Bprem's scaling the heights to success

On key: James Sheahan student Bprem Zakaria practising his next piece of music for his exams under the watchful eye of music teacher Ray James. Photo: Mark Logan.

On key: James Sheahan student Bprem Zakaria practising his next piece of music for his exams under the watchful eye of music teacher Ray James. Photo: Mark Logan.

As a 13 year old, Bprem Zakaria's musical tastes could only be described as eclectic.

From Billie Eilish and Arianna Grande through to K-pop, jazz and ragtime, Bprem's choices are certainly diverse.

Bprem began playing piano at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School five years ago and for the past four years he's received High Distinctions for Piano in his annual Australian Music Examination Board exams.

Achieving results like that means that Bprem puts in numerous hours of practice, but he doesn't really like to do it alone.

"I really like to play in front of people," he said. "I suppose I'm a bit of an actor when it comes to playing."

Every year Bprem learns three pieces of music, memorises scales, has an ear test, completes a music general knowledge test for his exam and his music teacher Ray James said he's an amazing student.

"He's got perfect pitch and passes his ear tests easily," he said. "He played Chopin's prelude beautifully for the exam."