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Kings County musician receives coveted award

Wolfville’s Chantal Peng receives the 2017 Nova Scotia Talent Trust Tietje Zonneveld Award in Halifax by the Nova Scotia Lt.-Gov. Arthur Leblanc during a recent ceremony. She says receiving the award makes her even more determined to practice piano harder. - Megan Jansen
Wolfville’s Chantal Peng receives the 2017 Nova Scotia Talent Trust Tietje Zonneveld Award in Halifax by the Nova Scotia Lt.-Gov. Arthur Leblanc during a recent ceremony. She says receiving the award makes her even more determined to practice piano harder. - Megan Jansen

Chantal Peng recognized for skills by Nova Scotia Talent Trust

WOLFVILLE, NS - A young Wolfville musician has added another award to her resume.

Chantal Peng may be only 17 years old, but she’s already making a name for herself on the provincial music scene. She was selected as this year’s recipient of the coveted Nova Scotia Talent Trust Tietje Zonneveld Award, which is presented to the pianist who, amongst all others, shows the greatest artistic potential and excellence.

“In October, I was notified by the NSTT staff that I had won a special scholarship award. It was very exciting,” says Peng, who has been a recipient of Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarships for the past three years.

Each year, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) awards 14 special awards, including the Tietje Zonneveld Award, at the discretion of a scholarship selection committee.

Award winners are chosen from among the pool of successful recipients who have already received an NSTT scholarship for the current application year, with the funds an addition to any scholarship amounts already received to help provide financial aid towards their endeavours.

Peng will receive a $1,000 scholarship as a recipient of the award.

“I was definitely very surprised to have received this incredible honour, and it is encouraging me to practice and work harder as a musician,” she said. “During the ceremony, I was playing the piano to welcome the lieutenant-governor, it was unforgettable.”

Peng, who has been studying piano since she was six, is currently a student of Acadia professor John Hansen. She hopes to study piano performance at university.

“I love music,” she says. “I would love to make music my future career.”

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