Piano prodigy go­ing places

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

Nine-year-old Han­nah Wang’s prodi­gious piano per­for­mances have taken her around the world.

She was in­vited to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City, stormed the stage in Vi­enna, Paris and Imola, Italy and has just re­turned from a solo with the Wu Han Orches­tra in China.

The Year 5 Methodist Ladies’ Col­lege (MLC) stu­dent said the chance to per­form a move­ment from a Beethoven piano con­certo with an orches­tra was a “pres­ti­gious op­por­tu­nity”.

“One of my dreams was to per­form with a real orches­tra,” she said.

“I like how you can play around with sound and do dy­nam­ics and ges­tures.”

Han­nah said she imag­ined a va­ri­ety of places when she took to the keys.

“There was one Chopin piece I played that was a waltz, and it felt like rid­ing a roller­coaster,” she said.

She counts Mozart, Haydn, Glinka and Liszt as some of her favourite com­posers.

Han­nah started learn­ing piano when she was three-and-a-half af­ter watch­ing her el­der broth­ers play with a teacher at their home.

“She would sit on the end of the piano and say ‘it’s my turn’,” said her mother Christina.

The young pi­anist, who com­pleted her AMEB Grade 8 piano ex­am­i­na­tion at the age of seven un­der the tute­lage of Yoon Sen Lee, has won nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions and also plays vi­o­lin.

Mrs Wang said she “bawled her eyes out” when she saw her daugh­ter take to the stage with the Wu Han Orches­tra.

“I knew it was her dream,” she said. MLC mu­sic di­rec­tor Robert Faulkner said he wished he had known Han­nah years ago when writ­ing a chap­ter in Gary Mcpher­son’s 2016 book Mu­si­cal Prodi­gies.

“She’d def­i­nitely be in there,” he said. “We use the term prodigy care­fully, but this is truly ex­cep­tional.”

Han­nah said she would love to have more op­por­tu­ni­ties to per­form with or­ches­tras in the fu­ture. “I want to just let the au­di­ence en­joy.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483589

Han­nah Wang has just ful­filled her dream to per­form with an orches­tra, at a con­cert in China.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.