The music of Frederic Chopin was celebrated in an evening of fine performances during the Ruth Scott Memorial Piano Competition which was held at the Trinity Presbyterian Church during Campbell River Music Week, an annual music festival organized by the Campbell River Friends of Music.
Adjudicator for this year`s competition was acclaimed performer Sarah Hagen who is also the director of the Piano Programme at CYMC where she has been a faculty member for over ten years.
Winner of this year’s competition is Dean Sanchez, piano student of local teacher Cindy Taylor. Sanchez is a former runner up of the Virginia Graczak Piano Competition and has also represented the local North Island festival of the Performing Arts as piano Alternate, Observer and Competitor throughout the past years at the BC Provincial Festival of the Performing Arts.
He has recently completed his second year of Sciences at North Island College while continuing to pursue his love of music. As winner of the Chopin Competition, Sanchez was also invited to perform in this year’s Rotary Honours Concert which was created and organized by Susie Moskovich.
The family and friends of Ruth Scott created the Ruth Scott Memorial Piano Competition annual scholarship as a legacy to Ruth`s love of the music of Frederic Chopin. Ruth was a member of the North Island Branch of the Registered Music Teachers` Association and the Campbell River Friends of music. She was a well loved and respected music teacher, colleague and friend to many throughout our community and beyond.