Forest Lake siblings Nadia and Eric Suminto achieved great results at the recent Brisbane Piano Festival.
14-year-old Nadia placed 3rd against four other competitors in the Opens Category for Grade 6 Piano and above at the June 19 event with the song “Cinema”, composed by Australian pianist Elena Kats-Chernin.
10-year-old Eric placed 3rd in the Grade 1-3 Piano category with “The Entertainer” against eight other competitors.
Eric and Nadia’s mother Ruth Suminto said both siblings played fantastically and impressed the judges with their entertaining performances.
“[Nadia] just finished Grade 5 and is learning to do Grade 6 exams, and the category was open for Grade 6 and above, so she was playing against other people that are higher grades than her,” she said.
“Her performance was fantastic – I think she performed the songs really well and really captivated the judges.”
Mrs Suminto said Eric played with great confidence and dynamics to provide an entertaining and well-delivered performance.
“[Eric] had just completed the Preliminary exam and he was competing in Grade 1-3, so there were other people that were above his grade level as well,” she said.
Nadia said she was surprised to receive 3rd place in the Opens category.
“My performance was quite upbeat and fast – I think it was quite entertaining,” she said.
Eric said it felt really good to come third in the Grade 1-3 category.
“I was quite surprised, because there were a few people in my competition that sounded better,” he said.