Episode 5: cellist Zachary Shieh and pianist Samuel Lee

L-R: cellist Zachary Shieh and pianist Samuel Lee. Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

This week’s episode marks the halfway point for our heats episodes this season. Heather and Evan will be joined by guest mentor – cellist Molly Kadarauch, to hear performances from cellist Zachary Shieh and pianist Samuel Lee. Continue reading to learn more about Zachary and Samuel.

Cellist Zachary Shieh

Cellist Zachary Shieh
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Zachary is a member of the Flagship Melbourne Youth Orchestra (MYO). He is exposed to many different genres by playing in MYO, performing works ranging from symphonies, to film scores to premiering new works composed specifically for MYO.

As a member of the Melbourne Conservatorium Young Artists Academy, he has gained skills through playing in quartets, quintets and octets which are very different to orchestral and solo playing. An example is tuning from the cello to the violin and emphasising the importance of each player.

Zachary recently enjoy playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto as it is different to other pieces he has learnt, especially in terms of its style and technical challenges. He likes Jacqueline Du Pré’s interpretation of the piece as she plays it with fierce intensity contrasted with her lyrical melodic lines.

Zachary has discovered a passion for Spanish music. After his LMusA exam, which he passed with Distinction, Zachary has begun to learn Cassado’s Cello Suite and Huguet y Tagell’s Flamenco with his teacher. The pizzicato, which resembles the guitar in Spanish folk music, requires a special technique that is truly unique. Zachary really enjoys playing with this special type of pizzicato.

He aspires to become a professional musician and feels that The Talent experience, especially the workshop, will help his musical development

Zachary will perform:

  • L.Boccherini: Sonata in C Major
  • F.Kiel: Movement from “Impressions de Voyage”
  • G.Cassadó: Suite for Cello Mvmt 3

With associate artist Stewart Kelly

Pianist Samuel Lee

Pianist Samuel Lee
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Samuel Lee commenced his piano studies at the age of 4 and violin studies at the age of 7.

He participated in Melbourne Youth Strings in 2015 and Melbourne Youth Chamber Strings in 2016 in the Melbourne Youth Orchestras program. Also he participated in the string ensembles at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School from 2017-2022.

He won 14 years and under Raymond Campbell Memorial Piano Award Solo from the Monash Youth Music Festival, Piano solo, 2018, and second prize in the Chopin Piano Solo, 16 years and under in Ballarat Eisteddfod, 2019. He got into the finals at the 2020 Scotch College Piano Competition. He got into the recital round at the Young Lev Vlassenko Piano competition and was a finalist in Polish Music Competition, 2021 as well as won third prize for the Boroondara Piano Concerto Award and the Yamaha Keyboard Award from Strike a Chord in 2022. He participated in the Melbourne Conservatorium Youth Artists Academy from 2021-2022.

He was awarded a Bachelor of Music Entrance Grant for the Bachelor of Music (Performance) at Melbourne Conservatorium for the year 2023 and has been shortlisted for the 2022 Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship.

Samuel will perform:

  • P.Grainger: Colonial Song
  • L.V.Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op. 10 No. 2 in F Major 1st movement
  • D.Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in G Major K.424

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