Plenary Presenters and Performers

Prof. John Rink

Credit: Emma Hutton

John Rink is Professor of Musical Performance Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He studied at Princeton University, King's College London, and the University of Cambridge, and he holds the Concert Recital Diploma and Premier Prix in piano from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has produced six books for Cambridge University Press, including The Practice of Performance (1995), Chopin: The Piano Concertos (1997), Musical Performance (2002), and Annotated Catalogue of Chopin's First Editions (with Christophe Grabowski; 2010). He is also a co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music (2009).

John Rink directs the £2.1 million AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (, which is based at the University of Cambridge in partnership with King's College London, University of Oxford, and Royal Holloway, University of London. His own CMPCP project - Creative Learning and 'Original' Musical Performance - is being pursued in association with the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is one of four Series Editors of The Complete Chopin - A New Critical Edition, and he directs the Online Chopin Variorum Edition, funded by the Mellon Foundation (

John Rink's research on musical performance began with an undergraduate dissertation at Princeton on 'Analytic Process in Performance'. After completing his doctoral work on Chopin's improvisatory music, he took an active role in promoting performance studies within musicology and has since developed a reputation as one of the world's foremost specialists in the field. His influential book The Practice of Performance argued for a holistic approach to performance studies, given the broad range of factors underlying the act of performance and more specifically the performer's conception of music. A similar strategy was adopted in Musical Performance, in which the primary emphasis was placed on the experience of music in and through time. This remains one of his main preoccupations, hence his ongoing attention to the modelling of musical shape and gesture.

[Photo Credit: Emma Hutton]

Plenary Performers

Joe Burgstaller

Trumpeter Joe Burgstaller has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his dazzling virtuosity, captivating sensitivity and engaging personality. Formerly with Canadian Brass (7.5 years as a featured trumpeter/arranger) and the avant-garde Meridian Arts Ensemble (6 years), he was also one of the all-time most popular soloists at Columbia Artists' Community Concert (alumni include Van Cliburn and Heifetz), performing over 60 solo concerts every year.

Burgstaller has performed in front of more than 40 orchestras (Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, New Jersey, Virginia,, in more than 50 Music Festivals, and has performed and taught at over 80 universities, conservatories and colleges. His extensive discography includes solo CDs (The Virtuoso Trumpet and Music from 18th Century London) and three Top-10 Billboard hits with Canadian Brass. His last two CDs with his Classical/Jazz-Hybrid crossover group BM4 (Bach's Secret Files and Mozart's Blue Dreams) were Top-50 on the JazzRadio charts and the Roots Radio Report (under Paul Simon but right above the Beastie Boys).

Mr. Burgstaller tours worldwide as a soloist, with his hit crossover group BM4 (BurgstallerMartignon4), with the NY Brass Arts Trio, and as a clinician and teacher. He is on the faculty at The Peabody Institute (The Johns Hopkins University) in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches trumpet, chamber music and a special Performance Class series for all instruments called "The Myth of Reality and the Illusion of Control". Every summer he teaches at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. Joe Burgstaller is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Colin Currie

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A foremost contributor to contemporary music and soloist of choice for composers from Steve Reich to Rautavaara, Colin Currie has been the driving force behind new percussion repertoire for more than a decade. Acclaimed for his virtuosity and musical integrity, Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras, such as the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra and London Philharmonic.

From his earliest years Currie forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion. He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 for his inspirational role in contemporary music-making, and recent projects include premieres by composers such as Simon Holt, Kurt Schwertsik, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon, Alexander Goehr, and most recently Elliott Carter, whose double concerto Conversations Currie premiered with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Aldeburgh Festival in June 2011, conducted by Oliver Knussen.

Currie is Artist in Residence at London's Southbank Centre from the 2011/12 season onwards, involving several major commission projects in future seasons including the world premiere of Kalevi Aho's Percussion Concerto in April 2012 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Currie's dynamic percussion ensemble The Colin Currie Group continues to receive critical acclaim for its performances of Steve Reich's iconic work "Drumming", following sell-out performances throughout the UK. Other recital projects include a new duo recital with trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger, which premiered in Aldeburgh, Hannover and the Far East in 2011 including new commissions by Lucas Ligeti, Christian Muthspiel and Tobias Brostrom. Generous support from Zildjian and MarimbaOne over the years has been extensive and invaluable, recently culminating in the release of his own Signature Series of mallets made by MarimbaOne.

[Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve]

James Morrison

Multi-instrumentalist James Morrison plays the trumpet, trombone, euphonium, flugel horn, tuba, saxophones, double bass and piano.

At the age of seven, he was given his first instrument, at nine he formed his first band and at thirteen he was playing professionally in nightclubs. His international career developed just as quickly. At only age 16 James debuted in the USA with a breathtaking concert at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Following this were performances at the big festivals in Europe including Montreaux, Pori, North Sea, Nice and Bern - playing with many of the legends of jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw, Red Rodney, George Benson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ray Brown and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. There were also gigs in the worlds most famous jazz clubs - The Blue Note and Village Vanguard in New York, the New Morning in Paris and Ronnie Scotts in London.

James Morrison's career thus far has been diverse and perhaps not typical of most jazz musicians. He recorded Jazz Meets the Symphony with The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lalo Schifrin, performed concerts at the Royal Albert hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Princess Anne. In 1997, James was recognised for his service to the arts in Australia and awarded a medal of The Order of Australia.

James was also the artistic advisor to the Sydney Symphony's "Kaleidoscope" series, which has included performances by Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, Gary Burton and Kristjan Jarvi. He spends much time in education, doing master classes and workshops in many countries and presenting the James Morrison Jazz Scholarship at Generations in Jazz. His love of cars is well known, as he was a host on the TV program Top Gear Australia.

Qin Li-Wei

Qin Li-Wei is one of the most important Chinese cellists of his generation. 'Li-Wei drew the audience in with his artistry, his brilliant virtuosity and his very refined musicality and sincerity of interpretation' was the description of the cellist following his performance at the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition where he was awarded the Silver Medal. He has since won the First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Naumburg Competition in New York.

Li-Wei has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Janowski, London Philharmonic and Bostock, Prague Symphony and Wit, BBC Philharmonic and Totelier, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Van Zweden, Osaka Philharmonic and Belohlavek, Melbourne Symphony and Viotti, BBC Symphony and Van Steen, KBS Symphony and Marin, New Zealand Symphony and Lazarev, Ulster Orchestra and Fischer, Sydney Symphony and Tan Dun, BBC Scottish Symphony and Brabbins, China Philharmonic and Yu and Sinfonia Varsovia and the late Lord Menuhin. Li-Wei has also appeared with chamber orchestras such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Kremerata Baltika.

In recital and chamber music, Li-Wei is a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall and recently made highly successful debuts at New York's Lincoln Centre and in San Francisco and Washington. He appears at the BBC Proms, the Rheinghau, the Shanghai International, the Storioni, the City of London, the Jerusalem and the Mecklenburg Festivals and broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3 and North Deutsche Radio. Li-Wei records for Decca, EMI Classics (Asia), Cello Classics, ABC Classics and Channel Classics. His complete Beethoven Sonatas recording was released on the Decca label in Spring 2010.

Prior to teaching at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Li-Wei was a professor of cello at the Royal Northern College of Music. He plays a 1780 Joseph Guadagnini 'cello, generously loaned by Dr and Mrs Wilson Goh.

Melvyn Tan

Credit: Elizabeth Novick

Born in Singapore in 1956, Melvyn Tan lives in London, his home since he arrived at an early age to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music.

Tan has built a formidable international reputation as a versatile keyboard player. He travelled to the origins of his instrument to rediscover it, and in doing so he earned worldwide acclaim as a leading exponent of the fortepiano and the broader 'early music movement'. His collaboration with Sir Roger Norrington produced a number of landmark recordings and performances, including the Beethoven and Mozart Piano Concertos for EMI, and a European tour with the London Classical Players on Beethoven's very own 1817 'Broadwood' piano.

Today, Melvyn Tan performs on both the fortepiano and modern piano. Passionate about the French repertoire and an expert in the Classical and pre-Romantic periods, he has won critical acclaim for his complete cycles of the Beethoven Concertos and Sonatas, Mozart Sonatas, Debussy Preludes and Chopin Preludes. A well-travelled musician, his visits have frequently brought him to world class venues including London's Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall, New York's Lincoln Centre, Vienna's Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and festivals such as Salzburg, Edinburgh and Spitalfields.

Chamber music and Lieder, from Haydn to Messiaen, hold an important place in Tan's repertoire. Some of his current partners include cellists Guy Johnston and Steven Isserlis (with whom he has recorded the complete Mendelssohn works for cello), the Skampa Quartet, and pianist Ronald Brautigam.

[Photo Credit: Elizabeth Novick]

Plenary Presenters

Dr. Darla Crispin

Dr. Darla Crispin is Fellow in Artistic Research at the Orpheus Research Centre in Music (ORCiM), Ghent, Belgium. A Canadian pianist and scholar, Dr. Crispin has worked as a solo performer and accompanist in Europe and Canada, specialising in musical modernity in both her performing and scholarship. Her work in the conservatoire sector has involved leadership of postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, followed by five-year tenure as Head of Graduate School at the Royal College of Music, which she carried out until 2008.

Dr. Crispin's most recent work focuses upon the ramifications of artistic research for musicians, scholars and audiences. Publications on this theme include a collaborative volume with Kathleen Coessens and Anne Douglas, The Artistic Turn: A Manifesto (2009) and numerous book chapters and articles, the most recent being 'Allotropes of advocacy: a model for categorising persuasiveness in musical performance' (Music & Practice, Oslo 2012).

She is currently working on a book entitled The Solo Piano Works of the Second Viennese School: Performance, Ethics and Understanding.

Stephen Emmerson

Stephen Emmerson has been on the teaching staff of Queensland Conservatorium since 1987. In addition to teaching a range of Music Literature courses, he has convened the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts program there and is a member of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre. He has Masters and Doctoral degrees from Oxford University. His work in recent years has been heavily involved with developments in practice-based research through post-graduate supervision and reflections on his own performance projects. In particular his DVD set Around a Rondo has attracted international attention as a model for the multimedia presentation of research into musical performance. In addition to papers and presentations at a range of international conferences, he was a plenary speaker at the first Performer's Voice Symposium in Singapore in 2009.

He maintains an active performance career as a pianist. As a student he studied piano with Pamela Page (at the University of Queensland) and Peter Wallfisch (from the Royal College of Music in London). He performs regularly both as soloist and with several chamber ensembles, most notably in recent years within the Griffith Trio (an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University), Dean-Emmerson-Dean and with the Endeavour Trio. Recordings of his playing in collaboration with a variety of performers have been released by ABC Classics, Move Records, The Anthology of Australian Music on Disc, CPO, Tall Poppies, Contact and Melba Records.

Prof. Thomas Hecht

Renowned American pianist and pedagogue Thomas Hecht is Head of Piano Studies at the Conservatory. Over the span of nearly three decades he has concertised internationally as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and as a member of the acclaimed duo-piano team Hecht & Shapiro, winners of the Munich International Two Piano Competition and USA National Duo Piano Competition. He was the former Head of Piano Studies and Artist-In-Residence at the School of Music at Victoria University in New Zealand. Prior to that, he served for many years on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA).

Professor Hecht has performed in many of the world's cultural centres, appearing with leading orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of recent tours include performances at the Lincoln Center in New York, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and recitals in Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Italy, Serbia & Montenegro, Germany, South Africa, and throughout all the major centres of Australia and New Zealand.

Thomas Hecht is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory where he won first prize in the concerto competition and the Kaufmann Award for excellence in chamber music. Later he was accepted for graduate studies at the Peabody Institute as a student of Leon Fleisher, who was so impressed with the young pianist's abilities that was soon asked to become his mentor’s teaching assistant, an honour which Fleisher - one of the great pianists of our time - had never before bestowed on any pianist. His merits and many noteworthy achievements were recently celebrated at Peabody where he was presented with the coveted Young Maestro Award, honouring alumni who have distinguished themselves in their performing careers.

Dr. Hecht also enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading teachers of his generation, having produced a multitude of first prize winners in solo and two piano competitions throughout the United States, Europe and Australasia. He has given master classes at renowned institutions such as the Royal Academy, Royal Northern and Royal Welsh Colleges of Music, as well as at the Paris, Eastman, Oberlin, Peabody, Sydney and Beijing and Sichuan Conservatories. He recently served as Visiting Professor at the Peabody Institute under the auspices of the first YST-Peabody faculty exchange programme, while other guest residency invitations have included the Guildhall College of Music & Drama and the Conservatoire de Paris.

His highly sought after piano classes, which have nurtured young talents for over two decades on three continents-- have produced concerto soloists with the Singapore, New Zealand, Christchurch, Lamont, Lima, Kaunas and Peabody Symphony Orchestras, the Cleveland, Philippines, Singapore and Dnipropetrovsk Philharmonic Orchestras, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne and Wellington Youth Orchestras, the Auckland Philharmonia and the Singapore Festival Orchestra.

Throughout his career he has represented USA, New Zealand and Singapore on jury panels of the Gina Bachauer, Geneva, Ibiza and Paralympic International Piano Competitions in addition to the national piano competitions of Japan, Thailand, Australia and South Africa. He receives regular invitations to summer piano festivals, including performances in Sydney, Beijing, Wellington, Chethams, Taichung, Bavaria and Brasov (where he is Honorary Professor of Piano at the University of Transylvania), and continues to be in demand for workshops and pedagogy conferences throughout the world.

Thomas Hecht is a Steinway Artist and records for the Azica, Elysium and Atoll labels.

Prof. Michael Musgrave

Michael Musgrave is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of London, Visiting Research Fellow at the Royal College of Music, and serves on the graduate faculty of the Juilliard School, New York, where he currently resides. He studied first as pianist and organist at the Royal College of Music and subsequently in the field of musicology at the University of London and privately with F.W.Sternfeld and John Caldwell.

His field of research is 19th and early 20th Century German music, and English concert life in the same period. He is author and editor of six books on Brahms, including (with Bernard D. Sherman) 'Performing Brahms. Early Evidence of Performance Style' (2003): this won the 2003 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Best Research in Recorded Classical Music. His biography of Robert Schumann in the CUP Musical Lives series appeared in 2011. In English music, he is author of 'The Musical Life of the Crystal Palace' (1995), and editor of the centenary assessment of the founder of 'Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians': 'George Grove, Music and Victorian Culture' (2003).

He is a member of the Verein of the 'Johannes Brahms Gesamtasugabe', for which he has edited the two orchestral serenades Op.11 and Op.16 (2006), and these works and the two orchestral overtures in Brahms's arrangements for four hands (forthcoming 2012); other editions include the 'Liebeslieder Waltzes' of Brahms in different versions for Carus Verlag and Edition Peters, and the Schumann Piano Concerto, also for Peters (2009). He is a contributor to The New Grove 2, the Dictionary of National Biography and the Times Literary Supplement. He received the Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in 2005.

Anothai Nitibhon

A composer and pianist, Anothai Nitibhon was born in 1978 in Bangkok. In 2000 after completing her bachelor degree in Music Education in Thailand, she received the Award of Outstanding Youth in Arts and Culture from the National Youth Bureau, Office of the Prime Minister, Thailand, for her contribution as a young composer.

Nitibhon continued her studies in the Master programme in Music Composition at the University of Edinburgh under Professor Nigel Osborne. In 2002, she graduated with a Master Degree and was awarded a distinction for her major work 'Manohra'. She has then been awarded the Overseas Research Students Award and a scholarship from Edinburgh University to continue her study for a PhD in Music Composition with Professor Nigel Osborne and recently obtain her PhD in Composition in May 2007.

Working on the cultural front, Nitibhon bases her musical research on the idea of intercultural dialogue amongst different countries. Her compositions have been performed in concerts and festivals by various orchestras and ensembles in the UK, Germany, France, Bosnia Herzegovina, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand and USA. Her work for string quartet and double bass 'Dukkha' has been recorded by the Edinburgh Quartet and is now released on CD. She has also been selected to participate in the Voix Nouvelles composition course with Brian Ferneyhough, supported by the Royaumont Foundation.

Alongside her studies in composition, Anothai is intensively involved in music, educational and creativity work in the UK and overseas. Her contributions in the UK brought her the International Student Awards, a national awards scheme run by the British Council in 2005. Nitibhon is now a full-time lecturer at the Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand and a part-time lecture in composition at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

Dr. Kia Hui Tan

Dr. Kia Hui Tan has performed as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in 25 US states and 20 countries on 5 continents, including at London's Barbican Hall and New York's Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Described in The Strad as a "violinist whose virtuosity was astonishing", she has won numerous awards including the Bronze Medal at the 1st NTDTV Chinese International Violin Competition at Town Hall in 2008. Included in her repertoire of over 300 solo or chamber works are premiere performances of works by more than 50 living composers. She has been a member of various new music ensembles and is frequently invited to perform at contemporary music festivals and conferences, often presenting themed lecture-recitals on the vastly unexplored repertory for unaccompanied solo violin. Also an experienced orchestral violinist, she had served as concertmaster under Sir Colin Davis and Mstislav Rostropovitch among many other notable conductors.

Currently Associate Professor of Violin, Tan had been on faculty at Cornell University, University of Toledo, The Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland Music School Settlement before joining OSU in 2005. She is in demand as a master class presenter, adjudicator, strings coach and guest conductor in high schools, colleges and youth orchestras, and her outreach activities have extended as far as China and Colombia. She is the recipient of the 2008-9 School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award.

Tan studied piano, violin, music theory and composition in her native country Singapore before receiving scholarships to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Cleveland Institute of Music where she was conferred the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2001. Her principal teachers included David Takeno, David Updegraff and Stephen Shipps. She continues to explore how Alexander Technique, Nervous System Energy Work and Tai Chi influence and enhance her violin playing and teaching.

Resident Ensembles

Ang Mo Faux

Ang Mo Faux is an ensemble specializing in improvised music, electroacoustics, and realizations of experimental music. Its repertoire employs live electronic processing, composition, and improvisation. The sound world derives from percussion, amplification of small sounds, samples, field recordings, as well as found and invented instruments deriving from various cultures in the world. The hardware store is a common source for new sounds.

The members of Ang Mo Faux come from backgrounds in world music, computer music, experimental music, and the European avant-garde, and they bring their knowledge and experiences together in this ensemble to create new works in a collaborative and open-eared context. All of the members are instructors at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, part of the National University of Singapore. As educators, the members also offers workshops and presentations in the areas of computer music, rhythm, group composition, improvisation strategies, and contemporary compositional approaches.

The members of Ang Mo Faux are Ty Constant, Dr. Peter Edwards and Steven M. Miller.

Orchestra of the Music Makers

The Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM) is a volunteer orchestra in every sense of the word - not only is it managed by young volunteers pursuing orchestral experience purely for the love of it, it also seeks to pursue philanthropy through music. To date, it has raised more than S$300,000 for various causes such as the President's Challenge, Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and Children's Cancer Foundation. OMM was recently granted Institution of Public Character (IPC) status in Singapore, thus enabling the orchestra to make even more contributions to society.

Averaging at 23 years of age, OMM's 140 members are emblems of Singapore's maturing volunteer instrumentalists, most of who are pursuing careers in diverse areas outside of music. Driven by a common passion for classical music, the group brought their skills (musical and otherwise) together and formed the Orchestra in 2008 with the help of their mentor, Singaporean conductor Chan Tze Law, Associate Director of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Just a year after its inaugural concert season, the orchestra was named the recipient of the HSBC Youth Excellence Award for Musical Excellence. A year later, the Orchestra's performance of Mahler's 2nd Symphony earned itself international acclaim in notable journals such as The Gramaphone (UK), Mostly Classic (Japan), American Record Guide and Fanfare (USA). The Orchestra subsequently released a CD recording of the concert which garnered similarly excellent reviews. Furthermore, Singapore Airlines has selected it for its KrisWorld in-flight classical music selection.

The Six Tones

The Six Tones is a Swedish/Vietnamese project that, since 2006, works on a long-term basis on the amalgamation of art music from Vietnam and Europe.

The Six Tones play transcriptions of traditional Vietnamese music for Western stringed instruments and traditional Vietnamese instruments, also in combination with live-electronics, and they also commission new works by Western as well as from Vietnamese composers.

The Six Tones consist of two Vietnamese performers, Nguyen Thanh Thuy (who plays dan tranh) and Ngo Tra My (who play dan bau), and Swedish guitarist Stefan Östersjö (also playing many other string instruments). The Six Tones also heavily collaborate with the composer and improviser Henrik Frisk who has both composed works for the ensemble as well as toured with the group as a laptop improviser.

Size Zero Opera

Credit: Fly Davis

Size Zero Opera was founded by composer and mezzo-soprano, Laura Bowler in 2007. The company specialise in the creation and performance of contemporary and innovative chamber opera with emerging individuals in exciting and challenging ways. We bring our musicians to the forefront as they are integral to the theatre we want to create and explore.

Size Zero Opera began with the premiere of 'My Friend Annie', a 30 minute music-theatre work depicting the stream of conscience of an anorexic teenage girl, which was later nominated for a 'Royal Society for the Promotion of Health through Music Award'. One of the company's greatest successes has been the several performances we have given of Laura Bowler's 'Settings of Tanya Gold' which was the feature of an article written by Tanya Gold in The Guardian about the music setting of her articles.

Size Zero Opera have premiered several works at the internationally renowned Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival in London, and have given performances at the Grimeborn Opera Festival, the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as well as a residency at London's Little Opera House in May 2011.

Future productions include a joint commission with The Banff Centre, Canada, working with composer Christopher Mayo to be premiered in Canada, March 2013, the premiere of Arne Gieshoff's new opera in August 2013 and the premiere of Laura Bowler's new opera this coming August; The Sandman, working with BBC Radio Playwright, Lavinia Murray. The company is generously supported by the PRS Foundation and the Stephen Oliver Award.

[Photo Credit: Fly Davis]

Diana Soh

Diana Soh is a young Singaporean composer whose musical interest is currently directed at exploring performance interactivity. Her music tends to be characterized by interruptive oppositions between surface activities and passivity.

Her music has been performed in venues as varied as LSO St. Luke's (UK), Royaumont (FR), Acanthes (FR), Donaueschinger Musiktager (GER), June in Buffalo (US), Unerhorte Musik series (GER) with broadcasts on the BBC radio 3. She has had the good fortune of working with musicians such as James Avery, Magnus Andersson, NEO Norbotten, Tony Arnold, Berlin Piano and Percussion, NYNME, the Arditti Quartet, the SYC Ensemble Singers, the CIKADA ensemble, and Ensemble Mosaik.

Diana is an alumnus of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music '07 and is currently working towards her PhD at the University at Buffalo under the tutelage of David Felder. Recent employments include artist liaison and concert organisation assistance at the Center for 21st Century Music in Buffalo, New York as well as being on the music faculty at The School of the Arts, Singapore. She currently lives in Paris where she is a participant of the year-long IRCAM Cursus 1 as well as the Composer-in-Residence for a 2-year joint project by The Conservatoire D'Ivry sur Seine (Paris), La Muse en Circuit, l'ADIAM94, l'ARIAM and ensembles Quatuor Parisii and Concert Impromptu. Other upcoming projects include an electronic music improvisation collaboration with ZOO dance company under the tutelage of Thierry de Mey.

T'ang Quartet

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T'ang Quartet. Singapore's premier classical string quartet.

Cutting an unmistakable silhouette on the local and global stage, the Quartet comprising Ang Chek Meng (2nd Violin), Ng Yu-Ying (1st Violin), Leslie Tan (Cello) and Lionel Tan (Viola) has been pushing the boundaries of classical music since 1992.

The Quartet started its professional career in 1999 with unanimity of purpose: to break new ground in sharing the sheer joy and pleasure of music to a larger audience, and set new standards of artistic achievement. Trained in London and Moscow, the Quartet found its genesis when Ang Chek Meng, Ng Yu-Ying & brothers Leslie & Lionel Tan were members of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Forming the Quartet in 1992, they embarked on a musical journey together, exploring the frontiers of string chamber music ever since.

With their charisma and intuitive connection as a group, they have graced concert halls the world over with a winning stage personality that aptly mirrors their music: effortlessly smart, sharp, and cosmopolitan. They have been invited to perform in Music Festivals in Canberra (Australia) and Baku (Azerbaijan) in 2010 and most recently in Edinburgh International Festival (Scotland) and Musique en Voutes in Burgundy (France) last August and September 2011, respectively.

T'ang Quartet is highly experimentative. Having collaborated and performed with a well-known DJ for their Highly Strung concert in December 2010 and a Brass-String pairing with America's Boston Brass in January 2011, you can simply expect the unexpected from T'ang Quartet at their concerts.

Throughout their musical career, T'ang Quartet has achieved many awards such as 3rd place & Special Jury Prize (Best Interpretation of a Contemporary Work), Internationaler Joseph Joachim Kammermusikwettbewerb, Weimar (Germany) in 1999. They went on to win the Bartok Prize by the Wien-Prague-Budapest SommerAkademie (Austria) and Cultural Award by Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI - Singapore) in year 2000. The T'ang Quartet has also clinched the Artistic Excellence Award (Classical) by Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) in year 2008.

[Photo Credit: Aloysius Lim]