SINGAPORE CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2021
01/09 - 30/09
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Wang Chenwei, Zhang Rong Hui, Tan Su-Min, Clara, Lo Chai Xia, Ngeow Si Ming, Jonathan, Koh Min Hui
28.9.2021 (Tue), 8pm - ONLINE
Tan Su-Min, Clara
Lo Chai Xia
Ngeow Si Ming, Jonathan
Koh Min Hui
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: Zhang Rong Hui
Guest: Tan Su-Min, Clara
Tan Su-Min, Vice-President of Ruanxian Association of Singapore, graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Artsin Singapore (in partnership with the University of Wales) in 2011 under the scholarship of the National Arts Council(Local) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with First Class Honours under the supervision of Zhang Ronghui, and was credited as the Best Graduate of the Department of Music. At the congregation, she was also presented with theEmbassy of Peru Award for her outstanding achievements both in academic studies and in music.
In 2011, she was awarded Singapore National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Overseas) to pursue her Master’s Degree in Music Performance for Zhongruan under the tutelage of the famous Zhongruan virtuoso and composer Liu Xing andhas graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2014.
Tan Su-Min has achieved outstanding results in numerous music competitions, including first prize in the Solo Zhongruan – Senior Category in the National Chinese Music Competition in 2004; the NAFA-Music Essentials Concerto Competition in 2008; and Open Ensemble Category in the National Chinese Music Competition in 2008.
In February 2014, she was invited as a soloist by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra to world premiere Liu Xing’s Zhongruan Concerto No.2 at the 42nd Hong Kong Arts Festival. Thereafter, the HKCO conducted a popularity poll byasking music fans, the media and colleagues in the field to pick their favourite pieces from the works featured in the series since its launch and the 2nd Zhongruan Concerto was voted as the most popular performance. Thus, she wasinvited again to perform the Concerto with the HKCO for their season, Music About China 2015 in February.
In 2015, Tan Su-Min and her twin sister Tan Su-Hui were featured on 中国古筝网 as international artistes. She wasinvited as a soloist at the “2015 Bandu Ruan Festival”.
In 2016, She was invited as one of the representatives for “Bandu’s Five Future Master of Chinese Instrument project” for a China tour. She was invited by Esplanade to hold a duet recital, Twin Travellers with Tan Su-Hui at theEsplanade Recital Hall, featuring their duet compositions and arrangements. In 2019, she was invited as a soloist for“Bandu Music 15th Anniversary concert”.
In 2015, Tan alongside with her twin sister and music composer Dayn Ng formed MUSA band in 2015 and has since travelled to various countries for music festivals and performances. In 2019, MUSA was invited to be featured on China’s “Chinese Music Banquet” programme. MUSA_SG’s youtube channel has garnered over 8 million views with their original and arrangement works. They have recently been commissioned by Esplanade Theatres by the Bay to perform their original production “Reflections”.
Guest: Lo Chai Xia
A home-grown musician, Lo Chai Xia, started her ruan journey under the
professional guidance of SCO ruan principal, Zhang Rong Hui. In 2014, Lo Chai Xia graduated with Bachelor of Music (Second Upper Honours) from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She also took up a second instrument, guzheng, under the tutelage of guzheng master, Yin Qun while pursuing for her studies in NAFA.
Due to her outstanding performance throughout the course of her studies, Lo Chai Xia was awarded the National Arts Council (NAC) Arts Bursary (Local) from Year 2009-2013. In 2006, Lo Chai Xia clinched the 2nd prize (with the absence of 1st prize) in the National Chinese Music Competition, Zhongruan Open Category. In 2010, she participated in the Inaugural Beijing Ruan Competition and was awarded with a Bronze. She was also awarded a Bronze in the 3rd International Zheng Contest in 2013.
Lo Chai Xia was the zhongruan principal in the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra (SYCO) from 2010 to 2011 and was chosen to represent SYCO to perform at the “E-awards” organized by MediaCorp. She also represented the Singapore Ruan Chamber Ensemble to perform in the “20th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Singapore and China” event in Beijing. She has travelled to countries like Indonesia, China and Taiwan to perform.
Lo Chai Xia is currently the zhongruan associate principal of SCO, adjunct teacher in the School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA), the soprano-ruan principal in the Singapore Ruan Chamber Ensemble and the vice-principal of Ejoy Music Center.
Lo Chai Xia have many experiences in teaching. She is the Guzheng and Ruan instructor of many MOE schools; like Nanyang Primary School and often gets distinction in Singapore Youth Festival (SYF). Chai xia’s students also won prizes in various solo competitions.
Guest: Ngeow Si Ming, Jonathan
Jonathan Ngeow is one of the most sought after Ruan musicians of his generation. His ability to captivate audiences with his intrinsic musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with his passion for advocating Chinese music through his media presence redefines what it means to be a Chinese instrumentalist, making him one of the leading Ruan musicians of today.
A multi-award winner, Jonathan clinched the first prize (Zhongruan Open Category) at the National Chinese Music Competition 2010 in Singapore and performed his winning concerto with the SCO at the Prize Winners’ Concert. He was also awarded the silver prize at the inaugural Zhongruan competition organised by the China Nationalities Orchestra Society the same year in Beijing.
In 2017 he was invited to stage a recital at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and performed Zhongruan concerto (Reminiscences of Yunnan) accompanied by the Symphonic Winds. In 2018 Jonathan held a recital (Onwards) in the Esplanade recital studio as part of their Chinese Chamber Series and in that very year he recorded the music for Disney’s live action movie “Mulan”. In 2019 he debuts his solo recital at the National Theatre and Concert Hall in Taipei. In the midst of the Pandemic in 2020, Jonathan recorded the music for the Hollywood movie “Songbird”.
Jonathan is a versatile musician who is comfortable playing in an orchestra, chamber ensemble and as a soloist. Apart from being in the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, he is also the founding member of DingYi Music Company, Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra and Singapore Ruan Chamber Ensemble. Jonathan prides in teaching and inspiring the next generation of ruan musicians and hopes he can impart his knowledge to them.
Jonathan graduated with First Class Honours from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in partnership with the Royal College of Music (London) and the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing) under the tutelage of Mdm Zhang Rong Hui.
Guest: Koh Min Hui
Koh Min Hui started learning the Zhong Ruan at the age of 8 under the guidance of Ms Xu Yi Ping. Since 2006, she has been under the tutelage of Mdm Zhang Rong Hui, Principal of Ruan in Singapore Chinese Orchestra, majoring in Ruan. A recipient of the Ngee Ann Kongsi merit award for degree studies 2010; Min Hui graduated from her BA (Hons) Music at NAFA in July 2011 and has been a full-time Zhong Ruan musician in the Singapore Chinese Orchestra since June 2011.
Being the only Gold Award winner representing Singapore in the 2010 Inaugural International Ruan Competition (professional youth category) organised by the China Nationalities Orchestra Society in Beijing, Min Hui also triumph many local competitions including the East Zone Chinese Instrumental Competition, the Inaugural Singapore Ruan Competition and the National Arts Council National Chinese Music Competition. In 2008, she was the first person in history of the National Arts Council National Chinese Music Competition to clinch the First prize in the Zhong Ruan Open Category.
Min Hui’s passion towards virtuosic excellence propelled her to represent Singapore in international engagements such as the 4th ASEAN Festival of Arts held at Pampanga, Philippines, and Singcham - a Singapore and China collaboration in Beijing whom the Guest of Honour was the former President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr S.R. Nathan. Some of her other notable achievements that shaped her career includes her feature as a soloist with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, invitation to perform during the book launch of late Minister Mentor, Mr Lee Kuan Yew and to be the only Chinese Instrumentalist selected for the opening piece “Fanfare” with Asian Contemporary Ensemble for the National Arts Council Cultural Medallion award and Young Artist Award Prize Presentation. Min Hui is currently the sectional principal for the Zhong Ruan section in the Singapore Ruanxian Chamber Ensemble.
In addition to being a well sought after performer, Min Hui has also been actively teaching since 2007. As a Singapore representative, she conducted several instrumental workshops and solo performances for the 2016 ASEAN Music and Dance Connectivity supported by Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Min Hui is also professionally trained to teach children on the autism spectrum and has been teaching Ruan in Pathlight School since 2014. She is also the newly appointed the Ruan instructor for the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO) from Jan 2020.