I was involved in musical activities from a very young age. Growing up in Hong Kong, I was given so many opportunities to explore my passion for music. I started learning the violin and piano at the age of six, and I was also in the Hong Kong Children’s Choir, of which my fondest memory was singing in the opening ceremony of Hong Kong Disneyland. It was a dream come true as a child, singing Disney songs and getting free tickets to Disneyland!
I moved to the UK at the age of thirteen and enrolled into the junior programme at the Royal College of Music, a place which really cemented my passion for music and led me to pursue my aspirations as a violinist.
Upon completion of my Masters in 2019, I was offered the opportunity to perform on a four-month cruise embarking on April 2020, in the year of the pandemic. It was an important turning point in my life, and I started to develop my career in education as a violin teacher and discovered a new passion for music. I am excited to begin my journey as an orchestral musician, to meet like-minded people who have such a love for their instrument and above all, sharing the experience with others.
My approach to music is that it is a social activity, and I find that to be a very useful focus for the development of my musical ideas and intentions. When I prepare for a performance, I am always considering how it affects other people, and how they should interact with my actions. Whether it is the audience or other musicians, I feel the need to connect with everyone involved in the performance space.
Outside of music, I have been slowly developing my skills in Bonsai and I have a small but growing collection of them in my garden. On the top of my to-do list, is to visit the annual Kokufu-Ten exhibition in Tokyo.
Royal College of Music
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
How would you persuade someone who has never heard ‘classical music’ before to come with you to a concert?
I think that film music is a great bridge for people to get into classical music. Many of them may not even realise that they have already listened to classical music and enjoyed it through cinema!
What’s your most memorable moment as a musician?
There are many, but one of the most memorable moments of my time as a musician so far, is playing as a soloist with the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Symphony Orchestra performing Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No.1
. I had an amazing time rehearsing with the orchestra, many of them my friends, and working with the conductor. Everyone was so supportive, and I had never felt so connected with an orchestra as I did then. One of the highlights of my journey as a violinist.