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Young violinist 'overwhelmed with joy' to be crowned Emunah Young Musician of the Year
An 11-year-old violinist is “overwhelmed with joy” after winning a national music competition.
Amos Sharp of Golders Green succeeds his sister, cellist Anoushka Sharp, as Emunah Young Musician of the Year.
Accompanied on piano by his father, David Sharp, Amos impressed judges with his rendition of Massenet’s Meditation from Thais.
Announcing the winner, Malcolm Singer, director of music at the Yehudi Menuhin School, congratulated Amos for his “fine playing, lovely tone, and real communication with the audience”.
This was the second time the Highgate School pupil had entered the competition, which is run by the charity Emunah.
He said: “I really wanted to win. I feel ecstatic, overwhelmed with joy.
“I wanted to play as beautifully as I possibly could. I wanted to demonstrate that music has a hugely calming and uplifting effect, because it ties in with the idea to use music therapy at Emunah’s children’s homes in Israel.
“My ambition is to become a world-class soloist and be able to perform to, and delight, audiences around the world.”
Emunah provides welfare services in Israel, helping vulnerable children through its network of residential homes, high schools, day care, therapy and counselling centres.