3 July, 2019
Take 5 with William Wu
1. What inspired you to learn an instrument?
I come from a family with no musical background. My parents let me learn to play the piano when I was 5, simply because they believed playing the piano could help my brain develop. They didn’t expect me to have music talent, but as soon as I was able to play a tune, I immediately loved the piano. My parents started to take me to concerts since then. I remembered the first time I went to Perth Concert Hall to see a renowned pianist playing a piano concerto. I thought there would only be one pianist at the piano playing the concert, but what I saw was full of musicians on the stage playing different kind of instruments and creating amazing music. The performance was overwhelming! I started to get interested in orchestral instruments, especially the violin. I was eager to learn the violin then, but I didn’t get the chance until I was turning 8. I was preparing for my Certificate of Performance exam on the piano at that time, my mum told me one day that I could start to learn the violin after my piano exam. I was so excited. I wanted to start the violin lesson straight away, not after the piano exam. My mum agreed, so she found me a wonderful violin teacher, Mr. Ford, who teaches me, encourages me and motivates me. I’ve been enjoying playing the violin since the beginning. Two years after I started learning the violin, I went to see one of the greatest violinists Maxim Vengerov performing a concert and teaching a masterclass to three young musicians. I was dazzled! I asked Mr. Vengerov to take a photo with me after the masterclass. He was an inspiration to me. I’ve been taking violin learning even more seriously since then.
2. What does it mean to you to be one of the violin scholarship recipients for 2019?
I’m very honoured to be awarded the scholarship. It means a lot to me. I was looking to upgrade my violin, but it was quite hard to find a right one. They were either too expensive or the sound didn’t suit my taste. I feel so lucky to have the Bergonzi 1747 violin for free use. I love this violin, the sound is brilliant, the bass is deep and powerful. I enjoy playing it. Many thanks to the donors.
3. What has been the highlight of playing with WA Youth Orchestras?
Performing at Perth Concert Hall has been the highlight of playing with WA Youth Orchestra. The amazing 360° surround sound in the concert hall is phenomenal, and the view from the stage is great too.
4. Who is your favourite composer? What is your favourite piece?
I have so many favourite composers. I like most of the repertoire that I’ve learned to play. I love Bach’s music, I also enjoy playing Wieniawski, Paganini and many others.
My favourite piece is Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D Minor.
5. Outside of music, what other interests do you have?
My other interests are photography and table tennis.