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Tredegar euph in solo success

Sunday 15 November, 2020

Euphonium player Yu-Han Yang has celebrated after winning the prestigious Jeju International Brass Competition.

Tredegar Town Band’s principal euphonium player took the honours in the recent event, which went online for the first time in its history due to the ongoing pandemic. He came out on top ahead of Belgian performer Lorenz Havermans, with Yuki Yamazaki in third.

The jury comprised Adam Frey, Steven Mead, Akihito Ito, Allen Fan, Demondrae Thurman and Im Jong-an. The Jeju Festival assembled around 60 euphonium videos from the first round, sending out to the jury 24 second round videos, from those who qualified. These were then whittled down to the final three, who had to prepare a video performance of Philip Wilby’s Euphonium Concerto. Because of the time zones, it was impossible to have live performances for the jury to watch on the internet, so each of the finalists had to record a once-through performance on video at a date and time of their choosing, which were validated by members of the committee.

Reflecting on the event, jury member Steven Mead told British Bandsman: “The performance by Yu-Han Yang really ticked all the boxes for the jury members as it had great skill and dexterity, great control over the instrument across the full dynamic range, performed from memory and was extremely secure in its execution. This marks a great rise to prominence for the country of Taiwan whose young brass players have been making a name for themselves in recent years. I’m pretty sure that Yu Han’s experience playing with Tredegar has helped to solidify his sound and technique. He is a euphonium player with a very bright future ahead of him.”

The top three placed performers received $8,000, $6,000 and $4,000 US dollars in prize money following their success. The euphonium competition was joined by similar events for bass trombone, tuba and percussion, each consisting of three rounds.