FRIDAY NIGHT’S WELCOME
Pianist and child prodigy, Augustin Wright has been dazzling audiences with his piano playing since the age of five. His love of music and performing is his ultimate passion. He studies in the Young Artist Collegiate program at the Vancouver Academy of Music with piano teacher Rebecca Kelly and has regular Master classes with Sasha Starcevich and Ilana Vered. He is working towards attaining his Royal Conservatory Associate Diploma in Piano and Cello.
Augustin was awarded 2nd place at the Virtuoso International Competition and made his Mozarteum debut in Salzburg, Austria (July 2017). He has been invited to perform as pianist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall in New York and as a participant on Radio Canada’s TV Series, ‘Virtuose’. He is the recipient of numerous local awards and honours for piano and cello and has been guest soloist twice with the Ambleside Orchestra.
Augustin is very well known in his local community for sharing his music and raising money to support charities. Since 2011, he has hosted a benefit concert for UNICEF and the Red Cross and has raised over $20,000. Augustin has received the “Youth Who Make a Difference” award by UNICEF Canada.
An IB student at Mulgrave School in West Vancouver, Augustin excels in science and sports in addition to his passion for music. He speaks French, English, Spanish and Mandarin and has recently been invited to participate in a summer internship program at Harvard University where he will combine cancer research with a benefit concert
The Squamish Nation Dancers will be welcoming us at the Friday night social during the conference.
SATURDAY NIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT
The entertainment at the Saturday night banquet will feature the Langley Ukulele Ensemble. The group are currently celebrating their 35th Anniversary. The ensemble is internationally renowned and considered to be one of the top ukulele performing ensembles in the world. They were prominently featured in the 2008 award-winning document film, The Mighty Uke. The group is composed of 20 musicians, aged twelve to eighteen years, who perform 50-80 concerts a year. They have performed in Canada, Florida, Texas, California, Nevada, the Pacific Northwest, Japan and Hawaii. The ensemble was named Langley’s Entertainer of the Year for 2005. The ensemble has performed at many Rotary events including Rotary International Conventions in San Antonio, Los Angeles and New Orleans. If you have never heard the William Tell Overture (think Lone Ranger) or Chuck Berry’s “Jonny B. Goode” played on a ukulele you are in for a treat.