7 December 2009

Pilot member of The Con's Open Academy Rising Stars program, Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, has claimed the prestigious Gisborne International Music Competition in Victoria.

The 18 year old Bachelor of Music student won the supreme award for orchestral musicians 16-25 years after an event lasting seven days and involving 50 contestants and 65 recitals to choose the three finalists.

The violinist, who lives in Burwood, gained the judges' verdict from Daidi Wu (cello, Singapore) and Sonia Schebeck (violin, Sydney).

Xenia is a student of The Con's Associate Professor Alice Waten, one of Australia's most pre-eminent international music teachers.

Her Gisborne triumph tops off a successful 2009 - Xenia was a finalist in the ABC Young Performer of the Year award, performing Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1

Deviatkina-Loh has attended the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), Australian Institute of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music.

Her awards include the Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Award (2006), John Tallis/3MBS Victorian Young Performers Award (2006), Preston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition (2006), and the Senior Section prize and KPO Players Award of the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic's NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition (2008), where she played Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy on Themes of Bizet.

Other performances include Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Suyeon Kang, and the Melba Festival at Yarra Grange and Beleura House and Garden with Stefan Cassemenos. Her performances have been broadcast by ABC Classic FM and 3MBS.

"We are full of pride and delighted for Xenia... this is a highly regarded competition and the voting underscores her glowing talent," commented Professor Kim Walker, Dean and Principal of The Con.

"The result is also a tribute to her teacher Alice Waten, who has taught at distinguished institutions around the globe and mentored dozens of successful Australian artists in a 37 year career."

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