Emmalena is 17, a year 12 student at St. Hilda's Anglican School for Girls on Academic and Music Scholarships. She studied the violin under the tutelage of Mrs. Hooi Tong Lee and Mrs. Semra Lee-Smith till 2013 then Emeritus Professor Paul Wright. During his recent convalescence, she has been receiving additional mentoring from Dr. Semyon Kobets. She attained her Associate in Music Diploma at 11 and Licentiate in Music Diploma at 15 with Distinction, and was awarded the Best LMusA Candidate in 2016 by the Australian Music Examination Board.
She has won many first prizes and awards locally since age 6, including the two most prestigious awards in Perth; Open Concerto at Fremantle Eisteddfod and Overall Most Outstanding Performer's Award at North Of Perth Music Festival in 2016. In 2017, she made the finals at National Youth Concerto Competition, Kendall National Violin Competition where she was awarded the Best Performance of Australian Composition Prize, and OSAKA International Music Competition where she was awarded the 2nd prize in the Open Concerto category.
Emmalena is fortunate to be supported and nurtured by many organisations as well as individuals. MetSO's Young Artist Initiative has given her opportunities to perform concertos since 2016. She was a member of the UWA St George's College's Undergraduate Quartet in 2016 and since then she has been invited to perform as soloist, including her first recital in July 2017. She has been playing in the WA Youth Orchestra since she was 14, and last year was appointed Concertmaster. She's been offered a concerto solo opportunity and is due to perform the Korngold Violin Concerto with them at Perth Concert Hall on 27 May.