What is your chosen art form?

I first started to play the piano because my parents asked me to and then I began to show some talent in it. You know, sometimes the better you do something, the more you like doing it. In time, I attended competitions and won prizes. At university, I now have a bigger platform and have joined the symphony orchestra, learning how to work with other musicians.

What are you working on ahead of Platform?

I plan to bring a solo show and I’m also joining a group for the performance. I’m working hard on my solo performance, as well as collaborating with a group of my fellow scholars and associate artists.

If you are collaborating with other students tell us a bit about the process and how it’s going?

I have played with Teresa, Catrina and Ben before. We practice TRIO. I think I will finish practicing it in a short time and we may collaborate again after the break. I have also collaborated with Elizabeth and Georgia in the jazz chamber. I’ve had the opportunity to play with several of the groups working towards Platform, so watch this space!

Do you find any links between your creativity and your course?

I am not a particularly creative person, but I always finish what I am asked to do well. However, I am fully engaged in my job and I enjoy it because my job is all about piano and music. I will do anything assigned to me to the best of my ability and if I am not happy with anything, I will say it. Up to now, I feel happy!

What/Who inspires, influences or drives you?

Everyone. My parents, my relatives, my piano teachers. I always do my best and hate letting people down. Every time I finish a competition, the first thing I do is to find my piano teacher and ask her, was my performance okay? If she nods, I am satisfied.

I find that music can truly bring me happiness. Sometimes you have emotions that you can’t communicate to others, but when I play piano, I can say it in the music. I love to add interpretation to my music but I don’t know how to compose. I hope to learn in the future.

Do you have any other creative pursuits?

I think pop music played on piano is cool, like flower dance. This music is written by a DJ from Japan and in this music piano co-operates with violin and drums. It’s inspirational and romantic – I love it!


With thanks to Grace McQuaid for her generous support for this Arts Scholarship.


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Music can truly bring me happiness