Memories of early morning assemblies, prayers said and hymns sung on a daily basis for eight years while attending St Aidan’s (beginning in Year 5) paved the way for an awareness of the value of seeking ‘truth’ and fostering good habits, for violinist, Nancy Tsung.
Professor of Violin at the Taipei National University of the Arts, and living in Taipei (Taiwan), Nancy is former Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and mother of five children.
“As a former St Aidan’s student, I know it was good to be a part of a small school where everyone could find her own niche, and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of school activities. I remember enjoying early morning athletics and swimming training sessions and preparing for GPS meets.
“I also remember taking part in Goethe Institute competitions – having learned foreign languages at St Aidan’s came to be very useful as I studied music.”
Nancy spent a year studying at The University of Queensland before moving to New York City at the age of 17 to study at The Juilliard School, majoring in violin performance and graduating with a Bachelor of Music, Doctor of Music and a Doctor of Music Arts. She was presented in her Debut Recital in New York, performing as soloist in Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in Washington DC. While studying at The Juilliard School, Nancy was chosen to film and perform in an AT&T commercial, which aired for three years in the US. But it is not the fame or kudos she remembers fondly, it is the friends made along the way.
“There is no better looking glass than an old friend. I’m happy to say that I made a few ‘good friends’ at St Aidan’s.”