The Talent Trust is proud to announce the creation of the Yue Lih “Lee” and Marion Kuo Award. The award will be given to a Talent Trust scholarship recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in music as an instrumentalist. The award is $1,000 and is made possible by Marion Kuo and Earl Wadden.
“This award will celebrate my father's life and his love for music. My husband and I are happy to help young musicians succeed in their formative years”, states Marion Kuo.
Marion Kuo has been a member of the Sackville Community Band Society for over ten years. She performs on a regular basis with the Sackville Concert Band at the Portia White Gala Concert. She has been an accompanist/band player for several choirs, orchestras and a community theatre; she volunteers with Seniors Groups regularly.
Marion Kuo’s father Lih Kuo was born in Swatow, China on January 6th, 1916 (as China became a Republic following the Last Emperor). He went to England n 1938 under a student exchange program as part of Britain’s reparation for the Opium Wars. However, when the 2nd World War broke out, he was unable to return home and stayed in England as a “Friendly Alien”. Although he was not a musician, he was interested in music and encouraged his daughter Marion in musical studies - mainly piano, but also cello and church organ. He died in 2011.
The Yue Lih and Marion Kuo award will be presented for the first time at the Special Awards Ceremony on December 12, 2017 from 2- 4 p.m. at the Halifax Central Library. The event is open to the public.
For more information about the special awards go to http://nstalenttrust.ns.ca/Awards/Special-Awards/