7-year-old wins gold with violin

Young Penticton resident Sabine Teo brought home a gold medal from the Royal Conservatory for the best marks in the violin exam.

Seven-year-old Sabine Teo recieving her medal at the Royal Conservatory on Nov. 16

Seven-year-old Sabine Teo recieving her medal at the Royal Conservatory on Nov. 16

She has been playing violin for nearly half of her life, which is around three years.

In that short time seven-year-old Sabine Teo has already brought home a gold medal in the preparatory violin examination from the Royal Conservatory.

“It felt really good,” said Teo.

She received the award at a public ceremony in Vancouver on Nov. 16.

She has been playing since she was four years old and her instructor is Elizabeth Lupton. Teo isn’t shy about what draws her to the violin.

“I think it makes a really cool sound,” adding that she likes the songs that she plays.

Regional gold medals go to those who score the top marks in B.C. on the preparatory exams each academic year.

“He (the tester) played a really hard song on piano and I had to play it back and then he played an easier song and I played it back,” said Teo.

While she’s already got a foot in the door musically, Teo has her sights set on a different career path. She hopes to be a doctor when she grows up.