Recital by students
A group of talented Auckland students are getting together this weekend for a recital that shows off their musical skill.
The students, aged 14 to 17, have been playing various instruments such as the violin, piano, oboe and cello from a very young age.
Most of them have taken part in some of the most prestigious musical concerts in New Zealand and also won scholarships.
Pianist Louise Burling, 16, began playing at the age of 5 when her parents encouraged her to try a range of activities.
‘‘My parents wanted me to try everything as a kid.
‘‘I did a lot of activities as a child like piano and ballet and sports. I did ballet for nine years [but piano] was the only thing that suited me.’’
The Westmere resident has performed in many different concerts such as the New Zealand Young Chinese Piano and Violin Talent where she was invited back as a special guest last year.
Last December Louise also received the associate diploma from the Trinity College of Music in London.
‘‘I really enjoy it. It’s only recently that I started to enjoy it as much as I have been. This year I found a new love for it. I don’t feel like I’ve been forced.’’
But piano is not the only thing the King’s College student plays.
She can also play saxophone, trumpet, pianoaccordion and guitar.
‘‘You kind of have to give up your social life to make time for the music. If I had a choice I’d love to do it as a career. I’m pretty uncertain though.’’
She credits some of her talent to mentor Leo StaffordBush who is organising the weekend recital.
‘‘We’ve had this group since we were all 7 to 8 years old. He’s taught us the fundamentals, he’s taught us how to have a character and personality despite not being a musician himself.’’
The recital will be held at King’s School in Remuera on Sunday at 1pm.
Young talent: High school student Louise Burling has been playing the piano for 12 years.