PLAY­ING ON THE HEARTSTRINGS

Cel­list Ou-yang Nana will soon con­duct a 12-city tour of the main­land to sup­port her new al­bum — songs from Walt Dis­ney movies. re­ports.

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - YOUTH | VIBES -

Like many peo­ple her age, Ou-yang Nana grew up watch­ing Walt Dis­ney movies, and her fa­vorite char­ac­ter is Cin­derella.

“She faces life’s dif­fi­cul­ties with kind­ness and courage, which is very in­spir­ing to me,” says Ou-yang, a 17-year-old cel­list from Tai­wan. “I ap­ply that phi­los­o­phy in my own life.”

When she was asked by her record com­pany, Univer­sal Mu­sic Group, to record an al­bum of songs from movies by Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures, Ou-yang nat­u­rally chose the song, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, which was writ­ten and com­posed by Mack David, Al Hoff­man and Jerry Liv­ingston, for the Dis­ney movie, Cin­derella, in 1950.

The cel­list also chose an­other eight pieces to per­form with the Bul­gar­ian Film Orches­tra for the al­bum, Cello Loves Dis­ney, in­clud­ing Let It Go, a song writ­ten and com­posed by Kris­ten An­der­son­Lopez and Robert Lopez, from Dis­ney’s 2013 movie, Frozen, and Can You Feel the Love Tonight, a song com­posed and sung by El­ton John, from the 1994 movie, The Lion King.

One of the high­lights of the al­bum sees the cel­list per­form­ing with Hong Kong su­per­star Jackie Chan on a Man­darin ver­sion of the pop song, A Whole New World, from Dis­ney’s 1992 movie, Aladdin.

To sup­port the new al­bum, which was re­leased on June 16, Ou-yang will launch a 12-city tour across the Chi­nese main­land from Bei­jing on Aug 15, other cities in­clud­ing Suzhou, Nan­jing and Hangzhou.

It has been two years since the cel­list re­leased her de­but al­bum, ti­tled 15, on which she per­forms clas­si­cal pieces, such as Ger­man com­poser Felix Men­delssohn’s cello sonatas, Songs Without Words, and Bri­tish cel­list and com­poser Wil­liam Henry Squire’s Taran­tella ( Op 23 for cello and pi­ano).

“In the past, my goal was to become a cel­list with great tech­nique and dis­tinc­tive style. So I put emo­tional mu­sic pieces that touched me on my first al­bum. But now, I want more peo­ple to en­joy my mu­sic,” she says.

Her change of at­ti­tude came from au­di­ence feed­back.

“Most mem­bers of the au­di­ence com­ing to my recitals are teenagers. They of­ten find Al­lAboutSe­crets

the clas­si­cal mu­sic pieces hard to un­der­stand and then lose in­ter­est,” says the cel­list. “I want to show them that clas­si­cal mu­sic can be fun. I want to of­fer them a dif­fer­ent feel­ing about clas­si­cal mu­sic and the cello.”

Born in Taipei in a celebrity fam­ily — her par­ents are both ac­tors and her aunt a pop singer, Ou-yang has lived in the spot­light from a young age. Since child­hood, she has ap­peared on TV shows with

“I re­ally don’t feel an ad­van­tage over oth­ers be­cause of my fam­ily back­ground, but I do feel I need to work very hard to prove my­self,” she says.

Ear­lier this month, Ou-yang trav­eled to 17 cities on the Chi­nese main­land to pro­mote her new movie and new al­bum.

“Lately, I of­ten think of my child­hood, es­pe­cially the days when I be­gan play­ing the cello,” she says. “I miss the days when I had the time to play my in­stru­ment for six hours or more a day alone in my room. But now I have to squeeze a few hours to be alone with my in­stru­ment.”

She al­ways guar­an­tees her­self at least three hours of prac­tice ev­ery day, as “a way of med­i­ta­tion and re­lax­ation”.

Call­ing be­ing a cel­list a pas­sion and her role as an ac­tress a job, Ou-yang says her mu­si­cal am­bi­tion is to col­lab­o­rate with the Ja­panese com­poser and con­duc­tor Joe Hi­saishi.

“It is on my wish list. But I know I still need to pre­pare my­self more to make this col­lab­o­ra­tion hap­pen,” she says.

Con­tact the writer at chen­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

MAO JINGCHUN / FOR CHINA DAILY

Ou-yang Nana plays the cello at a re­cent news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing.

ZHENG SHUAI / FOR CHINA DAILY

The mu­si­cian meets the au­di­ence on July 7 in a cin­ema in Fuzhou, Fu­jian prov­ince, to pro­mote cam­pus film that stars her.

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