With so much chaos in the world, people yearn for peace and resolution. Resolution is an exploration of musical compositions that portray the uncertainty in the world – through musical passages that contrast tone, dynamics and the sense of tension.
The NUS Symphony Orchestra (NUSSO) is a youth orchestra at the frontier of Singapore's vibrant arts scene. Known for its musical excellence, NUSSO allows NUS undergraduates of all majors to continue to pursue their passion in orchestral performance.
The Orchestra was formally established as the NUS Concert Orchestra in 1979 under the auspices of the former University of Singapore and the directorship of Mr Paul Abisheganaden. Inaugurated as the NUS Symphony Orchestra in 1995, its beginnings can be traced back to the 1920s in the form of a Chamber Ensemble.
Maestro Lim Soon Lee has been its Music Director and Resident Conductor since 1994, while musicians from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) tutor the various sections of the Orchestra. Apart from actively bringing orchestra music to the university community and the public, the Orchestra has also performed extensively overseas, such as at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna.
Under a Public Service Commission/Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) Scholarship, Soon Lee graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Music (Distinction) from the Eastman School of Music University of Rochester, New York, where he studied the viola under Atar Arad and Francis Tursi and completed a two-year conducting course with David Effron and Donald Hunsberger. In the summers of 1984 and 1986, Soon Lee was Principal Violist at Germany's Heidelberg Music Festival and was awarded a scholarship to study the viola under Kim Kashkashian at the Lausanne Academy of Music in Switzerland. From 1987 to 1997, he was Sub-Principal Violist of the SSO, and in 1988, was Singapore's sole representative in the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Montreal, Canada.
In 1995, Soon Lee was awarded the Jean Frederic Perrenoud Prize with a Certificate of Distinction in Orchestral Conducting at the 4th Vienna International Music Competition and was the finalist for the Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award conferred by the Orchid Jayceettes of Singapore for his contributions to social development in Singapore. From 2006 to 2013, Soon Lee was the Associate Principal of String Performance at the School of the Arts.