Episode 9: oboist Angela Yin and pianist Catherine Zhu

L-R: oboist Angela Yin and pianist Catherine Zhu.
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

With only two heats-episodes left of Season 1, we welcome oboist Angela Yin and pianist Catherine Zhu to the studio. Angela and Catherine will play live to air before receiving feedback from mentors – composer/conductor Evan Lawson and oboist Briana Leaman. Continue reading to learn more about Angela and Catherine.

Oboist Angela Yin

Oboist Angela Yin
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Angela Yin is a 15-year-old pianist, oboist and cellist from Melbourne, Australia. Under the tutelage of Jeffrey Crellin, she has won numerous awards in national and international woodwind competitions. These include First Prize in the Brisbane International Music Festival, First Prize in the New Zealand Young Talent Music Competition and Second Prize in the Australian Double Reed Competition. She has also been awarded numerous first prizes in local eisteddfods such as Sydney Eisteddfod, Monash Youth Music Festival, Ringwood Eisteddfod and Boroondara Eisteddfod.

Angela is a recipient of the Elizabeth Stainkamph Award presented by the Australian Music Examinations’ Board. She has also been awarded the Des Stevenson Award for Piano, Frank Biesterfeldt Award for Winds and Eda Schurmann Award for Piano all presented by the Musical Society of Victoria.

In 2022, Angela was awarded her Licentiate Diploma of Music (Australian Music Examinations’ Board) with High Distinction on Piano. In the same year, she completed her Associate Diploma of Music on Oboe with High Distinction. Additionally, Angela has been broadcasted live on the Australian radio station 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne on multiple occasions. Recently, she has won first prize in the PlayBach Competition based in Germany.

Angela has also held solo recitals at St. Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne, Amphithéâtre Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.

Angela will perform:

  • E.Bozza: Fantasie Pastorale
  • M.Seiber: Improvisation

With associate artist Laurence Matheson

Pianist Catherine Zhu

Pianist Catherine Zhu
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Catherine began playing the piano at the age of six. After a few years, she began to participate in a range of piano competitions, winning numerous awards across Melbourne (South Eastern Arts Festival, Boroondara, Ringwood, Monash, Ballarat, Latrobe, By the Bay, Gippsland, Kris Krans music award) and interstate (Australian Piano Sauter National final). In 2016, she was awarded a music scholarship to Balwyn High school while she studied with Majella Drew. In 2019, she was offered a place in the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School where she studied under the tutelage of Glenn Riddle. At the age of 14, Catherine received her Associate Diploma in Piano and has also been awarded her Licentiate Diploma in 2021. Earlier this year, Catherine was invited to play for the Kingston City Council. She played live twice on 3MBS radio. She was the recipient of the 2022 VMTA Kault Piano Prize. Catherine was the winner of the 2022 open section in the Royal South Street Eisteddfod, winner of the Monash Youth Music Festival and By the Bay eisteddfod. Recently, she had been offered a place to study Bachelor of Music Performance at Melbourne University and the recipient of the Bachelor of Music Entrance Grant.

Catherine will perform:

  • J.Haydn: Sonata in C Major Hob XVI:50 1st Movement
  • F.Chopin: Etude op 25 no 7
  • C.Debussy: Feux d’artifice, from Preludes – Book II

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