January 2020 Winner: Jade Park
Jade Park is an eleven-year-old trumpet performer from Australia. The past year has been full of exciting musical opportunities and accolades for Park. She was awarded the first prize and exceptional young talent prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Rome, Italy, and was awarded a full music scholarship to attend the MLC school in Sydney. Additionally, she was awarded an ITG Conference Scholarship, as well as being a finalist for the 2019 ITG Youth Competition in Miami, Florida, USA. She has performed in multiple masterclasses and won first prize in the brass solo category at the Sydney, Ryded, Bathurst, Penrith, Orange, and Northern Beaches Eisteddfod competitions.
In addition to her very active musical schedule, she has also won first place in multiple years at the New South Wales Taekwondo State Championships and a Gold Medal at the National Taekwondo Championships. She was recommended for the ITG Young Artist Award by Brian Evans, Opera Australia Orchestra, past president of the ITG, and president of the Australian Trumpet Guild. As the January 2020 Young Artist Award recipient, she will receive a complimentary one-year membership to ITG. Congratulations, Jade!