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(Senior & Artist)
“…Director (re: mix) Foo at full flight, helming its virtuosic solo, is one of Singapore’s most exciting artists. One really feels his driving passion, and his charges responded with similar verve and ebullience for a spirited close. … ” (The Straits Times, 17 December 2012)
Say Ming has been featured as a soloist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) on many occasions. He was featured as a soloist and director in a concert with the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra performing Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and the Singapore premier of Piazolla-Desyatnikov's "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires". His performance of the “Butterfly Lovers Concerto” with the National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra (NUSSO) on its tour to Scotland at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (Scotland) in 2005 was described as:
"... never faltered in his interpretation, weaving through the dramatic score like a beautiful silken thread." (The Press And Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland, Aug 2005)
In 2011, he conducted the Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO) Orchestra “à la Johann Strauss”, assuming the roles of conductor, leader, concertmaster and violin soloist in SLO’s 2011 production of Lehar’s “The Merry Widow”.
Say Ming leads and directs re: mix, which is a unique chamber orchestra in Singapore. This ensemble boasts an eclectic repertoire ranging from John Adams to ABBA, Bach to Beatles, Mozart to movies, and Schoenberg to Salsa. re: mix has been responsible for the creation and championing of a host of uniquely Singaporean works for this genre through its collaborations with many of Singapore’s top composers and arrangers. Within its very short history since its inception, with its wide and daring repertoire together with its successful debut album “Introducing re: mix” (The Straits Times 2012 Album of the Year), re: mix’s unique voice has not only been heard by local audiences, it has also taken the ensemble to regional audiences in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Hong Kong.
Say Ming works closely with young musicians in the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and the NUS Symphony Orchestra in the capacity of a Tutor and Assistant Conductor. He is also the concertmaster of the Symphony Lyric Opera Orchestra.
Sergey Tyuteykin has touched audiences all over the world with his trumpet playing. He has performed in every continent except Africa and Antarctica. And he has performed in the most prestigious stages around the world such as Carnegie Hall, Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Kölner Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore.
Sergey has been honored to work under the baton of some of the greatest conductors of our time, including Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenasy, Lan Shui, Paavo Jarvi, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kurt Masur, Jaap van Zweden.
Prior to joining the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Sergey was appointed by Maestro Long Yu as the Principal Trumpet of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra for the SSOs 130th Anniversary Season in 2009, a position he held for seven years. In 2014, he became a founding faculty member of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy. Prior to his time in Shanghai, Sergey held the position of Principal Trumpet with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his full time positions, Sergey has served as Guest Principal Trumpet with the Malaysia Philharmonic and has appeared with both the New York Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras.
Born in one of the smallest cities of the Russian countryside, Sergey began playing the trumpet in his local school band under the leadership of Vyacheslav Sergeyev, who inspired and trained children in music and orchestral playing for decades.
At seventeen Sergey was accepted to the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory. Two years later, he transferred to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he received intensive training in chamber music and orchestras playing. Five years later, he completed his Masters Degree in Performance and Pedagogy.
While still a student at the conservatory, Sergey worked with numerous symphony orchestras based in Moscow including the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Moscow Radio), and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. At the same time, Sergey was a member of the Moscow based Brass Quintet named after Timofei Dokshitzer.
As a Principal Trumpet, Sergey can be heard on several CD’s, including Naxos’ release of Korngold’s “Sea Hawk/Deception” soundtrack with the Moscow Symphony conducted by William Stromberg and the SONY release of Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony and Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra” with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra conducted by Long Yu.
Sergey has taken lessons and masterclasses around the globe from many well known trumpeters such as Pavel Grinko, Vadim Novikov, Evgeny Fomin, Matthias Hoffs, Uwe Koller, Tom Booth and Allen Vizzutti.
Dr. Nicholas Ong is the first Malaysian to receive a Doctorate in Piano Performance at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. Prior to that, he studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris under a French Government Scholarship, and read a Master of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory-Johns Hopkins University. His teachers include Marian Rybicki, Robert McDonald and he also received masterclasses with Genevieve Mounier, Donminique Merlet and Mikhail Voskressensky. He is the recipient of many international prizes, including First Prize at the Yvonne Lefébure International Piano Competition in France and finalist at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland. The New York Times praised him for his “firm rubber-ball touch and bounce” and Le Figaro for his “astonishing virtuosity.”
He has performed in concerts across the United States, Europe and Asia - Alice Tully Hall, Miller Theatre in New York, Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot in Paris, Seoul Arts Center, the Lee Foundation Theatre in Singapore, and in Festivals such as the Castleton Festival, Focus! Festival, Chopin Festival in Paris, Festival de l’Orangerie, Jeunes Pianistes Virtuoses in Lyon, and the Villa Medicis Festival in Rome. As a versatile chamber musician, he performs with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra musicians in their chamber music concerts, as well as concerts with principals of major orchestras and young talented musicians. A fervent believer in contemporary music, he has performed with Ensemble 2e2m in France, New Juilliard Ensemble, Mimesis Ensemble, and was involved in the Soundbridge Contemporary Music Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, collaborating and premiering works by upcoming composers.
Dr. Ong is in demand for masterclasses and a frequent guest faculty at the Asia International Piano Academy Festival (AIPAF) in South Korea. He was a jury member at the 2008 and 2010 ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, the ASA-BIMA International Piano Competition 2012 in Bandung, Indonesia, the 1st Singapore Steinway Youth Piano Competition 2012, and the 2012 and 2014 Singapore Performers’ Festival.
Dr. Ong is currently Senior Lecturer, Keyboard Studies at the School of Music, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
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2006 Young Artist Award recipient Lim Yan was a student of Ms Lim Tshui Ling in Singapore before pursuing further music studies in Manchester, UK, at Chetham’s School of Music under David Hartigan. He is also a graduate of the University of Manchester as well as the Royal Northern College of Music, where his tutor was Ronan O’Hora.
A seasoned recitalist and concerto soloist, Yan has performed extensively in Europe and Asia. He gave two recitals at the Cheltenham Festival in 2001 and has played concert tours in Serbia with the Belgrade Radio Orchestra and in Sweden with Vägus. In Bacau, Romania, he collaborated with the “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic; in Hanoi with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra; and at the 2010 Beijing International Piano Festival he worked with the China Radio-Film Symphony Orchestra. When the Singapore National Youth Orchestra was invited to the 2011 Aberdeen International Youth Festival, he was the soloist in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2.
Nearer home, Yan has appeared with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in such works as Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Grieg’s Piano Concerto. He was also the soloist for the visit of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in April 2009. Over the course of three concerts in June 2012, he completed a cycle of all five Beethoven Piano Concertos as well as the Triple Concerto with Grace Lee and Lin Juan, together with The Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Lim Yau; and also performed the Choral Fantasy as part of the Esplanade’s tenth anniversary celebrations later that year.
Yan has been on the faculty at the School of the Arts since its inception in 2008. He also teaches at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts as well as the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
Shaun Choo was born in Singapore in 1991 and commenced piano at the age of 7. After attaining his Music Diploma at 14 under Ms. Lena Ching, he pursued his studies abroad at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria, under the guidance of the late renowned pedagogue professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and professor
An active performer, he has travelled across Europe and Asia, giving recitals in Austria, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, China, Singapore and South Korea, often appearing as soloist with orchestras such as the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Mozarteum Symphony
Orchestra, Niederbayerische Philharmonie Passau, China Broadcast Symphony Orchestra, Daegu Philharmonic and Leipzig Academic Orchestra.
Amongst the numerous venues his concerts have taken place at over the years, highlights include the National Concert Hall Beijing, Bregenzer Festspielhaus, Leipziger Gewandhaus, Theatre Wielki Warsaw and Chopin’s birthplace in Zelazowa Wola. Shaun has also been invited to several festivals including the Schwetzinger Festspiele, Duszniki Chopin Piano Festival and Klavierfrühling Deutschlandsberg, and has performed at the following international events – AEC Congress 2006, CommunicAsia 2007 Singapore, Rotary Club Congress
Avignon, BCRT/BMBF 2008 Workshop Berlin and the özbf-Kongress Salzburg 2008.
A prize winner at several international piano competitions, he has clinched a total of 7 first prizes:
2006 Rotary Club Piano Competition Lindau, Germany
2009 Grotrian Steinweg Piano Competition Beijing, China
2010 ZF MusikPreis Friedrichshafen, Germany (March)
2010 Chopin Competition Budapest, Hungary (March)
2010 Chopin Competition Bagneres Di Bigorre, France (July)
2010 Chopin Concerto Competition Beijing, China (November)
2012 Chopin Competition Daegu, South Korea
He was awarded second place in the 21st "Flame" International Competition in Paris 2010 (April) and the 2009 Blüthner Golden Tone Award Piano Competition in Vienna.
An avid composer, Shaun often performs his own works during his concerts. During his two-year military stint from March 2011-2013, he was commissioned by the Singapore army to compose the SAF Signal Formation
Shaun has conducted several masterclasses back home and abroad, and was Assistant Lecturer during the International Summer Academy Mozarteum 2015. He holds the title of Adjunct Professor in Chun University,
Charlotte, North Carolina U.S.A. From 2017 onwards, Shaun will commence studies under renowned professor Jacques Rouvier and pianist Dang Thai Son.
Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, Bang Hean’s teachers in Malaysia include Serena Chow and Rickie Oui. He was the 1st prize winner of the First National Mozart Piano Competition in 1987, and following his success in the LRSM performing diploma in that same year the ABRSM awarded him a four-year scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London.
In England Bang Hean studied with Yonty Solomon, John Blakely and Dennis Lee. He won numerous prizes at the RCM and awards from the Anthony Saltmarsh Prize and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust enabled him to undergo postgraduate studies with the Hungarian teacher Professor Ilonka Deckers in Milan, Italy.
Since his return to Malayisa Bang Hean has made regular appearances in solo recitals, chamber concerts as well as concerto performances. He has appeared in most major concert venues in Malaysia. An active chamber musician, he collaborates frequently with various instrumentalists, including members of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Performances abroad include appearances in England, Italy, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Korea.
Bang Hean is also very much involved in music education, being an adjunct lecturer at the Institute of Music, UCSI University as well as a frequent seminar presenter and competition adjudicator around this part of the world. He works closely with the ABRSM examination board, and has been invited to present their seminars in various countries in Asia.
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Dina Parakhina was born and educated in Russia. She graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and became one of the youngest ever teachers of its Central Music School.
She has always combined teaching with a busy performing career, touring as a soloist and collaborating with many outstanding instrumentalists, singers, conductors and major orchestras. She has given recitals as well as TV and radio broadcasts at the most prestigious venues in Russia, Europe and the Far East. In 1988, Dina became a solo pianist of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra.
After moving to the UK in 1996, Dina’s engagements have included regular appearances with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Proms, performances of Stravinsky’s Petrushka with the LSO at the Barbican, Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto at St John Smith’s Square, Rachmaninoff’s Third with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra, and a solo recital at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. She has made a number of recordings and live broadcasts with BBC Radio 3. Dina currently teaches at London’s Royal College of Music, as well as Manchester’s Royal Northern College of M
Gabriel Kwok was born in Hong Kong and studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Guy Jonson and later with Louis Kentner in London. He has been Head of Keyboard Studies at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since 1989. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, he is Visiting Professor at the Shenzhen Arts School, Xian Conservatory of Music, Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Wuhan Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory of Music in China. He has served on the faculty of the Cliburn Piano Institute (USA), International Institute for Young Musicians (USA), Colburn Academy Festival (USA), Art of the Piano (USA), Chetham’s International Piano Summer School (UK), Music Fest Perugia (Italy), Beijing International Music Festival and Academy (China), Beijing International Piano Festival (China), Guangzhou Piano Masterclasses (China), Shanghai International Piano Festival (China), Singapore International Piano Institute, Asia International Piano Academy and Festival (Korea), Kyungsung International Piano Academy (Korea) and Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes (Israel).
He has given masterclasses at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing), Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Royal Academy of Music (London), Royal College of Music (London), Royal Northern College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Rotterdam Conservatorium, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, University of Auckland, University of British Columbia, Carnegie Mellon University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, University of Kansas, Northwestern University, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Peabody Institute, Roosevelt University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Temple University, Texas Christian University and The Yale School of Music as well as classes in Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea and Portugal.
Gabriel Kwok has been a jury member of many international competitions including the Asia Mozart Bicentenary, Rome, Vianna da Motta, Gina Bachauer, Hong Kong, China, Missouri Southern, Hilton Head, Minnesota Piano-e, Darmstadt Chopin, Japan PTNA, Rio de Janerio BNDES, Singapore Chopin, James Mottram, Asia Chopin and China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition.
He has collaborated with many distinguished artists in concerts, among whom were Pierre Amoyal, Alexander Ballie, Siegfried Behrend, Alan Civil, Eugene Fodor, Lu Siqing, Albert Markov, Yuri Mazurkevich, Clarence Myerscough, Roberta Peters, Qian Zhou, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Jenny Ren, Aaron Rosand, Nathaniel Rosen, Rohan de Saram, Hansjoerg Schellenberger, Denis Shapovalov, Jeffrey Solow, Leon Spierer, Richard Stolzman, Wang Jian and Xue Wei.
In 2014, Professor Kwok was awarded Medal of Honour from the Hong Kong Government for his contribution to piano education in Hong Kong.
Iswargia Renardi Sudarno was born in Bandung, Indonesia, and started his piano lesson there at the age of eleven. After finishing his bachelor degree in architecture at the Bandung Institute of Technology, he continued his musical education at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, USA, and completed his study with a Master of Music degree, under the tutelage of reknown pianist and pedagog, the late Karl Ulrich Schnabel. During summers he also worked with Bela Siki at the Johannesen School of the Arts (Victoria, Canada), Gabriel Chodos and Rita Sloan at Aspen Music School (Aspen, USA), and Robert Levin at Mozarteum International Summer Academy (Salzburg, Austria). Mr. Sudarno received a full scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) to study for one semester at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik Freiburg, Germany, under the guidance of the late Hansjoerg Koch. Other awards received include the Aspen Music School Scholarship and Norman Stanley Smith Award from the Manhattan School of Music (for the best achievement in piano pedagogy learning).
Mr. Sudarno has performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Indonesia, among others the Jakarta Chamber Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Indonesia, Indonesian Arts Institute Symphony Orchestra. and Nusantara Symphony Orchestra. Currently he is the music director of the Jakarta Sinfonietta as well as the Jakarta Conservatory Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has appeared with many international experienced musicians in USA, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Norwey, Sweden, Finland, Korea, Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, India, Thailand, and Malaysia. Along with other leading Indonesian musicians, he founded the Jakarta Conservatory of Music, and currently is appointed to be the conservatory's director. Besides teaching at the conservatory, he is in frequent demand for masterclasses, conferences and competition throughout Indonesia and Asia. His students have won many national and international piano competitions.