Tara Anglican School for Girls student, Phoebe Mulia, has become the youngest recipient for an Associate in Music (AMusA) Diploma with Distinction for 2016.
The talented 12-year-old pianist recently attended her graduation ceremony at Sir John Clancy Auditorium at the University of New South Wales, where she received a Distinction for both her Grade 5 Theory and AMusA piano practical exams. Phoebe was also acknowledged as the youngest person to receive the AMusA Diploma with Distinction for the year.
“I was very surprised and feel proud of myself for achieving this, but I know I wouldn’t have earned this without hard work and especially with the assistance from my teacher who also happens to be my mum. I know my journey doesn’t end here and there is still a lot of music I need to learn. I’m looking forward to this exciting journey,” said Phoebe.
Phoebe has been playing piano since the age of five and has had the opportunity to showcase her talents at many recitals.
“When I was about five or six years old and a student at the Australian Institute of Music at Surry Hills, I performed regularly at the Young AIM concerts on a Saturday. When I was eight, I was invited to play at the Sutherland Shire recital for piano. Then a couple of years ago, when I was nine, I was invited to play again at the Institute and the Sydney Art Gallery as a guest performer. I have also participated in many Eisteddfod piano competitions, such as the Sutherland Shire, Inner-West Eisteddfod, St George, Ryde and Sydney Eisteddfods,” said Phoebe.
Phoebe’s musical talents don’t end with piano as she has been learning flute over the last year and also enjoys singing. She is currently participating in the flute ensemble and senior choir at Tara and is considering joining other performance groups in the future.
When asked what she enjoys most about music Phoebe says it enables her to express herself in a unique way and to take her mind to another place.
“My favourite music has always been classical music and my favourite genre is romantic era music. Naturally, these pieces are the ones that I like to play, such as Mozart’s Sonatas and Chopin Waltzes,” she says.
“I have more than one favourite composer but I like a lot of Rachmaninoff music, especially his Piano concerto no. 2 and I’m hoping that I can play it one day with an orchestra.”
Phoebe works hard at perfecting her craft, spending 18-22 hours practising piano during the school term and around 26-28 hours per week during the school holidays. In addition to this, she practises flute for 6-8 hours per week.
With music playing such a large role in her life, she will continue to prepare for participation in several events of the Sydney Eisteddfod piano competition and by next year aims to be ready for the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) piano exam for the Licentiate in Music, Australia Diploma.
“We are so very pleased for Phoebe in her attainment. Her hard work and dedication to her music studies over a long period of time is greatly admired. We are thrilled for her!” said Principal Mrs Sue Middlebrook.
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