Aspiring Campbell River pianist earns honours at provincials

Teenager has also been selected for exchange with Ishikari, Japan

  • Jun. 15, 2017 9:30 a.m.

Julie Matsuzawa, a 15-year-old Carihi student, has recently returned from the performing arts provincials in Kamloops where she represented the North Island Festival of the Performing Arts.

There, she received Honorable Mention in both Intermediate Piano and Canadian Piano. Each regional festival in B.C. sends its most promising young artists to attend the five-day event which encompasses competitions, adjudications, workshops and concerts. Matsuzawa studies piano with Shelley Roberts and advanced theory with Sandy Havelaar. She has completed her RCM Grade 10 piano and is currently beginning ARCT in piano performance.

Matsuzawa has also received another honour, this one from the Campbell River Twinning Society. She has been selected as one of two students to represent Campbell River for a year of study and Japanese life in our Sister City of Ishikari, Japan. The society has been participating in student and cultural exchange for over 33 years.

“Julie is a positive, outgoing young woman, who we feel possesses all of the qualities of a true Canadian – intelligence, kindness and a sense of adventure,” says Sue Hall.

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