Agnes Wan proves her mother wrong by following her dream 



Agnes Wan a renowned pianist played at Coventry Holy Trinity Church earlier this month at a free recital. Her passion and love for classical music oozed from her as she played, engrossed in Chopin’s and Bach’s compositions the young musician filled the church with beautiful music enchanting everyone who attended. 

It wasn’t easy for Agnes to get started in classical music as she recalls "I enjoyed playing for people but I had to convince my parents that I could make enough money to make a living as well". A lot of the time musicians are criticised for not having a ‘proper’ job and often get reminded that music isn’t going to earn them a living, fortunately, for Agnes this wasn’t the case, she is now a lecturer teaching music and she loves what she does. She understands her parents worries, "my parents have always enjoyed music, but they are not professional musicians" perhaps this is why they found it so hard to understand Agnes’ passion. 

Agnes Wan has been successful in her own right, she has won various awards. She is a first prize winner at the Paris Grand Prize Virtuoso Music Competition and the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, she has also won the Loyola Concerto/Aria Competition, University of Iowa All-University Concerto/Aria Competition, and the University of Iowa Chamber Music Competition.

Before all the recognition and success Agnes’ mother was the parent who feared that her daughter will waste her time on music and in the end have to find a new career path. 

"My dad was more open [to me playing] but my mum wasn’t particularly thrilled about it" her main question was always, "how are you going to make a living?". Agnes believes that you have to be exposed to music to understand it and love it, especially with classical music as it is a genre that you either love or hate. 

The lesson to learn here is that no matter what, you have to follow your dreams and do what you love. Others might not understand or believe in your success but it will all be worth it in the end.

Watch the full interview below: 

Aleksandra Ganuszko 


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