Violinist Wendy Kong, winner of the 2014 NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship, is all set to begin trials with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in July 2016. She spoke to Sydney Eisteddfod about her desire to be part of the Orchestra, who inspired her and what advice she has for young instrumentalists.
Was joining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra a dream?
Yes. They are the best orchestra in Australia and they play at the Opera House, which is such a lovely venue.
How did you feel when you were offered the position?
I was shocked to be honest. I was thinking because I’m so young they probably would want someone more experienced. The funny thing is my mum thought I as would get cut after the first round too!
Who inspired you to play the violin?
When I was nine years old I started taking lessons from violinist Charmian Gadd and she was very inspiring. I’ve always loved the violin. I find it easier to express my emotions through its music.
What was it like to win the NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship?
I was kind of shocked with that as well! Winning it helped a lot with everything else after having the experience.
What lessons have you learned through competing at the Sydney Eisteddfod?
Competing at the Sydney Eisteddfod and other competitions has helped me by building confidence and experience … that’s really helpful.
Do you have any advice for young instrumentalists participating for the first time?
Just relax, don’t think too much and play your hearts out.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Looking forward to starting my trials with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for sure.