When I moved to London in September 2016 to do my Postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, I came to realise that I was a little fish in a big pond.
Compared to Singapore, where I am from, London has a much bigger market for classical music. It has many more orchestras, many more music conservatories and needless to say, a much longer and richer history of the arts. It was a far cry from what I was used to - everyone knowing pretty much everyone else in the classical music scene on the tiny island of Singapore. Hence, I told myself that I have to work much harder.
Three years down the road, through countless trials and tribulations and a few successes, I believe I am still a little fish in a big pond and have a long way to go to mature as a musician. I believe I have grown in confidence as a performer, which usually comes with experience on stage and increased understanding of repertoire, and have possibly developed more personal ideas of interpretation of the repertoire that I play. For this, I am immensely grateful for the tutelage I received during my studies at the Guildhall School and for all the opportunities various people have given me along the way. I am very lucky to have experienced such kindness.
With my final recital just round the corner in February 2020, I see it as an end to a chapter of my life and the beginning of another one - one that will undoubtedly also be riddled with trials and tribulations as life is rarely a bed of roses but hopefully also one that will be fulfilling and rewarding.