Brisbane-born Chinese pianist Amanda Pang is thrilled to be commencing her first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the guidance of Timothy Young. From a music-loving family, Amanda grew up listening to her parents’ diverse collection of rock, jazz, and classical vinyls and CDs. This cultivated her love of a wide variety of music genres.
Graduating from the University of Queensland (UQ), Amanda completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours under the tutelage of Dr Max Olding. Whilst at UQ, Amanda won the Donald Tugby Piano Performance Prize (2015), the Burnett William Wendorff Memorial Prize for Classical Piano (2018), the 4MBS Musica Viva Sid Page Memorial Prize in Chamber Music (2018), and the Accompanists Guild of Queensland Piano Accompaniment Prize (2018). Amanda was also named as a Dean’s Scholar in 2016 and 2017, and upon graduating was awarded the Music Honours Prize (2018). Additionally, Amanda has participated in masterclasses with Piers Lane, Sergio Tiempo, and Ammiel Bushakevitz.
Amanda commenced piano lessons at the age of six and 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 at venues in China, Russia and Germany, alongside the Tagiev Youth Chamber Orchestra.
Aside from her passion for music, Amanda also has a keen interest in martial arts. During her undergraduate studies, she trained in Circular Tong Long Kung Fu.
IN AMANDA'S WORDS
“I have always envisioned music as being an integral part of my life no matter what career I pursued. But what I really want is a portfolio career. I want to be able to spend my time doing a variety of things: collaborating with other musicians, performing solo, and teaching.”
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