Stories on our students, faculty, alumni and visiting artists.
YST Conservatory alumni composers were heard loud and clear in this year’s Singapore Youth Festival (SYF). Three of our alumni – Diana Soh (Composition, ’07), Phang Kok Jun (Composition, ’15) and Lee Jinjun (Trumpet, ’16) – were commissioned by the Ministry of Education to write the set pieces for the Choir, Chinese Orchestra, and Concert Band Arts Presentations respectively. We caught up with them to find out more about their works.
We are pleased to announce that Luong Khanh Nhi and Mervyn Lee (both BMus Year 4, Piano) have been awarded the 2018/19 Steven Baxter Memorial Scholarship, and Ding Jian Han (BMus Year 4, Composition) has been awarded the 2018/19 S R Nathan Music Scholarship. Meet the recipients and learn more about the awards.
Assoc Prof Albert Tiu was highlighted in the 2019 NUS Staff Awards for his albums Grand Russian and The Classical Elements, both of which were supported by YST and also produced by our Dean, Prof Bernard Lanskey. Click to read more.
Alumnus Neil Chan (BMus ‘15, Recording Arts & Sciences) recently launched his Music for Well-Being Initiatives, where he leads volunteers in various music outreach programmes such as hospital ward visits in collaboration with partners such as Sengkang Health, and projects with migrant workers together with organisations such as HealthServe.
In January this year, YST students and alumni Lo Sheng Hong (NUS Mechanical Engineering ’18, YST Second Major in RAS), Aw Wei Zheng, Leon Teo, Sulwyn Lok, Daniel Tan, Eugene Koo (all BMus Year 4, RAS) and Emilea Teo (BMus Year 3, RAS) set up their own audio company, Poco Productions. We caught up with Sulwyn, Sheng Hong and Wei Zheng from the team on what’s been going on!
Mr Robert Tomlin, Vice Chairman of Lepercq de Neuflize Asia Pte Ltd, has been appointed Chairman of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Governing Board from 1 November 2018. He will succeed Mr Goh Yew Lin, Managing Director of G.K. Goh Holdings Ltd, who has served as founding Chairman of the Conservatory since 2002.
Tan Tzu Kuang (BMus Year 4, Piano) was named winner of the 2018 Concerto Competition adjudicated by Maestro Hans Graf, with grand finalists Wang Yuqi (BMus Year 3, Cello) and Shayna Yap (BMus Year 3, Piano). We sat down with Tzu Kuang in the midst of an action-packed senior year, to hear about his musical inspirations, approach to practising, adventures in musical and jazz singing, and future plans.
Homecoming is usually a time of joy and warmth, but when it involves leading an orchestra before an audience of thousands at a UNESCO World Heritage Site — it’s nothing short of a jamboree. YST alumnus conductor Kahchun Wong (‘11) returns to Singapore in Beethoven im Garten, following a dizzying range of achievements abroad.
Steven Tanus (BMus '18, Piano) shares on his YST experience which was rich with learning, personal growth and a sense of supportive community.
Rachel Ho (BMus ‘18, Flute) on how she discovered and grew her passion for educating the next generation of musicians, and engaging the communities around her.
Jingyun Ng (BMus '18, Voice, Soprano) catches us up on the whirlwind of diverse artistic endeavours that she has immersed herself in during her time at YST, and will continue to engage in.
Mervin Wong (BMus '18, Viola) reflects on the process through which he developed his artistic identity, expanding his musical practice as a violist to embrace multidisciplinary methods and create holistic experiences for his audiences.
Muhammadyor Tulaganov (Dior, BMus '18, Viola) shares on how he discovered the viola, and the experiences and insights that have been key in his growth as a professional violist.
Charmaine Teo (BMus '18, Harp) shares about how taking charge of her learning as well as receiving guidance and support from those around her helped make her undergraduate experience a rich and meaningful journey.
Mick Lim (BMus ‘18, Composition) reflects on the bold steps he has taken as a musician through overseas stints in Baltimore and Frankfurt, as well as his collaborative site-specific work Pieces.
Rachel Lim (BMus ‘18, Voice) tells us about how she forged her interest in vocal pedagogy and community engagement.
YST graduate Kong (Teerapol Kiatthaveephong, BMus ‘18, Trumpet) shares on the diverse learning experiences that have shaped his growth and identity as a musician.
Known for his exceptional ability to impart and communicate musical ideas to his students, Associate Professor Dr. Tony Makarome has been a faculty member of the YST Conservatory since Day One.
YST violist Mervin Wong and voice major Lim Jing Jie have both branched out into other genres of music, releasing their own work on independent platforms such as Spotify.
Fourth year trombone student Pradch Limvoranant will act as coordinator of the inaugural ‘Thailand International Trombone Festival’ (TITF), to be held at the Thailand Cultural Centre from 15-17th December 2017.
Alumni Centre Stage: A student of Professor Qian Zhou, Monique graduated from YST in 2014 before winning a position in the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra in Japan. Fast forward two years, she is now the 2nd violinist of the New Zealand String Quartet (NZSQ).
Student Spotlight: Ho Qian Hui, a 3rd year BMus student was the Grand Prize Winner of this year's annual Conservatory Concerto Competition.
YST Conservatory students and alumni have been carving successes and making an impact in the region this past week. Read more...
As part of our drive to position excellence in collaborative music-making at the heart of the Conservatory’s evolving identity, the YST Conservatory is pleased to announce three new full-time faculty appointments
Find out 5 things you may not have known about Qin Li-Wei, our Head of Cello Studies, as he prepares for his upcoming concert with Yang Yang and the YST Conservatory Orchestra on 13 April.
Learn more about French arts group Les Art Florissants, who will be performing here on 30 March!
YST viola major Mervin Wong has been awarded the Grand Prize in an international competition organised by MusicTech Magazine and audio company Output.
Violist Wang Qi gives us insights on the landscapes of chamber music in China as well as the unique programme for their upcoming debut concert.
One of the biggest challenges for any artist is to develop their own unique identity, let alone four distinct individuals coming together. We talk to one of the founding members of the Endellion String Quartet, violist Garfield Jackson about how they have successfully sustained thirty-eight seasons as an ensemble.