Miao Kaiwen | YST Conservatory





Singaporean musician Miao Kaiwen embraces a multitude of interests that led her to a diverse musical journey in both performance and teaching. As a versatile clarinettist, she has been actively performing both locally and overseas in more than 20 cities covering Asia, Europe and North America. Her musical activities range from orchestral, wind symphony, chamber, solo to creative performances.

Kaiwen graduated from Conservatorium Maastricht in the Netherlands with a Masters of Music (Clarinet) degree and a minor in Advanced Teaching Skills, under the Zuyd Excellence Scholarship. She studied with solo artist and former Belgian National Orchestra Clarinet Solo Roeland Hendrikx. Prior to that, she completed her Bachelor of Music (Hon) degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in 2016 under the tutelage of Ma Yue. She was concurrently awarded the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) Medal for Outstanding Achievement upon graduation.

A second prize winner in the World Music Contest Kerkrade Biennale Chamber Competition 2016 (the Netherlands), highlights of her other overseas projects include the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy 2015 in Canada, Suntory Hall Chamber Project in Singapore and Japan 2016, touring Poland, Germany and Netherlands as the principal clarinettist of the International Film Music Orchestra 2017, the Mediterranean Opera Festival 2017 in Italy and the Roermond House Concerts 2018 in the Netherlands.

Locally, Kaiwen has freelanced with various professional ensembles including SETTS (Southeastern Ensemble for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Sounds), the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and the re:Sound Collective. She also plays regularly with Orchestra of the Music Makers and is a member of its management team.

Kaiwen is also passionate in education and has teaching experience in diverse environments, ranging across conducting creative workshops, individual lessons, school band programmes and coaching chamber ensembles. Highlights include being a chamber coach as part of the Orlando Chamber Festival in the Netherlands and being a clarinet tutor at the Singapore WBAS Youth Band Festival 2018.

Kaiwen is tremendously grateful that her music journey has enabled her to connect with her other interest areas including collaborative music-making, composition and research. Her composition for woodwind sextet was premiered in the Asian Civilisation Museum as part of the Lunchtime Concert series. In 2015 she participated in the New Audiences and Innovative Practice European Master of Music introductory course in the Netherlands, where she initiated a series of creative community performances. In 2017, she was part of a fully student-initiated pocket opera production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in the Netherlands, as both a performer and leader for Marketing & Communications.