Matthew Chanwai | Music / Performing Arts2022
For as long as I can remember, music has always been a part of my life. I have been fortunate enough to be brought up in an environment where hard work, attention to detail and an inquisitive mind are encouraged. I have had an instrument, specifically the cello in my hands since the age of 3 years old, and from there I have had the privilege to work with overseas professors of conservatoires and music academies, perform overseas, and all over New Zealand. I strive in competitive grounds where excellence is aimed by all the peers around me.
Other than cello, I enjoy playing pipe organ, piano and singing. I particularly enjoy the social aspect of chamber music, chamber choirs, and orchestras as they are great channels to meet new people and connect with them. I enjoy learning from like-minded people who have the common goal to produce high-quality music. Learning from a variety of conductors and professional musicians who are experts in their fields develops my musicianship to a great extent. I find many similarities and parallel principles between music, swimming and academic pursuits where focus, grit, and consistency are crucial for ongoing self-development and progress.
Amidst all the music, I also enjoy competitive swimming, mountain-biking and getting outside. A highlight of my daily week is going across the road from my school to the St Joans Rest Home during lunchtimes to enjoy singing and playing ukulele with the residents. It always puts a smile on the residents’ faces and brings joy to their daily lives.