Meet the Finalists – Preston

Preston YeoQ: What is your main occupation at the moment?
A: I am currently a final-year Undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music and will soon continue onto the Postgraduate course.
Q: What are your ambitions for the future?
A: My dream is to perform as a soloist and collaborator, working with inspiring musicians and sharing music with people all around the world.
Q: What made you choose to play your instrument and how old were you when you started?
A: When I was about three years old, as I was listening to my older sister practising at home, I felt inspired to pick up one of her tiny violins and join in! I started formal violin lessons soon after that and have loved being on this journey.
Q: What made you choose the concerto that you will be playing?
A: For me, there are many aspects that make Sibelius’ Violin Concerto special. I would say the most striking sense throughout is of the bittersweet tragic-heroism (perhaps somewhat autobiographical), from stark isolation to overwhelming power. I am also most compelled by the evocative characters and influences from Finnish culture and folklore woven throughout the entire fabric of the work. All this creates a journey which you can’t help but be swept along with!
Q: What do you feel you would gain from the experience of winning this competition and playing your concerto with ERSO and Chris Stark?
A: Winning the competition would mean so much more than just gaining the opportunity to perform as a soloist with orchestra; The opportunity to work on the concerto and perform it with an inspiring, imaginative conductor, coupled with dedicated and passionate musicians, fills me with excitement and joy. I look forward to sharing this powerful and thrilling experience with everyone!

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