David Ma, a current student at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, is one of the burgeoning young flutists in Hong Kong. According to Ma, the road to performance is not easy, and he keeps himself going by perseverance and practice.
Ma first encountered the flute at the age of 10, he was particularly fascinated by the protean colour palette of the instrument. Ma was rather frustrated with the lack of progress in his first two years of studying the flute and he almost gave up playing. Realizing the flute is still his first love, Ma continued to play in the wind band when he moved up to secondary school. It was not until Secondary 4 that Ma began to receive formal training on the flute.
Asked what he thought about the purpose and meaning of music, Ma expressed that music is an enjoyment and self-discover journey at the same time, and through his progress on the flute, he sees also the changes in himself as a person. Moreover, Ma believed that music should be relevant and inspiring. To him, music is more than a grand concert enjoyed by a privileged few. Instead, it should be able to reach and touch any one in society, and that is one of the main reasons for him to pursue music.
Ma is again invited to appear in the 2017 Musicus Fest. Let’s hope the audience resonates with Ma’s enthusiasm from his performance.
Interviewer: Nadia Lam (Musicus Inspires! Behind the Scenes 2017 participant)