1. What led you to play the violin?
I began learning the piano at the age of two. My older brother learnt to play so I was somewhat expected to follow in his footsteps. There came a point however that my mum decided that it would be a good experience for me to play music in a social environment, as the piano can be a solitary instrument. She thought she’d let me have a go at playing violin. Over the course of the next few years my focus shifted from piano to violin as I became more involved in playing in ensembles.
2. Tell us about your current career as a violinist
I'm a 24-year-old violinist from Adelaide, now living in Sydney, working with Opera Australia and String Musicians Australia. For the last two years with Opera Australia, I’ve performed some of the most challenging operatic works, including La Boheme, La Traviata, King Roger and contemporary works including Two Weddings One Bride.
As a representative of String Musicians Australia since 2011, I have performed for numerous weddings and corporate functions in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart, alongside Australia’s leading musicians. String Musicians Australia is renowned for employing high-class musicians from around the country.
Whilst I have performed mostly in string quartets with String Musicians Australia, performing with Opera Australia has given me a completely different performance experience. It has taught me that being part of a large-scale successful performance is a lot more than just coherence between the musicians, conductors and singers. It requires an immense variety of behind-the-scenes contributors that are paramount to the overall production.
In addition to this, I have been recently introduced to Sydney-based music producer and ‘Flow-Fi’ label Co-Founder ‘Aywy’. Through this collaborative friendship I have begun to find ways to use my skills to create my own music. I am learning about how others hear and create music, what fuels their inspiration and learning about the multifaceted industry. I have been inspired to work harder, smarter and with as many people as I can.
3. What are some of your favourite performance venues in Sydney?
I’ve performed at many venues in Sydney, including the Concert Hall, the Joan Sutherland Theatre, the Playhouse at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Town Hall. However, my favourite venue to perform at is Angel Place, City Recital Hall. The design of the amphitheatre and the acoustics make a unique and intimate performance experience everytime.
4. What size group do you prefer to play in and why?
I have no preference for the size of group I play in as each has it’s own pros and cons. My desire, in all the groups that I perform in, is to find that sense of satisfaction from contributing to something I love; something that will always be bigger than oneself.
5. What do you like most about performing for String Musicians Australia.
I studied with many of the musicians who represent String Musicians Australia, including the founder Jennen Ngiau-Keng. Aside from having a camaraderie built upon mutual experiences, the opportunity to perform with colleagues whom I still admire is very rewarding. There are a lot of talented musicians in Australia, but I like the fact that Jennen not only employs excellent musicians, but also ensures the musicians are reliable, positive and energetic.