New recruits at the Melbourne Conservatorium

New recruits at the Melbourne Conservatorium


norman lebrecht

December 23, 2019

Irony died in 2019. Text, picture and misspellings below are from the institution’s website:

Four new faces at the Melbourne Conservatorium in 2020

2020 promises to be an exciting year at the Melbourne Conservatorium, with milestone anniversaries, an incredible array of public performances, and teaching, research and music-making at the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre. We introduce you to four of the new staff bringing their vision and talents to the Conservatorium in the new year.

Wenhong Luo. Image supplied.

Violist Wenhong Luo is the third prize winner at the 12th Lionel Tertis Viola competition and the 19th Johnnes Brahms competition. She joins the Melbourne Conservatorium as Lecturer in Viola in early 2020….

Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Professor Richard Kurth says Luo will bring a remarkably diverse and rich musical training and experience, acquired from acclaimed teachers and artists in China, Britain, and the US.

She may also have learned an inch or two from our pal Yuja.

See full length picture here.


  • Kolb Slaw says:

    I don’t think so. Youngsters learning from youngsters is the death of classical music.

  • Alviano says:

    Maybe instead of having musicians audition behind a screen, the audience should listen behind a screen.

  • esfir ross says:

    Vulgar picture of soon to be role model. Enough not to hire her, let her grow up.

  • esfir ross says:

    O temporo, o mores

  • Aaton Herschel says:

    What an utterly mediocre array of appointments. If staying in Australia it will be much better to go to Sydney Cons in case you want to learn something.

  • Long Long says:

    Must be a slow day, Norman’s had to shovel extra deep to scoop dirt on this one. Anything to defend the old ways from young people with scary new ideas. Oh and look she’s wearing women’s clothing! Too easy.

  • Peter says:

    I really don’t think there’s a problem here. Showing ones legs has been acceptable for decades. And those who get bothered by it might want to grow up soon.
    You can dress the same way Norman, if you want.

  • I agree that having a picture of an incoming professor looking like a teenager in hot pants is inappropriate, and the blurbs about all four incoming faculty members are less than inspiring. However, make no mistake, her included performance of the Hindemith is both professional and mature, and she performs it fully clothed.