The sweet sounds of romance.


THE Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to present Romantic Landscapes, conducted by Camillio Manricks and featuring Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20, performed by Gold Coast soloist and piano teacher Vicky Hong. She was also the accompanist for the Australian Youth Choir and pianist for the Allegro Trio.

Here, we ask Vicky to tell us a little bit about herself.

How did you decide on the piano as your instrument, and do you play any other instruments?

When I was 3 years old, my dad discovered that I had "perfect pitch" which means I could tell any note just by listening to it (Mozart had it too; it is supposed to be present in one per 20,000 people). Consequently, he started teaching me piano.

As I became older I appreciated this ability even more - it helps to speed my music learning and increases my musicality. I have always enjoyed playing the piano, and being a pianist was my only choice of career. I also learned guitar in high school and played it quite well because of my piano foundation, but it hurt my fingers so much that eventually I stopped.

Please tell us about a memorable performance you've had - when and where was it, and what was special about it?

It had to be when I was performing in Melba Hall at University of Melbourne. I was performing Schumann's "Carnival". There was a dark and intense moment in the music, and I was performing with my eyes closed (I do that a lot in my performance). As the music opened up, I also opened my eyes, to find that the hall was really dark, and then it began to light up again. I thought I was dreaming because I was so involved in that musical moment. Later on at the post-concert reception, everyone came up and asked me how I had arranged the light effect during my performance. Eventually I found out it was due to a faulty light, but a really perfect one!

Why did you choose to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 with the NRSO, and what should we be listening out for?

I won a Mozart competition performing his D minor Concerto when I was studying at Queensland Conservatorium of Music. It is one of my favourite concertos. I'd always be listening for the grace and drama in Mozart's music.

Program includes: Beethoven - Coriolan Overture op62 Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 20 (KV 466). Featuring soloist Vicky Hong. Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 "The Eroica". The last NRSO concert of the year features our very own Camillio Manricks as the conductor in this beautiful and romantic repertoire, and...

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