The St. Andrews Arts Council, Inc. has announced the winner of the 2018 St. Andrews Arts Council Next Gen Performing Artist Award as Canadian pianist, Vivian Ni.
Ms. Ni will be soloing with the St. Andrews Festival Orchestra at the St. Andrews Arts Council Gala Festival Concert on August 8, 2018, 7:30 pm at the Sir James Dunn Academy in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
The St. Andrews Next Gen Performing Artist Award Is presented annually to an emerging instrumental performing artist, 15-30 years old. Winners receive a cash award and an opportunity to further their careers and educational opportunities by performing with the St. Andrews Festival Orchestra, Hok Kwan, conductor, at the St. Andrews Arts Council Gala Festival Concert, in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. Candidates for the award are chosen upon the recommendations of teachers/conductors and submitted audition materials with final selection of the winner determined by Maestro Kwan and members of the search committee.
Vivian Ni was born in Fredericton, in 1999. She attended École Sainte-‐Anne and is currently enrolled in the Health Sciences program at the Université de Moncton where she is pursuing a degree in medicine.
Vivian began studying the piano at the age of five with Barbara Marks and continued her piano training with John Hansen, Michael Berkovsky, and Michel Fournier. When she was eight years old, Vivian insisted on learning another challenging instrument, the violin and studied with Aida Tisler, Nadia Francavilla, David Adams, Johanne Arel and Atis Bankas. Thanks to the guidance, ideas, and encouragement from her teachers, Vivian has received numerous top prizes at international, national, provincial and local competitions for both piano and violin.
By 2014, she had received 1st and 2nd places in both piano and violin at the Canadian Music Competition (CMC), and was also awarded the prestigious Debut Atlantic Award for Musical Excellence, where her playing was described as demonstrating “a very thoughtful and musical approach”, and “energetic, technically sound and convincing for someone her age.” Vivian won the provincial music competition at the Federation of Music Festivals and represented the province for both violin and piano at the NB Federation of Music Festival (FCMF), placing second in violin and third in piano in the age group of 14 to 27. She was also awarded gold medals from the RCM exams in piano.
By the age of 17, Vivian had won 1st place for both piano and violin at the American Protégé International Concerto Competition (2016), the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition (1st place in piano and the adjudicators’ distinction award), the Great Composers International Online Competition (1st, 2nd and 3rd place for both piano and violin in various categories), the ENKOR International Piano and Violin Competition (2nd place in both categories), 2nd place at the Tureck International Bach Piano Competition (New York), and the 3rd place at the Kocian International Violin Competition (Prague, Czech Republic ). Most recently, Vivian received the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) in the category “Music Moves Me” in 2017 and was interviewed on both CBC radio and television.
Vivian has performed as a guest soloist with Symphony New Brunswick in 2012 and again in 2017 and with Fredericton Symphony Orchestra in 2017. She has also organized and performed at numerous charity concerts since 2013 and has raised funds for many local organizations, including the Fredericton Community Kitchen, the Fredericton Music Festival, the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Hospice Fredericton and a Chinese family in need. On top of her successes in music, Vivian has volunteered for many non-‐profit organizations, including the Dr. Georges-‐L.-‐Dumont University Hospital Centre, the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Shannex, and the Fredericton YMCA.
In addition, she provides music during church services at Brunswick Street Baptist church and at First Moncton United Baptist Church. Vivian will be entering her second year at the Université de Moncton in the fall of 2018. In addition to her academic activities, she will be continuing to pursue her musical goals and will be participating in an upcoming competition May 2019 in Quebec.