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26 June 2016, 3pm

Presentation of the Australian Bach Society Encouragement Award
Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre

About the competition

‘There is no better education for a young musician than to study and play his work. Bach’s music is a life-long source of joy and spiritual nourishment, continually enriching all who take the time and effort to discover its enduring value', said composer and conductor Dr. Richard Mills AM about the Annual Bach Competition at Melbourne Recital Centre.

Now in its seventh year, the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach Competition is dedicated to young musicians who are aged 17 years or under with a passion of music of J.S. Bach. Due to the foresight of Richard Mills AM in supporting the main award and joined by the Recital Centre’s CEO Mary Vallentine the Competition is now a key event in the life of young musicians in Victoria.

About the Australian Bach Society Encouragement Award

One of the Australian Bach Society’s objectives is to ‘support talented young musicians in various ways’. we are therefore delighted to announce we will be joining this wonderful initiative by donating the Bach Society Encouragement Award carrying a cash prize of $500 plus a concert engagement within our Annual Concert Series.

And the winner is... Din Din Wang!
Photo credit: Michael Christian

At Melbourne Recital Centre’s Annual Bach Competition on Sunday 26 June 2016 the Inaugural Australian Bach Society Encouragement Award was presented to 10 year old Din Din Wang (violin) who played J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 3 in E (BWV 1006), Preludio & Loure so superbly. The Award was presented by our Hon. Treasurer Rebecca Nowak. In her laudatio Rebecca said:

'It is so enthralling to witness so many young musicians develop their skills and their appreciation of Bach, and to dedicate their time to something that is so demanding yet rewarding.  Especially when there are so many competing demands on your time! But I think after watching today, it has all been well worth it, plus such a great opportunity to perform on stage with your proud family and friends watching. I therefore hope that this encouragement award is not only financial, but a token of appreciation for your work in music, the music which reminds you of the wonder of life, and the incredible marvel of being a human being.'

Din Din is currently studying violin with Fintan Murphy. She has been determined to be a professional violinist since she was 6. Bach is her favourite composer and she is obsessed with playing his music. Din Din loves performing in public. She has accomplished her Grade 8 AMEB exam with High Distinction and she is working on her A.Mus.A. Din Din is a member of the Melbourne String Ensemble (MSE).

Congratulations once again to Din Din Wang! We will see and hear her at the Bach to the Future violin concert on 8 April 2017. The 2017 Bach Competition will be on 25 June 2017 at 3pm at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

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