts Undergraduate Scholarship indicates forcefully that the damper has not been put on the vital, musical part of his being.  His minor is in Music, and he continues his piano studies with the Lynn Stodola and Peter Allen, and to make waves in the world of music.  He has represented Nova Scotia at many competitions throughout Canada.   His most recent accomplishments are the award of the Piano Rose Bowl at the 2018 Kiwanis Music Festival in Halifax, First Prize in the Piano Competition at the National Music Festival in August of this year in Sackville, New Brunswick, and the title of Atlantic Young Artist at a competition also in Sackville, also in August.  It is in this capacity that he is giving the Sunday Music concert.

A native of Halifax, Andrew Son began to study piano at the age of five with Oksana Zotova, followed at the age of six by violin lessons.   He continued piano with Betty Ro at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, and violin with Professor Philippe Djokic at Dalhousie University, completing the certificate program requirements from the RCM for ARCT Piano and ARCT Violin while still at the Halifax Grammar School.  From 2014 to 2016, he received major scholarships from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust for both piano and violin.  He was the recipient of many scholarships from the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts Conservatory, from 2009 to 2014, including the Isabella McAlpine Wickwire Music Foundation Scholarship. In February 2015, he was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award for demonstrating leadership by enhancing the community with music, and in March, 2015, was awarded the Debut Atlantic Award for Musical Excellence for piano.

In 2012, Andrew joined the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and was its concertmaster from 2013 on.  In April 2016, he was soloist in the Liszt Piano Concerto with Nova Sinfonia.  Also in 2016, he won the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and performed with the orchestra that November.

Andrew takes competitions in his stride, provincially and nationally.  On the home front, he was the runner-up for the Dr. Piano Yamaha Piano Rose Bowl in 2012 and 2013, the runner up for the String Atlantic Rose Bowl in 2015, and the winner in 2016.    He received the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association trophy from the Kiwanis Music Festival four times, in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013.  In 2012, prior to his win of that competition in 2016, he placed second in the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition for piano, and was winner of the String Music Atlantic String Student Award for violin. Andrew was the runner-up for the Nova Scotia Kiwanis Music Festival Rose Bowl prize for piano in 2012 and 2013, winning it in 2018, and the Provincial Finalist for violin in 2012 and 2013.

Andrew is also no stranger at national competitions.  He placed third at the Canadian Music Competition National Final in Montreal in 2009 for violin, and in 2010 placed third in the National Final in Edmonton for piano.  He also participated in the 2014 National Final of the Canadian Music Competition for piano in Quebec City.   In the summer of 2015, he represented Nova Scotia at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association National Piano Competition in Vancouver.  As the winner of the Advanced Class of the 2018 NSRMTA Scholarship Competition, Andrew will once again represent Nova Scotia at the 2019 CFMTA National Piano Competition, this time in Winnipeg.  In July 2018, Andrew was the Provincial Senior Piano winner of the Nova Scotia Provincial Music Festival, allowing him to represent Nova Scotia in the 2018 National Music Festival, which was also held in Sackville, New Brunswick, in August.  Here he won First Prize in the Piano Competition, and was named Second Prize Grand Award winner at the final Gala Concert of the National Music Festival.

As the Atlantic Young Artist for 2018, Andrew Son’s concert in the Sunday Music in the Garden Room series is part of a short concert tour of the Atlantic region this fall as winner of the CFMTA competition in Sackville in August.  The Atlantic Young Artist Competition and Tour are projects of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations and its provincial counterparts in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island. The competition is open to pianists, singers, and instrumentalists between the ages of 16 and 25 (27 for singers) who are currently studying with a Registered Music Teacher.   



November 18   Jenna Richards, piano, and Beth Silver, cello

March 17         David Potvin, piano

March 31         Suzanne Rigden, soprano, and Tara Scott, piano      

April 14           Maxim Bernard, piano

May 5              Edward Enman, piano