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Cayman Islands 2017 Young Musician Named

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(Grand Cayman – 5 April 2017) The 10th Annual Butterfield Young Musician of the Year Awards evening took place on Saturday, 1 April 2017 at the Prospect Playhouse.

This year’s award was presented to Marcos Bertran, from St. Ignatius High School who studies under the instruction of Kazia Gibb, Musicians Ltd. Marcos won over the judges with his moving performances on the saxophone. Runner-up went to Liana DaCosta from Cayman Prep & High School, who trains with Spark! School of Music, in the Vocal category.

Returning judges Stephanie Williams and John McLaughlin Williams, with a new international judge Dr. David Ragsdale from the University of Alabama Huntsville, undertook the difficult task of evaluating the performances of the ten talented young musicians. The competition showcased a variety of very strong musical talent and guests enjoyed great musical performances by all finalists.

The 2016 Butterfield Young Musician of the Year, Daniela Granados, thrilled the audience with a solo rendition on the flute.

Each of the ten competitors received a trophy marking their achievements on reaching the finals for the 2017 competition. The first place winner and runner up also received trophies and cash awards courtesy of Butterfield.

“We congratulate all of this year’s finalists on their hard work,” said Michael McWatt, Butterfield’s Managing Director. “Seeing such an amazing level of talent in our youth is truly inspiring. On behalf of Butterfield, we thank the Department of Education Services and our judges for their dedication and support to our young people. It is our hope that our support will have a positive influence on the continued development of the performing arts in our Islands.”

Photo Caption: (L-R) 2017 Butterfield Young Musician of the Year – Judges, John McLaughlin Williams and Dr. David Ragsdale; Runner-up Liana DaCosta; 2017 Winner Marcos Bertran; Judge, Stephanie Williams; and Butterfield Managing Director, Michael McWatt.

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