At this time last year, FLIS students and staff were thrilled to learn that graduates from Fuzhou Lakeside International School had received acceptance letters from many prestigious universities in Europe, North America, and Australia. And shortly after the start of this school year, another FLIS student, James Liu, received an acceptance letter from the Eastman School of Music, one of the world's premiere schools of music!
The Eastman School of Music is an American music school. Founded in 1921, Eastman has been recognized as one of the top music schools in the world. Along with other top-ranked conservatories (such as Juilliard and Curtis Institute of Music), Eastman School of Music enjoys a high international reputation for its dedication to high standards in music.
When he was 15 years old, James saw a folk song performed live on TV and was deeply touched by the beautiful music. He spent a lot of time thinking about how great it would be if he could play an instrument himself. After some thought, he chose the classical guitar, an acoustic wooden string instrument that can perform different musical styles.
For the past four or five years, James has been using his time outside of school to refine his piano skills. In addition to the classical guitar, he also practices piano and performs a wide variety of music genres. Music has brought about a lot of changes in him personally: he says he can now see the world more openly, and he is more focused, calm and inclusive in his dealings with people. This is not unrelated to his studies at FLIS -- the diverse and enriching curriculum has opened his eyes to all that the world has to offer, and the loving and inclusive environment has fostered his personal development.
James not only loves music and enjoys feeling the charm of music, but also enjoys communicating with others through music. In late 2019, James approached his teachers with the idea of holding a special concert at the school. The teachers were slightly surprised but also impressed by this confident young man. Actually, FLIS has always encouraged students to develop their talents to the fullest and has constantly created better conditions for them to showcase those talents. In the end, a well-prepared concert - and the first ever solo music recital at FLIS - was successfully staged. James played six pieces of music on the piano and classical guitar. This included classical works of famous musicians such as Bach, Mozart, and Paganini. Before each piece of music, he not only explained to the audience about the background of the piece, but also about his understanding of the work. He hoped that he could bring enjoyment to the audience and have more communication opportunities. At last, James also showed everyone a piece of music that he himself composed. Because of the success of this recital, we invited James on stage again in the 2020 graduation ceremony to wish the graduates good luck through music.
After deciding to pursue music as a career, James set his sights on applying to major music schools. After practicing hard and constantly improving his skills and knowledge of music, his playing became more and more complete and dynamic. In the end, James' musical talent was recognized by many colleges and universities, including the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. In the future, he will be able to continue his music studies at the college of his choice!
James once said that his favorite musician is Beethoven. As an outstanding musician in the history of classical music, Beethoven's persistence in music and his unyielding spirit of ambition have always inspired him to strive for continuous improvement of his skills, and even though he has been admitted to many colleges and universities, he still thinks his wonderful life of music has just begun. We hope that James will be able to shine on an even bigger stage and express his heart to the world with passion, through his music!
We're now planning to arrange a graduation concert for James. Please stay tuned for the coming announcement!
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