19 August 2014
On Sunday afternoon, 18-year-old violinist Wendy Kong of Ingleburn took top honours in 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship. Open to budding instrumentalists in the16-to-25 age group, this prestigious award carries a total prize purse of $10,500 and is coveted by the nation’s most promising young players.
Wendy, who plays a violin crafted by A. E. Smith in 1929, scored her victory playing Partita No 1 for solo violin BWV 1002 Allemande – double by J. S. Bach, Sonata No 3 for solo violin ‘ballade’ by E. Ysaye and Polonaise de Concert, Op 4 by H. Wieniawski.
Summing up the event, adjudicators Ilya Isakovich and Christopher Keane congratulated the six outstanding finalists, but pointed out that with her excellent technique and well-rounded playing, Wendy emerged with an edge on her rivals.
Wendy, who began playing the violin at the age of six, is a veteran of the Sydney Eisteddfod platform. When she made her first appearance at the age of 11 in 2007, she established herself as a rising talent by winning the Violin Solo (12/u). The following year, she confirmed her promise by finishing third in the Violin Solo (25/u) and has since won numerous awards and prizes at Sydney Eisteddfod and in other competitions.
In addition to the $8,000 scholarship, Wendy also received an additional $2,500 scholarship from the Matana Foundation for Young People to assist with the cost of her future studies.
Having completed her secondary studies with Robin Wilson and Charmian Gadd, Wendy is studying with Ole Bohn on a full scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has already given recitals in San Francisco, and now has her heart now set on furthering her studies in the United States.
Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information