Wanqiu Long: Making musical magic in a cultural melting pot
Chinese Global Music student Wanqiu Long is currently studying both classical and pop-jazz singing and searching for a way to combine these two. She appreciates her teachers at the Sibelius Academy for helping the students to find their own artistry and their own paths.
Wanqiu came to Finland from China. She applied to both the Voice of Finland competition and to the Sibelius Academy and also got accepted to both. Eventially, she finished third in the Voice of Finland competition and begun her Global Music studies in 2016.
”Studying in the Global Music programme I have classmates from all over the world. Our curriculum is designed to support each individual’s specific skills and interests, offering possibilities to create our own personal development paths. We can choose which way we want to go and at the same time always rely on the support of our teachers in eventually becoming the artist we can and want to be.
The Global Music programme is very dynamic and energetic – to me it is perfect as it teaches us in a very comprehensive way. We learn from our fellow students as well as from our teachers. Coming from various different musical traditions, we all have our own specialities. And when different people with different backgrounds come together to make music together, the outcome is always different, surprising and new. I think it’s magical! It is something I strongly recommend to anybody.
As a bonus, I think Helsinki is a very beautiful city to study in and to my experience what they say about the Finns is true; if you make friends with a Finn, it is going to be a lifelong friendship for sure!