Bentley Music revealed that 17-year-old Malaysian representor, Joshua Lau, has taken home the Grand Prize of the 5th Steinway South-East Asia Pacific Regional Finals. According to them, Joshua Lau was the first Malaysian to ever claim this prize.
Penangite – Joshua Lau started venturing into this musical journey at the age of six. He plays the violin and flute almost as well as he does on the piano. The young maestro enjoys coding during his free time and has participated in several musical projects in the past. Among them are – “Suite for Piano op.2”, a charity fundraiser concert for pediatric cancer patients; “Fantasia Facile op.3”, as performed at the AIMS Young Musician of the year; “Journey Through the RainOp.4”, one of Joshua’s original compositions featured on the “Inspirations- Winners’ Musical Moments for Pianists” book; among others.
The incredibly talented pianist triumphed against seven other national winners from South-east Asia, and will go on to represent the entire region in the International Steinway Festival held bi-annually in Hamburg, Germany. Due to the pandemic, the regional finals was held virtually for the first time, having all the contestants submit video recordings of their performances.
“Joining the Steinway Youth Piano Competition Asia Pacific had been something I had wanted to do for a while, and it was also very fun and exciting to represent Malaysia to compete against others all over Asia Pacific. I’m very fortunate and also grateful that the judges have enjoyed my music, and I hope that all of you will too,” said Joshua Lau.
Watch the full performances of all eight contestants on the Steinway Malaysia Facebook page.