Andrew Chan (centre) receives his prize from the judges


陳永業(中)從評判手上取得獎項

Andrew plays Timpani during the competition


陳永業在比賽中演奏定音鼓

Date: 25 Nov 2014 (Tuesday)

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Music student wins top prize in Italy Percussion Competition

音樂系學生意大利敲擊樂大賽掄元

Andrew Chan (Music Studies, year 3) recently clinched the first prize in the 19 to 25-year-old category of the Italy Percussion Competition (Timpani) at the Italy Percussion Festival organised by the Italy Percussive Arts Society. Andrew was the only Asian who won a prize at the event.
 
In the competition, Andrew had to perform a different piece for each of the three rounds. He said all the contestants were of a high calibre and well-trained, so the winning difference depended solely on their live performance on stage. He attributed his success not only to his hard work but also many others who had helped him prepare for the event, especially his teachers in the Department of Music. “When I found out that the competition would be held in a small room of a hotel, I knew that the choice of mallets would be a key factor to overcome the strong echo -- if I chose a pair that was too hard, it would be too loud, but if they were too soft, the sound would not be clear enough. I discussed at length the choice of mallets with my two music teachers at HKBU and they provided many suggestions, and helped me a great deal to overcome the problems resulting from the location, enabling me to outperform others,” said Andrew. 
 
Andrew started playing percussion instruments only four to five years ago, and learnt to play Timpani two years ago. He thanked the Department of Music for its support, and said he was fortunate because the Department is equipped with the largest collection of percussion instruments among local higher education institutions.
 
The Italy Percussion Competition is an international contest for percussion instruments, including marimba, vibraphone, timpani, snare drum, and drum set. This year marks the 12th edition of the annual event, and jury members include world-renowned artists.

音樂學三年級學生陳永業最近參加意大利敲擊樂大賽,在定音鼓19至25歲組別中贏得冠軍,成為唯一在比賽中獲獎的亞洲參賽者。
 
比賽分為三部份,參賽者須在每一部份演奏不同曲目。陳永業表示,參賽者都具很高的音樂水平,所以致勝完全靠臨場的發揮。他對自己的成就不僅歸功於本身的努力,還有很多幫助他的人,例如浸大音樂系的老師。他說:「當我知道比賽在酒店內的一個小房間進行,我意識到會產生強烈的回音,所以選擇合適的鼓棒是一個關鍵,因為如果鼓棒太堅硬,鼓聲就會太大,如果太柔軟,鼓聲又會不清晣。於是我向兩位音樂系的老師求教和詳談,他們給予我選擇鼓棒的秘訣,協助我克服環境因素,從而勝過其他參賽者。」
 
永業由四、五年前開始學習敲擊樂,學習定音鼓則只有兩年。他感謝浸大音樂系和老師給他的支持,他說,音樂系擁有全港高等院校最大的敲擊樂器庫,對他的幫助很大。
 
意大利敲擊樂大賽是世界性比賽,今年是第12屆,評判均是世界著名的樂手。