David Thompson seeking support from P.E.I. for national piano contest

Steve Sharratt comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on January 26, 2016

Currently in ninth place of CBC Piano Hero contest that has voting close in one day

MONTAGUE– David Thompsone loves tickling the ivories and the P.E.I. teen's hope in a national piano contest is counting on Islanders to help him by tickling the online "vote" button.

Thompson is a 17-year-old high school student who has entered the CBC Piano Hero contest and is currently in ninth place.

He’s hoping to advance to the next round if he has enough family, friends and Island supporters who will go online and vote for him before the contest closes Thursday at 3 p.m.

“I’ve been playing since I was six and I love music,” said the Grade 12 student before sitting down and offering up a boogie woogie at the family home.

The contest requires contestants to send in a video of them performing a piece of music. Thompson selected a song by Norwegian classical composer Edvard Grieg and admits it was daunting.

“I can’t remember how many times I had to start the video over and over again to complete it with no mistakes,’’ he laughs.

The only Island representative in the top 10 most-viewed videos as of Tuesday, he has a chance to be named Canada's favourite amateur classical pianist.

The winner gets an upright piano courtesy of Steinway Piano Galleries of Canada plus a trip for two to Montreal to make a professional music video, a private piano lesson with musician David Jalbert and attendance at a concert by l'Orchestre Métropolitain, including the opportunity to perform a pre-concert solo.

“I have a lot of friends helping me, but it would be awesome if the entire province helped me out.”

Anyone can vote once a day, every day until 3 p.m. Jan. 28. Thompson performed his piece at the Hillcrest United Church. It can be viewed at http://piano2016.strutta.com/entry/9972503 or search for piano hero 2016 and follow links.

David Thompson needs Island help if he hopes to win the CBC Piano Hero contest for 2016.

©THE GUARDIAN/Steve Sharratt