AWARD-winning Dianella piano prodigy Shuan Hern, who has performed in more than 20 countries, says he always keeps on widening his repertoire with every concert.
The 15-year-old was nominated for the Western Australian Young Achiever Awards’ Arts and Fashion Award, with the winners to be announced on May 26.
Hern is currently studying at the International Piano Academy Incontri Col Maestro of Imola in Italy and UWA, while also being taught by his dad Yoon Sen Lee.
His top accolades include Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford Connecticut, Astana Piano Passion in Kazakhstan, Sberbank Debut International Piano Competition in Ukraine and Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in United Kingdom.
He also appeared on The Voice Kids as part of Australian soloist Delta Goodrem’s team.
Hern said he would travel overseas about seven or eight times a year.
“I just came back from Italy and I also went to China for a concert in January,” he said.
“I am home-schooled so it makes it much easier for me to travel with my academic work along with my music as a priority.
“I usually spend two to three hours of home-schooling and academic work (and) I do it concurrently with university work where there are 15 contact hours a week.”
Hern said his love for music kept him motivated to achieve his goals.
“Ever since I started playing piano and singing at the age of two-and-a-half, I’ve always loved music and not just piano itself, I used to play violin and cello,” he said.
“I think my (long-term) goal is to be a world concert pianist and go around sharing my music with people.
“I usually have quite a few concerts every month and I try to play different pieces in every one of them.”
He will be playing a repertoire including Liszt’s Reminiscences de Don Juan, a piece that Liszt wrote from transcribing Mozart’s Don Giovanni, at the Government House ballroom in May.