Evan’s Master Class with an Inspiring Violinist

One of our HKSMI student’s Evan Chen (13) was able to study with Adrian Anantawan, a violinist with only one arm, who came to Hong Kong this winter and performed with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Here is his experience of working with Adrian!

Masterclass with Adrian Anantawan

On the 2nd of March, I had the privilege and opportunity to be able to have a master class with Adrian Anantawan, a globally known professional violinist with only one hand. I played the piece “Meditation” by Jules Massenet, and I felt that it was an excellent experience and provided some inspiration for me. I learnt that if you want to get better at something, the only way to do it is to practice every day and as hard as you can. Although we only had around 10 to 15 minutes together, I really enjoyed the process and felt that he gave excellent feedback and advice. He was able to turn his advice from something that not everyone understood, into a context that everyone did. After the masterclass, I also watched his concert which took place two days later, and this was where he spoke about how he grew up and began to play the violin. I felt that this was even more inspirational and moving that he was able to overcome the odds of playing the violin with one hand, and this will continue to inspire me to become a better player.

by Evan Chen