The Australian Music Foundation (AMF) is a charitable organisation that promotes and celebrates Australian musical life on a world stage. It offers scholarships to applicants who wish to pursue their music education overseas, as well as performing opportunities, career advice and professional mentoring.
November 2013 - AMF Young Musician, Emily Sun, has been granted the loan of St Jean - the violin from set The Evangelists . Heather de Haes, International Director and Chairman of the AMF, facilitated this with Arts Global, who own the rare instruments. Emily says:
"To play on St Jean is a blessing for me. It is the first time I have played on a fine violin of this calibre and it has been an amazing, eye opening experience for me. St Jean is incredibly powerful and commanding - but of course the player needs to learn to command it! It took some time to adjust to the sheer volume and strength of the instrument - from the first note I was absolutely blown away by its projection.
Playing on St Jean has also enabled me to experiment and learn to play with completely new sound worlds that I would not be able to produce on my own instrument. The slightest change of bow pressure or a fraction of a millimetre towards the bridge or fingerboard which would not have made such a difference before creates beautiful varieties in colours and tones on St Jean. A beautiful and marvellous instrument."
Currently under the tutelage of the Takacs Quartet at the University of Colorado, USA.