A Grounded Tone

Originally from Uzbekistan, Cello graduate Jamshid Saydikarimov will join the Singapore Symphony Orchestra alongside fellow Violin graduate Kong Xianlong – an exciting new step in his extensive musical journey from childhood.

Growing up in musical family with his father a singer and his mother a cellist, Jamshid began his musical involvement from a young age, playing in international competitions, festivals and performances in Austria, France, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Switzerland and Ukraine.

At YST, he continued this strong trajectory, working with artists such as Jan Vogler, Alexandr Buzlov, Ni Hai-Ye, Ong Teng Cheong Professors Gábor Takács-Nagy and Shlomo Mintz, as well as ensembles such as the Juilliard String Quartet, London Haydn Quartet, Endellion Quartet, and the New Zealand String Quartet. Deepening his involvement in Singapore and Southeast Asia, he also played in The Young Musicians’ Foundation Orchestra, the String Orchestra of Surabaya (Indonesia), the Sun Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam, as guest principal cellist), and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (on a freelance basis). He further received 2nd Prize in the 2018 YST Conservatory Concerto Competition, distinguishing himself among his peers.

Commenting on his experience at YST, Jamshid expresses gratitude for the support he received. “My lessons with my major teacher Ng Pei-Sian were not just about how to play the cello, but also about life, art, and how these connect to music. These memorable moments will always stay with me. We also get to use rare, top-quality instruments from the Rin Collection, which is truly incredible for us as musicians. It’s hard to find such education opportunities and support elsewhere in the world.”

Jamshid (centre) performing alongside peers in Springing, a concert curated by the 2019 senior class held at the Victoria Concert Hall.

Jamshid (centre) performing alongside peers in Springing, a concert curated by the 2019 senior class held at the Victoria Concert Hall.

Asked about his future outlook and what he would share with others, his response is a calm, grounded one. “Whatever the future holds, keep practicing – no one asks for your degree when you go for a competition or audition! Keep listening, exploring and refining – to build your own music and style.”

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