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ORMTA Young Artist Winner Announced

2022 Young Artist Winner

Aidan Lao, ORMTA Young Artist Winner with Laura Gray, ORMTA President.

Aidan Lao Wins Prestigious Competition in Kingston, ON

This year, four gifted young pianists participated in the Ontario Young Artist Competition.  The competition took place in the beautiful Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on the Queen’s University campus on Sunday, July 24, 2022 during the biennial convention for the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association (ORMTA).  Each performer presented a recital program of contrasting works, approximately forty-five minutes in length.

Three well-known music professionals acted as adjudicators for the ORMTA Young Artist Competition:

  • Lesley Andrew, voice
  • Michel Fournier, piano
  • Patricia O’Callaghan, voice

This year’s winner of the ORMTA Young Artist Competition is seventeen-year-old Aidan Lao.

Seventeen-year-old Canadian pianist Aidan Lao studies currently with Dr. Michael Esch in Markham, Ontario. He completed his ARCT Diploma with a 94% First Class Honours with Distinction, and he will complete his LRCM diploma through the Royal Conservatory of Music later within the year. Aidan has enjoyed considerable success in competitions at the local and provincial festivals in Ontario and has also won international competitions. A gifted improviser, in 2020 Aidan was featured by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers in celebration of Canada Music Week. Aidan is a passionate software developer and has won several times in the DECA business competition.

The ORMTA Young Artist Competition and Tour are projects of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations. The competition is open to pianists, singers and instrumentalists who are currently studying with a member of CFMTA and ORMTA. As the ORMTA Young Artist for 2022, Aidan Lao will embark upon a concert tour of Ontario in the 2022-2023 academic year.  He will also represent ORMTA at the National Piano Competition in Edmonton, AB in July of 2023.

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