Emmalena is 18, and recently graduated with flying colours from St. Hilda's Anglican School for Girls, where she had been on both 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.
In early 2019 Emmalena travelled to London to audition for both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music. Meetings with senior professors and her subsequent auditions with both conservatories went extremely well. She was offered both scholarships. Her time with Professor Gyorgy Pauk had already sealed her decision it was to be :
The Royal Academy of Music Scholarship (2019)
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 (WAYO) since she was 14, and was appointed Concertmaster in 2017. She performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with WAYO at Perth Concert Hall in May 2018.
A past MetSO performer, who is now with the Taranaki Symphony Orchestra (TSO) NZ, reached out to the MetSO for a recommendation on a soloist, and Emmalena was highly recommended.
The wonderful people of Taranaki rolled out the red carpet for her. Emmalena was interviewed on Radio NZ which broadcast part of her Sibelius Cadenza, featured in the Daily Times, and NZ Radio & Entertainment posted interview and performance video.
Her April 2019 preformace of the
Sibelius Violin Concerto with the TSO
was deemed a resounding success.
Emmalena will be relocating to London in late August to commence her studies at the Royal Academy, but will be flying home regularly to see family and for performances.
She has been invited to perform this May at the 2019
Rising Stars Concert
Perth Government House