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Vatche Jambazian, 30 years old from Sydney

When asked who inspires him, Vatche responds, "Every single musician on this planet.  We are all in this together and we are all striving for the same goal, to communicate through music without words".

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Tim Chiang, 30 years from Melbourne

Europe has a very rich history and culture in classical music, and travelling in general has definitely opened my eyes to so many different cultures and lifestyles; from small towns in Italy that enjoy a simple but content life, to big capital cities such as Vienna with impressive grand and elegant architecture, and where there is so much happening all the time, especially in classical music.

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Longjui (Roger) Cui, 29 years old from Queensland

I love many composers. I like to play music from W. A. Mozart and F. Liszt, because I find that their music speaks to me the most.

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Robbin Reza, 23 years old from Sydney

What drew you to become a musician? When I was young, my mother allowed me to try a lot of different things but the one I enjoyed the most and seemed to resonate was to make music with the piano - spending your life doing what you love, which is also your profession - there is nothing better than that!

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Rachael Shipard 21years old from Queensland

I am very excited about being selected for this Award – I hope to use it as an opportunity to play my best and present a variety of both familiar and lesser known repertoire to the audience and the judges. I look forward to meeting the other pianists and the renowned judges.

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Oliver She, 27 years old from Brisbane

What do you hope to get out of this Australian National Piano Award? I’m just going to enjoy myself and share my music with the wonderful community in Shepparton.

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Josh Hooke 25 years old from Victoria

When asked what drew him to becoming a musician, he says "It’s something difficult to articulate. It’s just always felt like the right thing to do for me. There hasn’t been a question about it really".

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Jeremy So 27 years old from Sydney

Jeremy So is inspired by great teachers – and not only those who teach music. It takes someone special to dedicate their life to passing on their knowledge and passion to the next generation.

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James Guan 27 yrs old from Sydney

What do you hope to get out of this Australian National Piano Award? Meet some awesome people, play some awesome music.

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Hank Xiang 26 years from Sydney

I’ve always enjoyed classical music and when I got accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium many years ago, the prospect of doing music professionally suddenly became very plausible. With the support of my professor, and fellow students around me, I began to realise that this is the lifestyle that I want.

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