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Violinist Tudela takes grand prize again in talent contest

FOR the second year in a row, violinist Allan Tudela has won the $2,000 grand prize in the CNMI’s Got Talent competition hosted by Bridge Capital LLC at the Pacific Islands Club on Saturday.

From left,  Bridge Capital LLC vice chairman and director of business development Shawn A. Scott, CNMI’s Got Talent winner Alan Tudela, Bridge Capital LLC principal and CEO John K. Baldwin and runner up John Darag pose at the Pacific Islands Club on Friday night.  Photo by Raquel C. Bagnol
Twelve-year-old Tudela, a seventh grade student at Agape Christian School, said he was very happy to win another grand prize.

Tudela, the son of Hua Tudela and the late Alejandro C. Tudela, was also a winner in Guam’s Young Artists Competition in 2010. It is his dream to become a conductor.

He said he started studying violin at the age of four, and gets inspiration from his mother and his father who passed away from cancer.

Tudela won first place in the Guam Symphony Society Young Artist Competition at the Tumon Bay Music Festival last year. He plans to attend the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading contest for violinists, in Austin, Texas in 2014.

Do Re Mi founder and professional violinist Ao Zhang said he supports Tudela’s dream of participating in the international competition.

“He has big dreams for the future, and we are doing the best we can to help him achieve his goals and dreams,” Zhang said.

Tudela spends most of his time practicing, five to seven hours a day, and up to eight hours on Sundays.

“All his spare time is spent practicing, but I know his patience will pay off,” Zhang said.

Tudela once again bested last year’s CNMI’s Got Talent second-placer John Darag, a secondary education student at the University of Guam. He received $1,000 for performing the song “This is the Moment.”

The Marianas High School Rhythm and Harmony musical group was named first runner up and won $750. Receiving the $600 second runner up prize was the “Passion” group of Rey Lizama and friends who performed a dance number.

Third runner up Doo Yong Lee went home with $500 for his piano playing.

Fourth runner up was the Lily Musicseed singing and guitar duo with John Ulrich on the guitar. They received $200.

Fifth runner up was Nathan Skitties Palacios who performed a breakdance number.

The other contestants were Cloency Chua who played the piano; Matthew Lopez, Veronika Lisus and Christine Lely Musni who sang; Julius Barro who impressed the audience with his yoyo skills; Haelin Kim who played the cello; JR Cadua who played the drums; Zhen Yu Su and Colin Fruit who played the violin; and Abel Pellegrino and companions who performed an acoustic band number.

All participants got a gift check from Bridge Capital LLC.

John K. Baldwin, principal and CEO of Bridge Capital LLC, thanked all the participants and said next year’s performers will showcase numbers with a Christmas theme.