VIOLINIST Emmalena Huning will get a glimpse of her dream to become a professional soloist when she leads WA Youth Orchestra in concert Journeys at Perth Concert Hall on May 27.
“I am most looking forward to performing solo to my biggest audience so far, in such a beautiful concert hall,” Huning, of Booragoon, said.
The Year 12 student at St. Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls joined WAYO at age 14 and said she had enjoyed every second of each rehearsal and concert since.
“I played with WAYO for a week in an intensive July season in 2014, conducted by Maestro Vladimir Verbitsky,” the 17-year-old said.
“I loved it so much that I had to join WAYO in the following year. I adore the massive scale and power of orchestral music, and being able to play phenomenal works with a group of young people with the same passion every Saturday morning is greatly rewarding.”
Huning started learning the violin when she was four years old, following in the footsteps of playgroup friends who were already playing the instrument.
“I love the infinite varieties and depths of sound you can draw out of the violin, and the way you can get totally lost in this sound when you play,” she said.
“It’s like being in another world and existing in a completely different level of your consciousness.
“On an average school night, I’m usually overloaded with schoolwork, especially now in Year 12, so it’s difficult to fit in more than two or three hours of practice each night and still get enough sleep. On the weekend or over the holidays, I could go on for four or five hours daily.”
Huning will perform Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D in the concert and said the piece of music was spectacular.
“Amongst all the fireworks and dazzle, there is so much beauty and indulgence woven into its craftsmanship, it’s simply a beautiful ocean of emotions,” she said.
The concert will also feature Ravel’s Bolero and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
What: WAYO’s Journeys
Where: Perth Concert Hall
When: May 27