August 20, 2020 prassenjit

Global High Scorers from the ABRSM Examinations

On the 11th of July, the Associated Board of the Royals Schools of Music organised a virtual concert to showcase performances by the highest scorers of their examinations across the globe. The concert featured performers from Australia, Macau, China, the Dominican Republic, India, Malta, Turkey and the United States of America.

Among the performers were four South Asian musicians, including SASF’s own Anirban Mazumder, and Tiara Michelle Oberoi from the Harmony Chorus that performed at the Peace Notes concert last October.

Anirban serenades us on his violin with the first movement from the evergreen Partita no. 2 in d minor, by J. S. Bach. His rendition is elegant and tasteful, with some hints of rubato shining through, clear voicing and precise intonation.

Tiara is singing the German aria “Mein Herr Marquis” from the operetta Die Fliedermaus by Johann Strauss. More commonly known as “Adele’s Laughing Song” because of the playful laughter integrated into the melody, it is a charming and delightful song. Tiara’s singing is marvellously expressive and captures Adele’s teasing nature; Tiara executes the high D towards the end with panache.

Here are the timestamps from the YouTube video of the concert (linked above):

  • 36:35 – Sunil Parameswaran from Bengaluru performing Erik Satie’s Gnosienne 1 on the classical guitar for his Diploma exam (DipABRSM).
  • 45:05 – Anirban Mazumder from Kolkata, playing the violin for this Grade 8 exam.
  • 51:37 – Ruchir Sachin Ingale from Pune, performing Paganini’s Rondeau from the Sonata Concertata on the violin, for his Grade 6 exam.
  • 01:15:15 – Tiara Michelle Oberoi from Bengaluru, singing for her ARSM exam.

Congratulations to all the performers! Job well done.