GRAFTON born Paul Hankinson took the classical music world by storm.
Tonight at the Gala Launch of the Gallery Foundation he will show off his talent which has gained him numerous national piano awards. The audience will enjoy selections from his current cabaret show.
He graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music Performance in Piano.
He earned first class honours and received the University Medal for Academic Excellence.
Mr Hankinson studied with renowned teachers Leah Horwitz, Stephen Emmerson and Natasha Vlassenko.
In 2000 he made his professional debut as soloist with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra.
In an art song duo with Amy Cutler in 2002 at the Tyalgum Festival, they re- ceived a standing ovation.
Piano trio, iven street trio, competed in International Chamber Music Competitions in Osaka and Melbourne.
Clarence Valley Conservatorium director Greg Butcher said young local clarinet quartet chronicairophonics ? Shari Keogh, Lexie Ware, Thomas Ellem and Sally-Anne Walters (bass clarinet) ? led by Greg Schubert, will perform at the launch while guests arrive.
Mr Butcher said the group won best instrumental ensemble at the Grafton Eisteddfod for two years in a row.
Genevieve Worrell and Mr Schubert will perform a saxophone duet at the launch which will be held at the Grafton Regional Gallery in Fitzroy Street at 6.30pm. Tickets are sold out.