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In conversation with pianist Hoang Pham

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon when I meet Hoang Pham in an inner-city cafe in Melbourne’s CBD. He orders a cafe latte, and as we sip our coffees I steal a few furtive glances at his hands. They look relatively unremarkable – really quite, well, normal. Somehow it seems unfair, considering this 28-year-old has performed as a piano soloist with the Melbourne, Brisbane and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and only two weeks ago won the prestigious ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. ‘Melbourne’s the best city in which to be a musician,’ he says. ‘It’s not too big, first of all, and not too small. Compared with any other city in Australia – and perhaps even the world – we have a good mixture of people from different areas of life who happen to love classical music.’ Hoang was born in Vietnam, but soon after his birth his parents arrived in Australia as refugees. He began playing the piano at three-and-a-half years old, and by the time he was five he had already appeared on national …

Introducing Tajette O’Halloran

    Who are you? My name is Tajette. I’m a photographer, a filmmaker, a left-handed Scorpio. I love cheese and airports, I love the wind and creative magazines. I run my own little photography business called SHOT OF SOUL. How long have you lived in Melbourne? Almost four years now. Why Melbourne? After six years of Sydney and still not feeling at home, I finally came to the freeing realisation I could pack up and leave … and I did. Within two weeks of entertaining the idea in my head I packed everything I owned and drove down the Hume. I fell in love with this city and never left. Favourite cafe? Penny Farthing in Northcote. They see me with the worst bed hair and sleepy eyes every morning and are still so lovely to me. They know my coffee without me having to say a word. It feels a bit like family. Favourite restaurant? I’m a vegetarian so I’m not the most free and easy when it comes to eating out. A few …

Introducing Chris Mulhall

    Who are you? My name is Chris. I live in Fairfield. I am a musician. I guitar, I sing, write, produce. I eat food, love to cook it, get inventive with it, shop for it, smell it, feel it, share it, think about it, plant it, watch it grow. Work a casual retail job. Passionate about the environment, sustainability, ethical produce, conservation, awareness, family, friends, music, life. A city-dwelling, sport-playing, Rudolf Steiner–influenced spiritual being. How long have you lived in Melbourne? Twenty-seven years, three months – minus travel times. Why Melbourne? Difficult… I was born here and haven’t yet been scared away. I suppose if you’ve been shown the secret laneways, bars, pubs, festivals, coffee hang-outs, live music venues, markets, gardens, suburbs (north, south, east and now even west all have lovely places to spend a day) then you have cool friends and you’re lucky! That’s the ‘Melbourne’ that we Melbourne folk miss when we’re anywhere else in the world. The fresh and vibrant farmers’ and community markets are without a doubt simply wondrous! …

Introducing Andrew O’Keefe

    Who are you? A dad. A Melburnian. A filmmaker. A writer. A lecturer. A Pisces. A  dreamer.  In that order. How long have you lived in Melbourne? About 25 years, on and off. Why Melbourne? Before it became the AFL, it was the VFL and I loved the footy as a kid. As I got older, I looked for all the reasons I could to NOT live in Melbourne, so tried a few other cities – interstate and overseas – but here I am. Now, though, the real question is ‘Why not Melbourne?’ It’s consistently one of the world’s most liveable cities for a very good reason. For someone like me, being into the arts, food, wine etc, it’s the centre of the world. Favourite cafe? I don’t really have one. In Melbourne, you don’t need to have one – there’re so many good ones. If I had to name one it would be Palamino’s in Northcote. No, make that TiAmo on Lygon St. Actually – Pelligrini’s on Bourke St. Oh, I don’t know. …