I have been invited to perform with the Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra in September this year. The Principal Conductor, David Michael Wolff asked me to visit Pinehurst in North Carolina to perform and also to speak with other young musicians about what I do.
I will play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2, looking forward to it!
I got some great news today… I have been accepted to study at The Royal College of Music! The College have awarded me a full scholarship for the whole four years which is amazing. I think I might be the youngest person to be accepted onto the degree course, so its a great honour for me. Looking forward to starting next September!
So today I had an audition at The Royal College of Music in London, I want to study for a BMus there with piano as my main instrument. If I get in I will start in September 2017 which will be great. The audition was pretty stressful for me, not because the people at RCM aren’t nice, because they really are, but because I really want to get in there.
There are two auditions, if you do OK in the first one then you can go to the second. I made a couple of small mistakes in the first one but I was asked to go to the second audition so I think it went OK.
I spoke to a couple of other pianists who were also auditioning today, seems like they are all very good, hope I can get in…
I was very lucky to be able to travel to Switzerland this weekend to meet Vovka Ashkenazy and his father, one of my favourite pianists, Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy. I was invited to Mr Ashkenazy’s beautiful home where I was honoured to play some pieces for him.
Today I went to London for a lesson with Professor Vanessa Latarche. She is Chair of International Keyboard Studies and Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music in London. I’m working on a few new pieces now so I have a lot to do!!