Image: Dandan Wang at the 2018 Bach Competition

Q&A with Dandan Wang

Thirteen year old Dandan is the 2018 winner of the Melbourne Recital Centre Bach Competition.

When did you start playing the violin?
I started playing the violin at the age of 3.

Why did you choose this instrument?
I liked the sound of the violin and I enjoy practising it.

How did it feel to play in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at the Melbourne Recital Centre?
It was exciting to play at the Melbourne Recital Centre. I love the acoustics in the hall.

What was it like to win the 2018 Bach Competition?
I was very happy!

Besides the Bach Competition, what has been your performance highlight so far?
Highlights from last year were performing at the 2018 Great Romantics Competition and been selected as a semi-finalist at the Kendall National Violin Competition.

What is your favourite Bach piece to play?
My favourite Bach pieces are the Allegro Assai from the Sonata 3 in C Major and the Gigue from Partita 3 in E major.

What can you tell us about Bach?
Bach was a German Baroque composer who is known for his choral music such as the Cantatas, St Matthews Passion and St Johns Passion and instrumental compositions such as Art of Fugue, the Well-Tempered Clavier, the six suites for solo cello and the violin solo sonatas and partitas.

What piece are you working on now? And what do you like about it?
I’m currently working on the Dvorak Violin Concerto, which is one of my favourite pieces. It is also very challenging!

What do you like to do outside of practising music?
Outside of practising music, I like reading, sports and baking.

Any advice for 2019 Bach Competition applicants?
Try your best and don’t worry about the results.

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