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He Ziyu on winning violin's top honor

Reporter: James Chau 丨 CCTV.com

04-20-2016 00:56 BJT

He Ziyu has claimed the world's highest prize for violin playing. The 16-year-old Chinese beats a record number of entrants to win the Menuhin Competition. In this interview with special contributor, James Chau, he talks about his life in Salzburg where he studies and his new life post-Menuhin.

He Ziyu has claimed the world

He Ziyutalks about his life in Salzburg and his new life post-Menuhin with CCTV

Q1. You just won the Menuhin Competition. I want to know how were you feeling when you woke up in the morning?

A1. I'm really happy that I won the first prize. I'm really tired because of the competition, plus I went to bed late last night. And I came here early in the morning preparing for the concert tonight. The orchestra is great. I hope I can play well tonight.

Q2. But you are happy right? Thousands of audience members watched you play last night, were you nervous?

A2. I'm never nervous whether playing concerts or in competition. I enjoy playing for the audience. I love to bring my music to them to enjoy.

Q3. You were born in Qingdao but study in Austria, do you go back to China often?

A3. No, not often. I started learning to play the violin when I was in Qingdao, but then I came to Salzburg and study under Professor Paul Roczek at the University Mozarteum. Besides playing the instrument, I'm also busy studying. There's not much time, so I couldn't go back to China very often.

Q4. Your life will be different from now on because of the Menuhin win, what's your goal next?

A4. My goal has never changed: since I was a child I want to be a great musician and bring beautiful music to everyone.

Q5. Last night, I was right there at the competition and you played Dvorak, right? Can you play a bit more for us?

A5. Yes, sure.

He Ziyu has claimed the world

He Ziyu has claimed the world's highest prize for violin playing

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