In the media - Con alumni David Papp in the fast lane

16 August 2010

Leading oboe player, David Papp, has revealed a passion for being a racing car driver, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Papp's skill led him to many orchestras from a young age — including the SBS Youth Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia and, finally, the Sydney Symphony, which he joined a year ago.

He also plays piano and studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as well as overseas.

"Not that many people play the oboe," he says. "It's not to say it's not popular — it's just very difficult to master, so younger players can be discouraged. But if you're passionate about it, it can also be rewarding."

Papp enjoys the buzz of pulling off challenging pieces and performing at an elite level.

"You have the benefit of working with the top conductors and soloists from around the world," he says."Just being surrounded by the best musicians, you get the opportunity to play great music on a weekly basis."

Papp has no concrete plans for his future career but does entertain thoughts of what else might have been.

"I always had a thing for racing cars," he says.

"I think it's something I'd be good at and driving really fast on a racetrack would be a lot of fun."

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