Bali Open Piano Competition (BOPC) 2017 is entering its second day on September 24. (Shutterstock/File)
Bali Open Piano Competition (BOPC) 2017 is entering its second day on September 24. The two-day event had its official start on the day before with the competition is being held at the ballroom of Padma Resort Legian, Kuta, Bali.
The tourism ministry’s head of man-made promotion Ni Putu Gayatri said that the event is going well amid the recent alert status of Mount Agung.
“Everything is going smoothly and in order,” said Ni Putu.
International and local pianists from Australia, South Korea, France, Singapore, Japan, Jakarta, Bandung, Pekanbaru, Semarang and Bogor were seen busy doing registration and tuning the grand piano on September 21, one day before the competition began.
The competition consists of 12 categories, divided into two groups: Six categories for 'Free Choice' group and another six for 'Selection Choice' group.
“[The participants] are competing with other countries who came here with their own piano teacher and family members,” said the event’s committee head, Eleonora Aprilita.
One participant in the category A of Free Choice group named Emma Rose Koeswandy is a six-year-old who came all the way from Sydney, Australia with both of her parents.
“This is the first competition outside of Australia that Emma is participating in. Music is about exploring [the] performance, music can’t be forced and there’s not an instant way doing it. As a parent we have to accompany and follow the kid’s music process,” said Lusi Koeswandy, Emma’s mother.
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“Emma Rose has won Eistedford Ryde 2017, Australia World Category 7 and Under The Most Potential piano competitions,” added Eleonora.
Lusi also said that by participating in this competition, children will have a platform to learn from other contestants. They will be trained to be in the presence of other contestants who are outside of their own community.
“If it was held on school holidays, of course, it would have more participants from Australia since we can also go on a vacation while competing,” told Lusi.
Another contestant named Yuhana Okumura is a Japanese pianist who is competing in the Free Choice D category.
“I’m so excited for this competition, seeing other great contestants makes me feeling more excited,” said Yuhana. (asw)
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