Episode 8: cellist Lieun Park and pianist Leo Nguyen

L-R: cellist Lieun Park and pianist Leo Nguyen

It’s Episode 8 of Season 1 of The Talent 2022! This week, our emerging musicians are cellist Lieun Park and pianist Leo Nguyen. You’ll hear them perform live to air a wonderful programme with works including Ravel’s Alborada del Gracioso and Casado’s Solo Cello Suite and then receive immediate feedback on air from professional industry mentors.

Want to listen? Make sure to tune in every Tuesday night at 7pm to 103.5FM 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne. You can also stream the live broadcast at 3mbs.org.au or catch up later on our podcast! Just search for “The Talent 3MBS in your favourite podcast app and subscribe.

Scroll down to find out more about Lieun and Leo, and more details about what they’ll be performing.


Cellist Lieun Park

Cellist Lieun Park
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Lieun is 13 years old and in Year 8 in secondary school. She began playing the cello at the age of 7 and is currently studying with teacher and mentor, David Berlin of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She has also studied the piano from the age of 5 which has been greatly beneficial towards her cello playing. 
Lieun was recently awarded with her AMusA and she has also received numerous competition awards, most notably being named a finalist for the 2020 Bach competition where she received the encouragement award at the age of 11. She was also a semi-finalist for the online WorldvisionClassical Music Contest this year where she gained a multitude of experience by observing musicians from all over the world. In addition, Lieun won the Musical Society of Victoria Awards for the 12 years and under as well as 15 years and under categories in 2021. 

Lieun is a very energetic musician, and she loves to play expressive music which allows her to communicate with people through it. Her musical dream is to become an orchestral musician, and to perform with different musicians and conductors. Lieun is currently an active member in the Caulfield Grammar Symphony Orchestra and has also diligently participated since 2020 in the Melbourne String Ensemble. At present, Lieun is scheduled to perform as a concerto soloist with the Melbourne String Ensemble at the end of 2022. 

Lieun’s hobbies outside of music involve dancing and video creating. She also enjoys singing while playing guitar.

Lieun will perform:

  • PAGANINI Variations on one string on a theme by Rossini
  • CASSADO Solo Suite 3rdMovement

Pianist Leo Nguyen

Pianist Leo Nguyen
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Leo Nguyen is a Melbourne-based classical pianist who quit a commerce degree to study music and Japanese. He always hopes to bring a unique and exhilarating performance to his listeners. He plays a wide range of repertoire, enjoying works by lesser-known composers, while at heart remaining a romantic, with a not-so-secret penchant for Chopin.

After completing a Bachelor of Art/Music at Monash University, Leo recently completed an Honours year in Music at the University of Melbourne. Throughout his time at university, Leo has studied with renowned pianists, including Tamara Smolyar, Hoang Pham, Jerry Wong and Len Vorster.

Leo has performed on 3MBS’ The Talent, as well as winning Monash University’s Anna Chmiel Memorial Prize, he also gained third prize in the Enkor International Music Competition, and placed as a finalist in USCI Piano Festival and Competition.

This year he will be commencing his first year of study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Timothy Young. When he isn’t practising in the early hours of the morning, he is exercising his competitive side on PC strategy games.

Leo will perform:

  • BRAHMS Piano Sonata No.3 Mvt.5
  • RAVEL Alborada del Gracioso

Tune in to The Talent every Tuesday night at 7pm to 103.5FM 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne. You can also stream the live broadcast at 3mbs.org.au or catch up later on our podcast! Just search for “The Talent 3MBS in your favourite podcast app and subscribe.

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