Global Youth Music Competition

2011 winner from 'Down Under'

Daniel Nistico, from Melbourne, is the winner of the second Lions Global Youth Music Contest, receiving $US 10,000 for his efforts. Daniel was the chosen candidate from Lions Constitutional Area 7, representing Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Islands of the South Pacific.

Daniel first started learning classical guitar at age 12. In 2005 he was accepted into the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Young Academy, followed by the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), a specialist music and dance school.

This year [2011] Daniel will be completing his Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) at the Faculty of the VCA and Music with Aria award winning guitarist Antony Field. During his undergraduate studies at the institution he received several scholarships and awards and participated in master classes from many internationally renowned guitarists including Manuel Barrueco and Stanley Yates.

New Zealand Lions will remember Daniel for his very generous gesture in donating back his $1,200 prize money to the 202E Earthquake Relief Fund, when his area win was announced at the national Convention in Rotorua in April.

Lion Graham Atkinson from Wellington ran the contest for Constitutional Area 7, using YouTube to uplift the entrants’ performances. One of the criteria he set was that entrants had to include a piece by a New Zealand composer.





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