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Herng-Yu Pan: “Auditioning Taught Me How to Fail, and I Think This Is a Good Thing to Learn as a Musician”


This interview delves into the musical journey of Herng-Yu Pan, an accomplished double bassist, from his early initiation into music in Taiwan to his current position in the prestigious BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Pan’s exploration of various instruments, dedication to the double bass, and pursuit of international education in Paris and Vienna offer insights into his evolving perspective on the instrument’s potential and versatility.

The narrative extends to his teaching role at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, detailing the challenges and rewards of navigating a dual life between Europe and China. Pan shares his experiences with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, emphasizing the supportive atmosphere and efficient work culture. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on his career, both as a performer and educator, is discussed, along with his optimistic outlook for the future.

The interview concludes with valuable advice for aspiring double bassists, emphasizing the mental approach to auditions, resilience in the face of failure, and the importance of exploring diverse opportunities to shape a fulfilling career in music. Pan’s story serves as a testament to the multifaceted nature of a musician’s journey, embracing challenges and unexpected opportunities with grace and determination.

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