Young vi­o­lin­ist per­forms with best of the best

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Teenage vi­o­lin­ist Rachel Twyman didn’t hold out much hope of be­ing se­lected for the NZSO National Youth Orches­tra – but she au­di­tioned any way.

The 17-year-old is over the moon to be one of the few high school stu­dents to be se­lected to play along­side the most gifted mu­si­cians from uni­ver­si­ties, mu­sic schools and ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions around the coun­try.

This month she has taken part in in­ten­sive re­hearsals and will per­form Tchaikovsky’s 5th Sym­phony and Beethoven’s 3rd Pi­ano Con­certo in con­certs in Auck­land and Welling­ton.

Rachel picked up vi­o­lin aged 4, and hardly put it down.

The Dioce­san School stu­dent loves per­form­ing and says the vi­o­lin is a way to ex­press her­self.

‘‘I’m not that great at talk­ing about feel­ings and stuff but I love hav­ing ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion when I’m per­form­ing and be­ing able to take them on a jour­ney,’’ she says.

‘‘The vi­o­lin is the has

re­ally ex­pres­sive and it can play a wide range of gen­res, so I play a lot of baroque and clas­si­cal and ro­man­tic mu­sic. It’s got a huge fa­cil­ity as well – there’s so many dif­fer­ent tech­niques in­volved and there’s so much vi­o­lin reper­toire and some of it’s just amaz­ing.’’

One of her favourites is the sec­ond move­ment of the Bruch Vi­o­lin Con­certo.

‘‘There’s so much emo­tion packed into that one move­ment,’’ Rachel says. ‘‘It’s got tragedy, it’s got a kind of mourn­ful­ness and it’s also got some cel­e­bra­tion, but it’s just a beau­ti­ful move­ment and I love play­ing and per­form­ing it.’’

High note: Rachel Twyman will be per­form­ing with the NZSO National Youth Orches­tra at the end of the month.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to watch Rachel Twyman per­form the Bruch Vi­o­lin Con­certo Move­ment 2.

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