Year 9 musician gains bursary after ‘astounding’ mark at grade 8 piano

QE musician Anthony Zhang has been awarded a national bursary after achieving one of the highest marks in the country for his grade 8 piano examination.

The £150 Silver Bursary from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music caps a year of achievement for Anthony.

The School’s Director of Music, Kieron Howe, said: “His mark of 145 out of 150 (97%) is an astounding mark at any level and particularly at grade 8.

“This academic year Anthony has won silver medals at the Watford and North London Music festivals, playing the piano in the open category, where he was competing against adults – again a fine achievement.”

He also played the violin with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain between Easter and December 2010, performing at the Hexagon in Reading and the South Bank Centre in London.

Anthony plans to put the £150 towards his piano lessons.