Wood draws pianist to play at church

Manjia Luo will be performing on the piano and violin at St Matthew’s Church tomorrow. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

Manjia Luo will be performing on the piano and violin at St Matthew’s Church tomorrow. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

AWARD-winning pianist and violinist Manjia Luo will realise her dream to perform at St Matthew’s Church in Albury tomorrow.

The Chinese-born musician, who is based in Sydney, fell in love with the wood inside the church on a visit to Albury two years ago.

“I remember stepping inside the church and thinking: ‘I want to perform here one day’,” she said.

That day has arrived but Luo is not feeling the nerves.

“I am just excited,” she said.

“Young people, as well as the elderly, can enjoy my music.”

Luo started playing piano at the age of six and was the winner of the classical section in last year’s MusicOz Australian Independent Music Awards.

She also featured in the top-10 of the Australian Songwriters’ Association awards with her violin in the instrumental category.

Luo’s Albury performance, Water and Life, will include almost two hours of classical relaxation music on the piano and violin.

The recital starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are $20 for an adult and $15 for concession.

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