I admit I was wary of attending a concert of piano students, presumably from a very young age. What could I learn from kids hardly up to my waist? But I was wrong. This was a huge revelation. The younger kids would play music relevant to their age and musical development and do it surprisingly capably. So the Bach lines were satisfying and the Haydn pleasant. This from 9, 8, 10 years olds. But then to watch the development of older students was a revelation, as they played more complex, rhythmically demanding, dynamically interesting, emotionally more profound pieces. You could observe human development here, in the course of 11 short but lengthening pieces. So we got into Beethoven and Chopin and ultimately Grieg and Rachmaninoff. If I had a favourite, it would be Mykhail Anufriiev playing Rachmaninov Prelude C#maj op.65 no.2 "Bells of Moscow" for both the music itself and the wonderfully mature performance. And then to finish with two movements of a Mozart sonata by a duo of 10yo Charlie and adult violinist Jason Li, who I had recorded leading the Black Mountain Piano Quartet just days before. The playing was different and developing with age but always worthy and interesting. The joy of it all was infectious and only helped by the sight of slightly nervous kids on stage. The training must have been excellent, from teacher Jinbo Huang, (BMus ANU, PhD UCLA). Maybe unexpected but a great pleasure.
Piano students of Jinbo Huang performed at Wesley. The students were James Li, Lingwen Chen, Charlie Sanoubane, Naomi Feng, Frank Huang, Hongkai Chen, Michael Danilov, Damien Ruan, Mykhail Anufriiev and Charles Huang. Jason Li (violin) joined Charles for a final Mozart sonata.