For the love of mu­sic

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ALASTAIR LYNN

Deb­bie King dreams of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional cham­ber mu­si­cian.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing an Auck­land Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra Schol­ar­ship, it’s safe to say the 16-year-old vi­o­list is in good hands.

The Dioce­san School for Girls stu­dent has been study­ing mu­sic for most of her life and now she is one step closer to achiev­ing her goal.

‘‘[Play­ing as a cham­ber mu­si­cian] is like a fam­ily,’’ she says.

‘‘It be­comes re­ally mag­i­cal when ev­ery­one be­comes one play­ing to­gether. I would re­ally like to get some ex­pe­ri­ence in the pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment. It’s good to be able to ask ques­tions about the in­dus­try or tech­niques.’’

The Re­muera res­i­dent has grown up sur­rounded by mu­sic.

The guid­ance pro­vided to her through the Auck­land Youth Or­ches­tra and the NZSO Na­tional Men­tor­ing Pro­gramme has been vi­tal to de­vel­op­ing her mu­si­cal knowl­edge.

‘‘I’m learn­ing things I’d never have been able to do alone,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s stretch­ing me and teach­ing me. It’s so ex­cit­ing.’’

Deb­bie started play­ing the vi­o­lin when she was 5 years old but says the switch to the vi­ola was when she re­ally dis­cov­ered mu­sic.

‘‘The vi­ola has a darker kind of sound and I thought it sounded in­ter­est­ing. It’s the most sim­i­lar in­stru­ment to the hu­man voice. It has a great po­ten­tial for ex­pres­sion. I think of my in­stru­ment as my voice.’’

Deb­bie ad­mits that mu­sic is some­thing that takes up the ma­jor­ity of her time. How­ever, it is clear the hours of per­fect­ing her craft are jus­ti­fied by a love of mu­sic.

‘‘You just need to make a sound that you like be­cause if you don’t like your sound then who else is go­ing to? It’s how we vi­su­alise the world around us.’’

Deb­bie King

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