A Papamoa guitarist has picked his way to the top and won both a half scholarship and the accolade of rock legend Steve Vai.
Gabe Dovaston received the half scholarship after finishing runner-up in the Steve Vai Scholarship worldwide guitar competition.
The half scholarship means he has to find a further £2500 for a one year Higher Diploma Guitar Course at London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.
“I didn’t win, but out of the whole world I came second,” says Gabe.
“Steve Vai chose me as runner-up, winning the partial scholarship, which is half the course paid.”
The musician first graduated from WINTEC with a Bachelor of Media Arts in commercial music in 2009 and later went on to receive a BMA Honours in April last year.
He begins study in London in October.