PANORAMA RIDGE â€” The cello is taking Trisha Doo around the globe.
The Surrey teen has already performed at New Yorkâ€™s fabled Carnegie Hall, and sheâ€™ll be off to Hong Kong and Ohio to continue her musical studies later this year.
Doo, 18, is currently a standout pupil of Vancouver Academy of Musicâ€™s Rising Star mentorship program. At the facilityâ€™s recital hall this Sunday evening (June 7, 7 p.m.), Doo and another prodigy, violinist Esther Hwang, have been selected as guest performers with the Koerner Quartet in a season-ending â€œSummer Serenadeâ€ concert (click on link for ticket information).
â€œItâ€™s nice to be noticed like this,â€ Doo said, â€œand people are so encouraging and supportive of my dream, helping me to be my best. These are some amazing opportunities.â€
Doo spoke to the Now at her familyâ€™s Panorama Ridge-area home, where she performed Edward Elgarâ€™s â€œCello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85â€ for a video posted below.
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She has played the cello since age nine â€“ fully half of her life.
â€œBefore that, I played violin, but I was really bad at that,â€ Doo said with a giggle. â€œI love the deeper sounds of cello, and also my sister (Alicia) played cello, and I really like to copy her, so thatâ€™s how I made the switch.â€
At age 15, an excited Doo hit the stage at Carnegie Hall.
â€œI was really nervous and I practiced so much,â€ she recalled. â€œWhen I got there, I actually started crying in the bathroom because they wouldnâ€™t let my parents come backstage with me, which was stressful. But itâ€™s a moment Iâ€™ll probably never forget because at that moment, I realized that all the hard work Iâ€™d done, it all paid off. And being in that environment, where everyone loves this music so much, it really made me want to (play music as a career). It was a big moment for me.â€
This Sundayâ€™s concert will feature Doo and Hwang with Koerner Quartet members performing Tchaikovskyâ€™s â€œSouvenir de Florenceâ€ as a sextet.
â€œ(Trisha and Esther) both already have appearances and scholarships at some of the worldâ€™s top musical institutions under their belts,â€ stated Elworthy, who is also the executive director of Vancouver Academy of Music.
â€œMy fellow quartet members and I are continually amazed by their burgeoning talent, maturity and artistry.â€
This fall, on a full scholarship, Doo will complete her Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.
â€œMy dream is to just perform and share my love for music and travel the globe,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s very exciting to me.â€