I work in the Finance department of a media company, and someone who dabbles in writing of any genre.
Published April 19th 2013
The talent behind great musicians
It is not often that you meet someone and feel an instant admiration. Although I read her biography prior to us meeting up, I still felt a bit nervous and unsure of who I would be spending the next half an hour with. I guess intimidation is the word that I can think of. Among the worldwide talents that she had shared the stage with are Ronan Keating, Guy Sebastian and David Campbell ,hence I forgave myself for feeling that way.
So waiting with anticipation for her arrival, my eyes were roaming with nervousness and when she finally arrived, I was greeted with a warm embrace and a peck on a cheek! My heart leaped with delight. The ease I felt was instantaneous! I was able to gather my poise in no time and sat with her for a chat at a nearby coffee shop.
So who is she?
Her name is Wendy Anggerani. A pianist and a keyboardist.
A native of Indonesia with a Chinese heritage, her family had come to realisation that Wendy was musically gifted and a decision had been made for her to travel to Australia to pursue a career in music. So in 1999, she embarked on a trail of music adventure, completing her Bachelor of Music at the Australian Institute of Music in Jazz Piano, under the wing of Mr. David McRae; she graduated in June 2003 with First Class Honours. She then founded Tembang, a Jazz fusion band and at her graduate recital, they performed at the Basement.
Wendy had also performed with the best of Indonesian local artist: Glenn Fredly, DEWA 19, Shanty, Bob Tutupoly, and AB Three. In the musical theatre scene, Wendy had been involved with TOMMY and Promises, Promises; both productions are run by The Australian Institute of Music. When she is not touring around the country, she is a lecturer and an accompanist at The Australian Institute of Music.
As a pianist and keyboardist, she shared stage with the likes of Guy Sebastian, who she is currently touring with, as well as great artists like Ronan Keating, David Campbell, Jessica Mauboy and many more great talents. She was also the deputy keyboard player for Sydney's production of Jersey Boys.
She had graced shows such as X Factor, Sunrise and is currently involved in original projects with Sexy Sunday Jam and Adam Katz.
With all these credentials, hard work and obvious talent, Wendy became a very sought after musician. However amidst of all these accolades and surrounded by greatness, she remains humble. A likeable diva without the airs of graces of someone who is already at the top.
So we should take our hats off to Wendy or other Wendys of the music industry, as without them supporting the big stars, there will never be a completed composition or a tour, let alone a concert.
As she quoted; "I'd say don't be afraid to aim big and work hard for it. Be professional and treat everyone the same"
Wendy, I am a fan!
Her current gruelling schedule doesn't allow her to provide one to one tuition, but if you fancy a lesson in Pop, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Blues, RnB in the near future, why don't you add Wendy to your list. Whether music is a hobby or your pursuing it professionally, let Wendy take your hand, lead you to the right path, and perhaps find another Wendy in you.
But for now, I can imagine myself nestled into a deep velvety lounge, with a glass of red wine in my hand, listening to the piano, and just enjoying every moment in the company of Wendy.
Log in to her Facebook, and I encourage you to click like.