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And the winner is Din Din Wang

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.

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. The ABS Encouragement Award was awarded for the first time this year as part of ABS' mission to ‘support talented young musicians'. The Australian Bach Society Encouragement Award carries a cash prize of $500 plus a concert engagement within our Annual Concert Series.


The Award was presented by our Hon. Treasurer Rebecca Nowak pictured her with Din Din. 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.

Photo credit: Michael Christian

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