Can you believe we’ve already arrived in December?! Let me take a second to tell you about a recent performance of mine. Just a couple weeks ago I had my final orchestra concert for this semester! We prepared three pieces – the recordings are below.
This concert was particularly special, as we were joined by the incredible director of my school, Ms. Hawthorne! She changed her flight into Atlanta so that she could attend. I was so happy and appreciative that she came. My wonderful friend and teacher, Mme. Maryse, also attended as well as some family friends. Thank you to everyone who came – I really appreciate your support. 😊
Happy Halloween – it’s time to eat all that leftover candy! I was put into the spooky mood by a Halloween Macabre Cabaret last weekend. I performed Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens and A Thousand Years from the Twilight Saga (a vampire movie series for those of you who have not seen it). Check out the recordings here!
After much time and effort, the Tower of Talent performance has finally flown by! It is an annual fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and I have had the honor to be a part of it three years in a row, hopefully going on four! I sang “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin at the performance, and had recorded my own video/audio track. It was played on a mega screen behind me (I did not expect it to be so big… wow). I was so lucky to have had the support of my incredible piano teacher, Ms. Irina, without whom this project would not have been possible. I was also thrilled to have my dear friends Mme. Maryse, Amelie, and Odin there to cheer me on. Thank you to my family and friends, all of whom took the time to come see me perform!
Here is the recording – please let me know what you think!
Recently, I was honored by tying for 3rd place in the 18 and under category of the Lincoln Poetry Contest! My poem “Land of Dreams” was submitted into the “Should we be thinking about today or tomorrow” category. Unfortunately, I could not attend the awards ceremony, as it was in Lincoln, California this past weekend. My poem was read there in my stead. There will be a chapbook released with all the winning poems, in which I will be included. I was elated when I found out – it is always nice to know that my poetry is accepted and appreciated.
Another wonderful recital with my fabulous piano teacher, Ms. Irina! I am so lucky to have her as my mentor, friend, and instructor. This was a great recital and all of the students played beautifully – the older ones gave me something to aspire to. Below is the recording of my performance!
This summer, I had the honor of attending the first annual Atlanta Festival Academy. The festival academy was founded by Ms. Lin Wei, Ms. Amy Chang, and Mr. William Pu – who is now my teacher. This intensive is connected to the Menuhin violin competition, so I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Gordon Back, the artistic director of the contest and world-renowned pianist, and Chloe Chua, the 2018 winner. There were several other incredible professors, accompanists, and performers from all over the world, and it was incredible to get to work with and speak to all of them. I was part of an orchestra, and over the course of two weeks we prepared four pieces for the final performance. I also got two private violin lessons and a masterclass, both of which were incredible learning experiences. Below are the links to the pieces that we performed at the final concert. I am so excited for next year!
Somehow, summer has rolled around and is rushing by so quickly! Just recently, I performed at my voice recital, ending one school year and just about starting the next. I performed two pieces – Shenandoah and Oh What a Beautiful Morning (from Oklahoma!). Check out the recording below!
I am so fortunate to have Ms. M as my teacher! She prepares me so well for all my performances, and I have learned so much from her.
After much practice, I performed Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro last weekend. I have never played anything like it – five minutes of playing, with only one short rest! But boy was it fun! Now moving on to Mozart’s violin concertos. Check out the recording below – I hope you enjoy!
The season is truly coming to an end! Last week marked my last Emory concert this school year! This has been a wonderful and fun experience.
A weekend or two ago, a large part of my orchestra went up to Nashville for the weekend. We toured various museums, listened to some fantastic music, made our own custom goo goos (those did not last very long… :-)), performed at Belmont University, and most importantly – we ate every 3 hours.