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Jocelyn Ho (DMA, piano) interviewed by Who’s Who of Australian Women

October 2, 2011

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Hailed as an artist possessing ‘a surprisingly unrelenting physical technique’ (The Australian) and ‘drawing unbelievably beautiful sonorities from the piano’ (2MBS Magazine), Jocelyn Ho has distinguished herself as one of the leading young pianists in Australia. She has won major piano competitions in Australia and overseas, including the first prize and the special prize for music by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven in the 2010 Australian National Piano Award. She has also won the Sydney Conservatorium Concerto Competition, the Kawai Award, and has performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Hall at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Parliament House, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, and extensively in the United States of America and Europe. A recipient of the 2007 Australia Day Award by the National Council of Women New South Wales, Jocelyn Ho has been broadcasted worldwide, including frequently on ABC Classic FM on which her recital was featured live, 2MBS FM and Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4. Her album, Luminous Sounds, was released by Master Performers in January of this year and was featured with her interview in ABC’s Limelight magazine. Also a composer, Jocelyn Ho has had her works performed worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to the Kansas City Fringe Festival and Tutti New Music Festival in the USA. Influenced by her background in pure mathematics, her compositions have garnered her invitations to give talks and lecture-performances internationally, including at the 2011 Third International Conference of Mathematics and Computation in Music held at IRCAM, Paris; the Music, Pattern and Mathematics Workshop held jointly by the University of Edinburgh and Queen’s University in the United Kingdom; the International Image Conference in UCLA and the colloquium series at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in the USA. Her composition teachers include Chen Yi and Anne Boyd. Jocelyn Ho holds a Master of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science at University of New South Wales and a Diploma of Arts at the University of Sydney. As a theorist, she has published papers in the American Mathematical Monthly and the Springer LNAI series. Currently, she is completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts with Gilbert Kalish at Stony Brook University. Her past teachers include Gerard Willems and Ian Hobson. Jocelyn is a Young Steinway Artist.

What do you think is your greatest achievement to date?

I think my greatest personal achievement to date would be making myself known as a pianist first and foremost, and also a composer and a theorist. I take great pride in succeeding in balancing and integrating these different facets of music. Winning the 2010 Australian National Piano Award and the release of my CD Luminous Sounds have been a highlight of my piano career. Presenting at the Third International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music at IRCAM, Paris has been eye-opening. I have always had an interest in combining mathematics and music and being able to be a presenter at such a historical place for contemporary music has been truly exciting.

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