Kao Han-Yen wins Belgian International Marimba Competition
Kao Han-Yen’s performance was the best yet by a musician from Taiwan: he not only won the first prize at this prestigious event, but he also won the Viewers Choice Award. This is something which rarely occurs and indeed makes him a shining light of Taiwan. As part of his first prize, Kao will receive an Adams Artist Ludwig marimba and free recording sessions at the Academic Hall in Sint-Truiden. The competition organizers will also help Kao participate in other international festivals and perform at the laureate recital at the 2015 Universal Marimba Festival.
The Director of the Education Division, Huei-wen Hsu, met with Kao Han-Yen on August 1 to congratulate him on behalf of the Ministry of Education and of the Taipei Representative Office in the EU & Belgium. Kao Han-Yen expressed his gratitude towards his teachers who encouraged his participation, and how happy he felt to have experienced the competition and how grateful for the opportunity to broaden his horizons. Director Hsu suggested that he share details of his experience with his university peers and encourage them to also participate in international competitions. This would not only enrich their music education but also increase Taiwan’s musical profile in the world.