Shar­ing mu­sic Shuan’s pas­sion

Stirling Times - - News - Kristie Lim

AWARD-win­ning Dianella pi­ano prodigy Shuan Hern, who has per­formed in more than 20 coun­tries, says he keeps on widen­ing his reper­toire with ev­ery con­cert.

The 15-year-old was nom­i­nated for the WA Young Achiever Awards’ Arts and Fash­ion Award, with the win­ners to be an­nounced on May 26.

Hern is study­ing at the In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Academy In­con­tri Col Mae­stro of Imola in Italy and UWA, while also be­ing taught by his dad Yoon Sen Lee.

His ac­co­lades in­clude Chopin In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion in Hartford Con­necti­cut, As­tana Pi­ano Pas­sion in Kaza­khstan, Sber­bank De­but In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion in Ukraine and Young Pi­anist of the North In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion in United King­dom.

He also ap­peared on The Voice Kids as part of Aus­tralian soloist Delta Goodrem’s team.

Hern said he trav­elled over­seas seven or eight times a year.

“I just came back from Italy and I also went to China for a con­cert in Jan­uary,” he said.

“I am home-schooled so it makes it much eas­ier for me to travel, with my aca­demic work along with my mu­sic as a pri­or­ity.

“I usu­ally spend two to three hours of home-school­ing and aca­demic work (and) I do it con­cur­rently with univer­sity work where there are 15 con­tact hours a week.”

Hern said his love of mu­sic kept him mo­ti­vated to achieve his goals.

“Ever since I started play­ing pi­ano and singing at the age of two-and-a-half, I’ve al­ways loved mu­sic and not just pi­ano it­self; I used to play vi­o­lin and cello,” he said.

“I think my (long-term) goal is to be a world con­cert pi­anist and go around shar­ing my mu­sic with peo­ple.”

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