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Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music celebrates its 10th Anniversary

9 Sep 2013

Guest conductor Mr Robert Spano leading the Conservatory Orchestra in Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony

Guest-of-Honour President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam interacting with Dr Brody, currently President of the Salk Institute

Photos: Muhammad Firdauz

The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music celebrated its 10th anniversary with a public concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 4 September 2013. The evening’s programme featured renowned guest conductor Mr Robert Spano, Ong Teng Cheong Professor of Music 2013/2014. He led the Conservatory Orchestra in Jean Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony, delivered with such great aplomb that a local newspaper described it as “that sort of life-affirming performance that made the evening rather special” in its review.

The programme also included Head of Piano Professor Thomas Hecht playing Brahms’ virtuosic and majestic 2nd piano concerto, which was extremely well-received. Professor Hecht chose to showcase Brahms again for his solo encore, performing the “Edward” Ballade (Op. 10 No. 1) to rousing applause.

Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam and Mrs Mary Tan were the Guests-of-Honour at the Conservatory’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert. The event was also attended by former Chief Justice Mr Yong Pung How; Mr Wong Ngit Liong, Chairman of the NUS Board of Trustees; Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President; Mr Goh Yew Lin, Chairman of the Conservatory’s Governing Board; and former John Hopkins University President Dr William Brody. Other distinguished guests included donors, prominent members of the arts community, representatives from embassies, music teachers, and members from the NUS community.

The concert was part of the Conservatory’s series of events to celebrate the inauguration of the first music conservatory in Singapore in 2003. Originally established in partnership with the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and founded as the Singapore Conservatory of Music, the Conservatory is distinctively international in terms of its faculty, student population and artistic outlook. Its mission is to be a focal point for musical activity, artistic development and research, both for Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region, contributing to Singapore’s global position.

Currently, 220 of the Asia-Pacific region’s most talented young musicians come to the Conservatory from 21 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Singapore.

By Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music