On September 30th, junior Adam Sun (11) performed a piano solo at Carnegie Hall, a world renowned concert hall in New York.
Adam was one out of the twenty-five students performing that day, all winners of the 3rd Young Muse International Competition. The competition consisted of divisions from four age groups – elementary, middle school, high school, and college students- and further split in a group for piano and and a group for stringed instruments. Adam placed third in the high school piano division.
When asked about how it was to perform in front of a large crowd in such a prestigious venue, Adam remarked that “I wasn’t nervous or anything at all. This was just a performance for all the winners at a competition. So I would say that I performed at the Carnegie Hall with lots of pride, and all the performers there were extremely supportive too!”
He continued, stating, “This was my first time playing at Carnegie Hall. Though I’ve competed and performed at various smaller concerts, nothing could be compared to this awesome opportunity! I’d love to perform again in a concert, no matter how big or small the event would be!”
During his five minute solo, Adam Sun performed a song called “In the Mists” by Leos Janacek.
Although Adam performs in concerts and competitions, he considers music a hobby. He also quipped, “Professional musicians usually have strange diseases and die fairly young compared to a normal person. I just want to be a normal guy.”
Adam has played the piano since kindergarten.
“I saw an actor playing a the piano on television, and I became inspired to learn how to play. Since then, I have played for around 40 minutes everyday, and find it relaxing after a tiring day. Now I often compose my own four-part piano pieces for enjoyment,” Adam said
Besides performing the piano, Adam also enjoys playing the guitar and singing.
Photo provided by Adam Sun.