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Charlotte Miles (cello) wins the 2014 Bach Competition

Congratulations Charlotte Miles, Tian Tian Lan & Miles Johnston!

On Sunday 15 June, ten talented young finalists took the stage in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall to compete in the 2014 Bach Competition.

Adjudicated by pianists Caroline Almonte and Leigh Harrold, composer/conductor Richard Mills AM, oboist Ben Opie and chaired by Melbourne Recital Centre’s CEO, Mary Vallentine AO, the judges awarded the competition and the $2000 Richard Mills Award to Charlotte Miles (cello) for her masterful performance of Bach’s Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV1008.

Charlotte Miles (age 11) is a student of David Berlin, Principal Cellist in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

In 2013 she performed in a concert at Carnegie Hall after winning her age group in the 2013 International Piano and Strings Competition, receiving a special judges’ prize for best performance. She was also a finalist in the 2013 Bach Competition, receiving an Encouragement Award.

In 2014 she was awarded the Musical Society of Victoria’s Stella Nemet Award. She has also won over 30 prizes at local eisteddfods. She attained a High Distinction (A+) for her Grade 8 AMEB examination at the age of 10, was recently awarded an A+ for her AMEB Certificate of Performance, and will be sitting for her A.Mus.A exam later in the year.

Charlotte is a member of the Melbourne String Ensemble, and several ensembles at Balwyn High School, where she is also Year 7 Captain.

The judges also awarded two $1000 Encouragement Awards, kindly supported by Mrs Vivienne Ritchie, to Tian Tian Lan (piano) and Miles Johnston (guitar).

Tian Tian Lan (age 13) began learning piano at the age of 4 with the late Nehama Patkin. He made his concerto debut playing Ian Munro’s ‘Children’s Concerto’ with the Monash Academy Orchestra in 2009, plays First Violin in the Scotch College Symphony Orchestra and finished his AMusA violin with Distinction. Tian Tian Lan performed Bach’s Toccata in C minor, BWV911.

Miles Johnston (age 16) has been learning classical guitar from Peter Draper since he was 4. He is in year 11 and learning from Ben Dix at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Miles and his brother Ziggy have just released the duo CD titled Recollections, produced by Slava Grigoryan. Miles performed Bach’s Prelude and Allegro, BWV998.

Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach Competition is dedicated to young musicians with a passion for the music of J.S. Bach. The Centre is delighted to be able to provide passionate young musicians diverse platforms for music development, performance and support, including the annual Bach Competition.