Eight-year-old Hannah Wang, from Western Australia, recently won first prize at an international piano competition that was held in France in April, 2017. Placed in the Age 8 – 12 Category, Hannah performed 10 mins of solo recital music including Three Part Invention No. 11 by Bach, and Sonata Hob XVI/23 (1st Movement) by Haydn and Lark by Glinka.
In 2015, at the age of seven, Hannah completed her AMEB Grade 8 examination, achieving an A grade. That same year, she won first prize for her performance at the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition in Vienna. She has participated in masterclasses under Ingrid Fliter and performed at the Summer Festival in Imola, Italy in July 2016. Then in 2017, she won first prize at the Concours International Piano Competition in Paris.
Teacher Yoon Sen Lee credits the AMEB piano syllabus and curriculum for Hannah’s development and musical proficiency. He noted that Hannah is thrilled to have done Australia proud and to be part of the AMEB heritage.
Hannah started piano lessons aged 3.5 years, in January 2014, where she came under the tutelage of Yoon Sen Lee. She has been very successful with piano competitions, winning various sections at the South Suburban Eisteddfod, North Perth Music Festival and Fremantle Eisteddfod. She won the Overall Best Junior Performer Award at the WA Pianists Competition in 2015 after claiming two first prizes and two second prizes in various sections, including the solo recital, Grade 8 recital and concerto sections. She was also named Overall Best Junior Pianist in the North Perth Eisteddfod in 2016.
Due to her success at the WA Pianists Competition, Hannah has been invited and performed at Carnegie Hall, in New York, in April 2016, in conjunction with the Golden Key Music Festival. She was one of two guest artists and was awarded a diploma and medal after her performance.
A student at the Methodist Ladies College in Perth, Hannah has been accelerated academically. She was awarded an academic excellence award for being the top student in her class in 2016 and has a MENSA-level IQ.
Hannah has also been playing the violin since the age of four. She completed the AMEB Violin Grade 4 exam at the age of five, where she achieved an A grade. She is working currently on AMEB Grade 6/7 pieces. She performs in piano recitals and currently plays in the Methodist Ladies College Symphony Orchestra.