David Soo

An Interview with David Soo


What was your attraction to playing the piano?

I fell in love with piano and music when I was young. I remember hearing my mum play the piano occasionally, and it was from that time onwards that my love and passion for music grew.  

You chose to play Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110 in the Piano Scholarship final; why did you choose this piece? 

I chose Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in A-flat major Opus 110, because it provided me with the opportunity to draw on many of Beethoven’s intimate and more personal qualities. The sonata is very spiritual and highly philosophical as he tried to explain his deafness and illness. 

Do you have any more advice for (even) young(er) pianists?

Enjoy music and try not to think too much about the outcome! 

Which pianists – or other musicians – do you most like to listen to, and why?

I thoroughly enjoy listening to Horowitz, Baremboim, Lang Lang, Yujia and Perahia amongst others. All these performers play with tremendous passion, flair and excitement, and they also exude a lot of confidence and musicianship when they perform. 

Who inspires you and why?  

My professor and mentor in Melbourne, Glenn Riddle, together with my current professor in London, Professor Joan Havill inspire me greatly. Both of them are very supportive people and musicians and they both inspire me to reach my full potential.

What are you most looking forward to in 2016? 

I look forward to continuing my post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music. I am currently studying with Professor Joan Havill and I am looking forward to continually improving myself as a musician and a performer. I also look forward with great excitement to any performances which come my way.