Abigail Xu

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Photography by Geraldine de Korte.

14-year-old Abigail Xu is a Year-8 student and music scholarship recipient at Caulfield Grammar School. She became interested in music through studying piano at age 6. Two years later, she fell in love with the oboe and thought it sounded like ‘the voice of an angel’.

Now in her fifth year of oboe learning, Abigail is studying with Stephen Robinson. Abigail has participated in both local and international music competitions and won over 30 awards in winds/brass and piano solo competitions, including 8 First Prizes such as the 2016 Championship of MSV (Musical Society of Victoria)’s 15 Years and under Winds Solo Competition. At age 11, she was a finalist in the 2014 Bach Competition (17 Years and under, all instruments) at the Recital Centre. In August 2016, she competed in final rounds of the 3rd Hong Kong International Music Festival and won the Top Performance Award (with gold medal) of the Youth Woodwinds Section as well as First Runner-up (with silver trophy) of the Junior Woodwinds Section.

Apart from performing frequently for school, church, and community activities, Abigail has appeared as an oboist in Melbourne’s most prestigious music venues such as Hamer Hall, Recital Centre, and Melbourne Town Hall. She was First Oboe for the 2016 MYM (Melbourne Youth Music) Philharmonic Orchestra.

Abigail is currently an active member of the Wheelers Hill Orchestra and Senior Wind Ensemble at Caulfield Grammar School. Besides music, she also enjoys writing, reading, playing badminton, and fun time with family and friends.

Abigail will be performing Bellini’s Oboe Concerto in Eb Major and the first movement of Vaughan William’s Oboe Concerto in A Minor on August 1st.

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