Flautist named Cayman’s top young musician

| 04/05/2016
CNS Local Life

Pianist Vito Biliti of St Ignatius Catholic School and 2016 Young Musician of the Year Daniela Granados

(CNS): Daniela Granados, a flautist from St Ignatius Catholic School, has won the prestigious Young Musician of the Year competition for 2016. The 17-year-old musician performed the “Sonata Flute and Piano, Op. 120” by Edwin York Bowen, and “Hypnosis” by Ian Clark at the competition held Saturday, 30 April at Prospect Playhouse.

There was a tie for runner-up between Jaedyn Hanna, 14, from John Gray High School and Ruth Harris, 14, from St Ignatius. Hanna, a vocalist, gave a rendition of “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” by Jerome Kern and “Defying Gravity” by Stephen Schartz, while Harris, who plays the euphonium, performed “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” by Harbach/Kern, and “Midnight Euphonium” by Goff Richards.

The three won trophies as well as cash prizes from event sponsor Butterfield Bank for their outstanding achievements.

Other finalists were Liana Dacosta (vocals) from Clifton Hunter High School (CHHS) and Spark! School of Music; Dequan Smith (piano), CHHS and Mrs. Fran McConvey; Maya Antas (piano), Cayman International School and Spark!; Katherine Erskine (strings), CHHS; Adrian Anglin (woodwind), St Ignatius; and Marcos Bertran (woodwind), St Ignatius.

The competition was part of the 2016 National Children’s Festival of the Arts, for which final concerts will take place at the Family Life Centre from 4-6 May at 6:30pm. An awards night is set for 7 May at the same location and time, featuring a few highlights from the festival. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.


Category: Music, Youth

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