Miss TAM Wan Ching, Hannah, who won the 3rd prize in the violin section of The Second/ Third Japan Hong Kong International Music Competition, received the 1st prize in Concorso Andrea Postacchini Music Competition in Italy. Congratulation to Miss Hannah!
Japan Hong Kong Musicians Alliance <JHMA> held an interview session with Miss Hannah and her mother, Mrs. Tam after the competition to hear her thought in detail.
Interview with Miss Hannah and her mother, Mrs. Tam
Q: Congratulation for wining the 1st prize in Concorso Andrea Postacchini 2016 (Fermo, Italy) held this May. Could you tell us about this music competition?
Mrs. Tam: The Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition was first organized in 1993 in memory of the famous Italian violinmaker Andrea Postacchini. The competition was introduced to me by one of my friends who was studying music in the UK. I found that Hannah just fitted their age requirements and so we joined the competition.which makes young kids, like Jason, like him much.
Q: How did Hannah prepare for this music competition? Tell us the technical aspect, and how she managed her mind.
Mrs. Tam: Before the competition, Hannah practiced quite hard, both basic skills and the pieces for the competition. However, I found that Hannah didn’t seem so stressed, and she enjoyed the practices and performance so much.
Q: Hannah has participated in various music competitions in Hong Kong including our competition and achieved excellent results. What do you think about the difference between the competitions in Hong Kong and this Italian competition?
Miss Hannah at 2nd Prize Winner's Concert in JapanMrs. Tam: The competitions in Hong Kong usually require their participants to play only one piece of music. Also, many of the competitions have only one judge for theassessment. Sometimes I am afraid the assessment would be too subjective. If the only piece of music doesn’t suit the judge’s taste, the participants’ hard work would be confirmed. In contrast, there were 7 judges from various countries in The Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition. I believe that the judgement was more objective.
Hannah: The level of the competitors in The Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition was very high. When I saw the performance of the girl who later got the 2nd prize, I was so impressed. But this also motivated me to do my best in my own performance.
Q: Hannah is the 1st prize winner in our 1st competition in Hong Kong. Since then, she has participated in various events of Japan Hong Kong Musicians Alliance (JHMA), including violin master classes by Mr. Kaoru Kondo, the prize winners concert in Japan, Autumn Music Festival 2015 hosted by The Hongkong Japanese Club. Tell us if there is something our activities helped Hannah's career.
Mrs. Tam: JHMA has provided stages for Hannah to perform in public. Those were rare opportunities for Hannah to participate in concerts as a performer, and this helps her acquire more experiences. With these experiences, Hannah has become less nervous when performing in front of others.
Q: Hannah also took some violin master classes taught by Mr. Kaoru Kondo (the chief jury of the violin section). What do you think the most interesting or memorable experience in these classes with Mr. Kondo?
Hannah: I remember that when I first took the master class of Mr. Kondo, I focused too much on the pitch and rhythm and was told that my performance was too dull. It was the first time I learnt that understanding about the style and history of the composers was crucial to the performance as well.
Mrs. Tam: Both Hannah and I were impressed by Mr. Kondo’s high-level performance. He allowed us to know how well a piece of music could be played and inspired Hannah to develop her career as a violinist since she wants to become a great musician as Mr. Kondo.
Q: Tell us if there is something you have achieved, or you feel something has changed in your mind through the experiences overseas. Hannah: Visiting foreign countries has broadened my horizon. I have realized that I should not be satisfied with my current states. It always helps me improve by setting a higher target for myself, not only in the music, but also in other aspects of my life.
Mrs. Tam: Hannah’s will has been reinforced. In order to become a good performer, it is necessary for her to practice repeatedly. The process may be boring but the patience to withstand boredom and difficulty helps her become tolerant. Now she doesn’t give up easily under any circumstances. Hannah has become less nervous when performing in front of others.
Q: We believe you will continue your career as a violinist. Do you consider your career overseas in the future? If so, what is your ideal image of a violinist?
Hannah: I want to be a popular violinist who plays great music, and share the joy of music with people all around the world.
Q: Hanna's achievement in Italy will be a great encouragement for youngsters in Hong Kong looking for their careers overseas. Do you have any words for those young musicians participating in our competition?
Hannah: Violin is a really, really great instrument and plays beautiful music. And-Practice Makes Perfect!
Mrs. Tam: Hannah wasn’t born with a natural talent for playing violin. Practice might be boring but it definitely promote improvement. With passion and hard work, I believe anyone can achieve what Hannah has.
Interview : Katrina Chin
＜チェン・ヤノックさん＞ 第 15 回大阪国際音楽コンクール、バイオリン・ユース/子供C部門で第 1位に
第 3 回日本香港国際音楽コンクール、バイオリン部門、プロフェッショナル・カテゴリーで日本香港音楽協会賞に選ばれたチェン・ヤノックさんが、第 15 回大阪国際音楽コンクール、バイオリン・ユース/子供C 部門に出場し、みごと第 1 位に選ばれました。おめでとうございます。
Q: Please kindly tell us how you feel for wining the prize going outside of Hong Kong, in the international music competition in Japan.
Chen: It was my honor and great pleasure to be invited and have an opportunity to perform on the stage in Osaka, Japan . Thanks for having me to be part of the event, I really enjoy to share my music with each little fantastic musicians there at that night. I gained experience through this event and remind me set a goal and keep go forward to achieve it in my music life. The prize was the gift encourage me to work hard, understanding and enjoy music in coming future. Through this international music competition which beyond national boundaries, I learned a lot of things about music through other little musicians, as well as, how to well prepared my mind and enjoy perform music on stage.
Q: What did you try and think when you played at the competition?
Chen: I was thinking about how to make my performance to be perfect and I have tried to well communicate with piano accompanist to make sure we have the same feeling and tempo with the piece.
Q: Did you have any favorite things during your stay in Japan?
Chen: Yes, I loved stay in Japan. We walked around the city and played at Universal Studio, Osaka in Japan. That's my favorite thing to do.
Q: Could you please give a statement for our new prize winners who will challenge Osaka competition and any other music events in Japan?
Chen: No word can express how wonderful of music, let's play, share and enjoy the music on the stage together.
|Section||Category||Class||Name||The 3rd Japan-Hong Kong
International Music Competition
|Class in Osaka||The 15th Osaka
International Music Competition
|Piano||Professional||Junior A||YUEN Yuet||1st Prize||Age-G||2nd Prize|
|Professional||Junior A||CHEUNG Cheuk Hei, Gordon||2nd Prize||Age-E1||3rd Prize|
|Professional||Junior B||CHONG Chit, Jeff||1st Prize||Age-J||Espoir Prize|
|Professional||Intermediate||LEUNG Siobhan||Japan Society of Hong Kong Prize||Age-G||2nd Prize|
|Professional||Intermediate||LU Mu Yu||1st Prize||Age-J||Espoir Prize|
|Professional||Advamced||LAI Yen Chen||3rd Prize||Age-J||2nd Prize|
|Violin||Professional||Junior A||CHIEN Yanoch||JHMA Prize
||Youth, Infant C||1st Prize|
|Professional||Junior A||TEW Huai Hong, Carl||1st Prize||Age-E1||2nd Prize|
|Professional||Junior A||CHOW Kiu||JHMA Prize||Age-E1||Espoir Prize|
|Professional||Junior B||WU Lok Yin, Jason||1st Prize, All Nippon Airways Prize||Age-E3||Avenir Prize|
|Flute||Professional||Junior A||MA Ka Him, Andre||Osaka Prize||Youth, Infant A||Cultural Encouragement Prize|
＜メロディ・ウォンさん＞ 第 14 回大阪国際音楽コンクール、ピアノ・リサイタル部門で第 1位に
第 2 回日本香港国際音楽コンクール、ピアノ部門、プロフェッショナル・カテゴリーで第 1 位ならびに香港日本文化協会賞に選ばれたメロディ・ウォンさんが、第 14 回大阪国際音楽コンクール、ピアノ・リサイタル部門に出場し、ファイナリスト 16 人の中から、みごと第 1 位に選ばれました。おめでとうございます。
「第 2 回日本香港国際音楽コンクールで 1 位を受賞し、香港日本文化協会賞をいただけたことは、たいへん幸運でした。(中略) 大学の学課も厳しい中、楽器練習と学業の良いバランスを取るよう務めました。(中略) ピアノ・リサイタル部門には 16 人のファイナリストがいましたが、その一人として様々な表現や感情を込めた自分の音楽をステージから聴衆の皆さんに届けられたことを誇りに思います。また、他の参加者の演奏聴くことで音楽に対する洞察をさらに深めることもでき、演奏技術だけでなく音楽性をも育みつつ、皆が、この音楽イベントを楽しみました。この経験は、将来に向け進むべき私の音楽の道を定める、忘れがたいものとなりました」
"It was fortunate to receive the 1st prize and The Japan Society of Hong Kong Prize in The Second Japan-Hong Kong International Music Competition...In spite of my heavy daily workload of the university, I tried to take a good balance between instrumental practice and academic work....There were sixteen competitors in the Recital Course. I feel very honored to be one of them, having an opportunity to pass my music to the audience through musically portraying different expressions and emotions on the stage. The competition also provided me a chance to learn from the performances of the other competitors. When listening to others’ music sharing, it always gives us an important and unique musical insight. This competition has successfully achieved such goal, allowing all the musicians to explore more among the competitions, further, it was a platform for us to not only enhance our performing technique, but also built our musicality while enjoying the musical events. The experience was surely memorable and essential for establishing the musical path in my future"
|Section||Category||Class||Name||Nationality||The 2nd Japan-Hong Kong
International Music Competition
|Class in Osaka||The 14th Osaka
International Music Competition
|Piano||Professional||Junior A||WU Chun Hei||Hong Kong||Osaka Prize||Youth, Infant Course C||5th Prize|
|Professional||Intermediate||WONG Man Lok||Hong Kong||JHMA Prize||Piano, Age-H||Avenir Prize|
|Professional||Advamced||WONG Hei Lok, Melodie||Hong Kong||1st Prize, The
Japan Society of Hong Kong Prize
|Recital Course, Piano||1st Prize|
||Professional||Junior A||WOO Jinan||Korea||3rd Prize
||Youth, Infant Course C||2nd Prize,|
|Professional||Junior A||CHAN Airiana Jade||Hong Kong||JHMA Prize||Youth, Infant Course C||3rd Prize|
|Professional||Junior B||WONG Kwun Yee||Hong Kong||3rd Prize||Amateur, Concerto Course||5th Prize|
|Professional||Intermediate||CHEN Yu Hsin||Taiwan||3rd Prize||Strings, Age-J||3rd Prize|
|Professional||Advanced||POON Ka Mei, Camille||Hong Kong||2nd Prize||Concerto Audition||3rd Prize
|Flute||Professional||Advanced||Yuichi Nishio||Japan||3rd Prize||Woodwinds, Age-U||Espoir Prize|