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 was brought up listening to her parents’ diverse collection of rock, jazz, and classical vinyls and CDs. This cultivated her love for a wide variety of music genres.
A recent graduate of 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 awarded the Music Honours Prizeand a University Medal for outstanding academic achievement. Additionally, she has had 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 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.
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