The Norah Sande Award, an international piano competition held annually in Eastbourne was won this month by Bo Lyu. Born in China in 1995, Bo has scooped up top music scholarships around the world since playing the piano from the age of seven. He currently studies at London’s Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded a full scholarship in 2014.
Before moving to England to study at the RAM, Bo Lyu graduated from the school affiliated to Shenyang Conservatory of Music and was invited to perform in the closing ceremony of Beijing International Music Festival and Franz Liszt 200th memorial Concert in Shanghai – enormous honours. He also participated in master classes with many international leading pianists and was given the Yamaha Scholarship and the Liaoning Provincial Government Scholarship. Bo continues his MMus progarmme at the RAM in September and studies piano with Joanna MacGregor and chamber music with Andrew West. He has recently been invited to perform solo recitals at Bristol’s Colston Hall and was selected to perform with the Sainsbury Soloists, an elite string ensemble. Bo is supported by the Help Musicians UK charity.
At the Final on 8th July, Bo played Stravinsky’s Petrushka Movements 1&2, Chopin’s Sonata No 3 1st movement and Beethoven’s 32 Variations Opus 80.