Update post (June 2018)

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Hey, I almost forgot I have a blog! (Since I’m paying for the site hosting, why not make more use of it).

This post will simply be an update, to let the readers of this blog (the number of which is non-zero) know what I am currently doing. It will be a random assortment of thoughts and comments. Right now, I am busy preparing for the semester 1 exams in the Pure Mathematics Honours program at the University of Sydney, but it is nice to take a break from study and write something here. Needless to say, it has been a very challenging semester, but also quite a rewarding one. Mathematics honours students are required to take a total of 6 courses throughout the honours year, as well as prepare a thesis. Many (?) people opt to take 4 of the 6 courses in the first semester, with the intention that more time can be devoted to the preparation of the thesis in second semester. But naturally, this means that one undertakes a lot of coursework in first semester (4 honours level courses at the same time is no joking matter), and as I am prone to procrastination, the time management has been especially challenging. Fortunately, I get along well with my thesis supervisor — who is conveniently also the honours coordinator this year — and he has been understanding and supportive during the periods when I had many assessments to submit and had not worked on the honours project!

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Digital Sheet Music

Featured link:
http://www.henle.de/blog/en/2016/01/25/%E2%80%9Chenle-library%E2%80%9D-app-redefining-sheet-music/

I believe digital sheet music is the right way to go for the future. It is fantastic that one of the most highly-respected publishers of classical music is leading the way by developing what promises to be a revolutionary app for the iPad. Bärenreiter already has a digital score library and app, but it does not have the range of customisations that will be offered by Henle. I look forward to the upcoming release of Henle Library on 3 February 2016.

Watermark Composition Prize

I am delighted to accept the inaugural Watermark Composition Award for my composition Rhapsody No. 2 for solo violin. The piece is written specifically for the Kendall National Violin Competition, and will be the compulsory “test” piece in the finals, to be held in Kendall (NSW) in September. I look forward to hearing my piece interpreted by some of Australia’s best young violinists!

Visit www.kendallviolin.org.au for further details.