SINGAPORE CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2021
01/09 - 30/09
HOME / TALK
Wang Chenwei, Zhang Rong Hui,
Jim Tan Zhong Xiao, Benedict Tan Ming Jun, Koh Kim Wah
27.9.2021 (Mon), 8pm - ONLINE
Host: Wang Chenwei
WANG Chenwei is Composer-in-Residence of Singapore Chinese Orchestra, adjunct faculty and composition supervisor at the National Institute of Education (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), and council member of the Singapore Chinese Music Federation. As Head of Research and Education at The TENG Company, he is the main co-author of The TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra (2019), a 624-page book on instrumentation and orchestration.
After graduating from Raffles Institution’s Gifted Education Programme with seven academic awards, Chenwei obtained his Magister Artium (five-year Master of Arts) with distinction and an Honorary Award (Würdigungspreis) from the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he studied composition and audio engineering under a scholarship from the Media Development Authority of Singapore.
At the age of 17, Chenwei composed The Sisters’ Islands, a symphonic poem which won the Singapore Composer Award at the 2006 Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition. This piece has been widely performed and recorded in various arrangements, most notably at Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural National Day concert in 2018.
Chenwei has received composition commissions by numerous organisations including the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Taipei Chinese Orchestra and the Ministry of Education of Singapore. He was commissioned by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to compose four set pieces for the National Piano and Violin Competition 2019. Three of his compositions were commissioned as set pieces for the Singapore Youth Festival. His works have also been subjects of academic theses authored by three Taiwanese professors.
Additionally, Chenwei served as an adjudicator for Singapore’s National Chinese Music Competition 2020 and the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation 2021 Guzheng ensemble category, as well as an external examiner for the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2021.
Chenwei’s efforts in composing, conducting, playing 12 musical instruments and writing in 12 languages was featured in Extraordinary People, a half-hour documentary broadcast on Singapore television on 12 May 2009. For his contributions to the music scene, Chenwei was conferred the Young Outstanding Singaporeans Award in 2011.
Guest: Benedict Tan Ming Jun
Guest: Koh Kim Wah
A veteran in the local Chinese orchestra circle. She is experienced in both the ruan and liuqin. She has been devoted to Chinese music since young. She studied under Yang Xiu Wei. She joined the People’s Association Chinese Orchestra in 1974 and participated in the 1st Asia Arts Festival in Hong Kong. She participated in the music camp in Hong Kong with the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra and also performed in Malaysia in a concert tour. She was appointed as the People’s Association Youth Chinese Orchestra plucking instructor. Koh Kim Wah has represented Singapore to perform in Japan, Germany, Brunei and Hong Kong. She is also the instructor of numerous primary school and secondary school Chinese orchestras.
Guest: Jim Tan Zhong Xiao
Jim currently heads the Performance Marketing for APACx Cloud kitchens. In his role, he builds GTM and marketing strategy to acquire B2B customers with integrated MarTech Stack, brand & data-driven campaigns, endless experimentation to make channels acquisition and retention more efficient.
Before this, he was leading teams to drive growth in both BCG digital venture and Skyscanner across APAC. Earlier in his career, he worked at GoGoVan in Singapore and Hong Kong as a Regional Marketing Manager, looking after marketing strategies across 7 APAC markets, including China and India. I also served the Sharing Economy Association of Singapore (SEAS) as its second President for two years. During my tenure, SEAS doubled its membership and became one of the most established sharing economy associations in the world.