Studied: China, Melbourne
Likes: Hot pot, delicious food, snow
Dislikes: Pop music, being late, hot weather
Congratulations on winning 3MBS’s The Talent Season 2 2018. How did you feel about winning the competition?
It was a pleasure to win The Talent 2018. It was a real surprise and I felt extremely happy.
What repertoire did you play?
For the first round, I played Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saëns and Paper Boats by Emma Greenhill (an Australian work). For the Finals, I played the third movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major.
You also won the Kendall National Violin Competition in September. Do you enjoy entering music competitions? And do you think competitions are helpful in building a career in music?
I think competitions are an opportunity to perform and get feedback from the jury. It is also a chance to hear other students play.
How old were you when you first began playing the violin, and why did you start?
I started to play the violin as a toy when I was three years old and it was a music program offered by my kindergarten.
Did your twin sister Dandan begin playing at the same time?
Yes, we started together.
Is your family musical? Do your parents play instruments?
Neither of my parents play any musical instruments but they both love classical music.
Does Dandan also enter the same competitions as you?
Yes, we normally do all our competitions together. Sometimes I am lucky and sometimes she is luckier, it always depends.
What is it about the violin that you love?
Playing the violin helps me express my feelings and there are always lots of challenges!
Do you study the violin at school?
No, I study violin with Mr Fintan Murphy privately and I don’t take other violin lessons.
How often do you practice, and do you have a set practice routine?
No, I don’t have a set practice routine. I try to practice almost every day although my violin teacher recommends taking a day off each week with completely no playing.
Do you play with an ensemble?
Yes, I am a member of the Melbourne String Ensemble which is directed by my violin teacher Mr Fintan Murphy.
Have you played in many concerts?
Yes, starting from 2016 I have played in a lot of concerts especially the Musical Society of Victoria’s concerts which helped me gain lots of performance experience.
Do you get nervous before you perform? And if so, how do you deal with this?
Before some performances I can get very nervous and I usually do some warm-up exercises to centre my concentration and calm my nerves. I also find it helpful in a competition to think about it as a fun performance rather than a competition.
Do you have favourite composers or favourite pieces of music?
At the moment, my favourite pieces are the Chaconne from Partita No 2 by Bach and the Sibelius Violin Concerto.
Do you hope to study music after school?
Yes, I would like to be a professional violinist in the future. If I have the opportunity, I would like to pursue further studies in Europe or the US.
Are there other things besides music that you love doing?
I love good food and cross country running.
What would be your dream career?
To be a world-class violinist.
Do you have any words of advice for other young musicians who want to pursue their dream of a career in music?
Work hard, enjoy it, remember to take breaks and don’t worry about the results of competitions.