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Young Saxophonist wins Alex Lindsay music Award

Sep 16th, 2015 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment

right topNOTHING could stop saxophonist, Reuben Chin, from winning the Alex Lindsay Award for young musicians.

The 23-year-old broke his saxophone and had to borrow one to record his submission.

Then technical problems followed him to the concert room where he could only record one of the four pieces he needed for his application – the rest he taped on his own recording device.

Due to all the issues he, “wasn’t feeling too great about it” he said.

Now he has won, he plans to spend the $3000 prize money on a new saxophone he has had his eye on since last year.

Chin has been playing the saxophone for 12 years since his intermediate school teacher suggested he take up a serious instrument for high school.

His passion for the saxophone took him to the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University.

He completed a both a Bachelor and Postgraduate Diploma of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Musicology and Chinese.

He hopes to continue his study in the Netherlands under distinguished saxophonists, Johan van der Linden and Arno Bornkamp.

He enjoys playing music with other people, and the highlights of his career have been performing with the New Zealand Youth Orchestra in 2010 and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra last year.

Chin says the saxophone isn’t a standard orchestra instrument so he would like to get into chamber music.

“Doing chamber music gigs, maybe saxophone quartet or, just small ensemble stuff, that would be sort of the dream.” Chin said.

The other 2015 Alex Lindsay Award winners were, Annabel Drummond for the violin and Alexander McFarlane for the viola.

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