International exposure adds immense value to an artist’s development, and at YST we support our students as they go places. In the last academic year, nine students took part in semester-long exchange programme with our partner schools, and four students have been on exchange this semester. In addition, 110 students benefitted from the Student Artistic Development Fund which enabled them to take part in festivals, competitions and projects overseas last year.
Over the summer, Lin Xiangning (BMus Year 4, Piano) attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), where she worked with RCS faculty including Petras Geniusas, Prof Aaron Shorr (Head of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano), Assoc Prof Fali Pavri, and Jonathan Plowright. Loh Wei Ken (BMus Year 4, Violin) also attended the semester-long exchange programme at RCS.
Commenting on the insights she gained from the trip, Xiangning shared, “There was a period of time when I felt stuck and disheartened being in an unfamiliar environment. But I realised that the inspiration that I need has been present in my craft and process all along, and that it is only through continual contact and effort that I will make progress. I will bring with me the spirit of doing more, and of faithful and unwavering engagement with my art.”
Recently, she took on a new role onstage as emcee for Beethoven im Garten, a concert held in partnership with the German Embassy and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, where she spoke before an audience of over 6,000. And this semester, she will perform a piano duo with fellow student Tan Tzu Kuang (Year 4) in Petit Fours.
Through the trip experience, Xiangning came to better appreciate the importance of community. She notes, "It is a blessing to be in a music-making community. Always lift your heads from practice to admire the talent of peers beside you, because there is so much to learn and be inspired by!"
YST students on semester exchange programmes:
Christine Natalie Tandinata (Composition) – Peabody Institute
Ding Jian Han (Composition) – Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media
Ho Qian Hui (Viola) – Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media
Lee Jia Yi (Composition) – Peabody Institute
Lin Xiangning (Piano) – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Loh Wei Ken (Violin) – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Natalie Koh (Violin) – Peabody Institute
Wan Chao-Chiu (Cello) – Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki
Xavier Tan Wen Cong (French Horn) – Royal Conservatory of The Hague
AY 2018/2019 Semester 1
Chang Mindy (French Horn) - College of Music, Mahidol University
Emilea Teo (Recording Arts & Sciences) - Royal Conservatory of The Hague
Goh Mok Cheong (Bassoon) - Geneva University of Music
Grace Tan See Von (Oboe) - Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki