As part of its ongoing partnership with The Recording Academy, Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry has selected six students from its Music Funds in China, the UK and Japan to attend the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles taking place July 12–21. The six international selectees are Hiu Ching Natalie Lam, Kit Lau Tsz, Kunito Kitai, Yoko Suzuki, Jordan Hadfield, and Renato Paris.
From the Chinese University of Hong Kong, under the aegis of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, trumpeter Hiu, who picked up her instrument "by chance" at age 6, sees music as a "connection to the world around her."
Fellow flautist Kit plays "morning, noon and night" and swims as a way to recharge and practice music more.
"I go to college … and then play drums for as long as I can," added Kitai. "I don't see it as practicing, because I love it so much."
"I can't get music out of my head," said Suzuki, a jazz piano student from Japan's Kunitachi College of Music. "If I'm not playing or listening to music, I need to go to a live gig or watch a musical movie."
Hadfield, a percussionist from the World Heart Beat Music Academy in London, is a fan of GRAMMY winner Stevie Wonder and the "perfect sound" of his favorite band, GRAMMY winners Steely Dan. He and his friend Paris, a vocalist who has composed more than 50 songs, practice and compose for hours each day in pursuit of their dream.
The first Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry Music Fund was established in China in 2012 and the model was quickly replicated in the UK and Japan. Each Music Fund operates in conjunction with a leading musical institution in its respective country, with a mission to support talented young musicians by providing scholarships and opportunities for musical development within the framework of an international music exchange program.
This year's talent includes two students from each Music Fund. During the 10-day hands-on camp, the selected students, together with 167 students from throughout the United States, will be immersed into the creative and business side of the world of music led by some of the industry's most distinguished professionals. The week will culminate in a grand finale concert held at the iconic El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on July 20. The evening will feature live performances of music written by students during GRAMMY Camp before an audience of music industry professionals.
By providing a platform for today's rising talent, Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry, in partnership with The Academy, helps to ensure that our shared musical heritage is handed down to the next generation.
Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2015 are currently online at www.grammyintheschools.com and the deadline is March 31, 2015. Financial aid is available and approximately 80 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance.