Winner of the 2016 BC Provincial Piano Competition

Provincial piano champ comes to Campbell River

Markus Masaites will play Trinity Presbyterian Church Feb. 26

The winner of the 2016 BC Provincial Piano Competition is coming to town.

The North Island Branch of the Registered Music Teachers is proud to announce an exciting concert performed by Markus Masaites on Sunday, Feb. 26, as he prepares to represent our province at the Canadian National Competition in March.

Markus started piano lessons at the age of six, and has since been very successful in many festivals and exams in the Lower Mainland. He received impressive marks of 95 per cent in both his Grade 9 and 10 Royal Conservatory of Music Practical Piano Exams and represented Coquitlam in the 72nd Provincial Festival of the Arts in Powell River where he placed first in his division.

Masaites was also accepted into the prestigious Morningside Music Bridge summer programme at the Mount Royal University of Calgary, and was also invited to attend the Valhalla Music School in Revelstoke. He hopes to pursue his secondary education with a focus on both music and the sciences.

In Campbell River, he will be enchanting the audience with works by Bach (Partita No.2), Beethoven ( Sonata Op 31, No 2  ‘Tempest’) Chopin (Nocturne Op.48 N0. 1) Rachmaninoff (Prelude Op. 32 No. 10), Prokofiev (Sonata No.1) and Louie (I Leap Through the Sky With Stars). There will also be an Intermission where guests can enjoy some goodies and refreshments.

The Campbell River concert happens at 2 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 145 Simms Road.

This marvellous programme will open Towa Stewart (a student of Shelley Roberts) who well represented the North Island at the same Piano Competition Masaites won. He will delight us with Chopin’s Etude in C#- Op.24 No 7 as well as a jazzy arrangement of Michael Jackson’s Bad/Smooth Criminal.

He has provided well written Programme Notes which will enrich the concert experience for both students and all music lovers, which will be available at the door upon request.

The tickets will be $15 for adults, and $10 for students and Seniors. These can be purchased at the door or by contacting Sonia Hauser (Campbell River) at 250-923-2212 or by email at sshauser5@shaw.ca or Janet Shaw (Courtenay/Comox) at 250-339-7429 or tjshaw@shaw.ca