The earliest career aspiration that Amanda Pang can remember having was to be a cook like her father. She would often play culinary make-believe in the office of her mother’s Asian grocery shop using a concoction of water, tapioca starch, and shredded paper. Fortunately, by the age of six she found a much less messy interest when she was introduced to the piano.
Born in Brisbane, Amanda has been mentored by respected pianists and teachers Oleg Stepanov, Helen Dobrenko, and Dr Max Olding. At the age of eleven, she also began learning the violin with Simon Dobrenko. Amanda was awarded her LMusA in piano and AMusA in violin before completing her secondary studies. She has also performed in China, Russia, and Germany alongside the Tagiev Youth Chamber Orchestra. Having commenced her training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2019 under the tutelage of Timothy Young, Amanda is keen to continue developing her abilities and musical understanding this year.
Amanda received her Bachelor of Music with First-Class Honours (2018) at the University of Queensland as a student of Dr Max Olding. During her studies, Amanda won several awards including the Donald Tugby Piano Performance Prize, the Burnett William Wendorff Memorial Prize, and the 4MBS Musica Viva Sid Page Prize in Chamber Music. She was also awarded the Music Honours Prize and a University Medal for outstanding achievement upon graduating. Additionally, Amanda has had masterclasses with Piers Lane, Stephen Kovacevich, Joanna MacGregor, Sergio Tiempo, and Ammiel Bushakevitz.
Aside from her passion for music, Amanda has an interest in martial arts; training in Tong Long Kung Fu during her undergraduate studies. She also enjoys re-watching Fred Astaire movies, playing with her rottie Alfie, and cooking – thankfully no longer with shredded paper!
Photo by Pia Johnson