Europe, International, My Concert Experience

Performances in Bordeaux, France

It is my 5th month living in Bordeaux and it has been an amazing time. I have a weekly incredible lesson with my teacher, Marie-Bernadette Charrier. Also a weekly sonate lesson with our amazing accompanist Hilomi Sakaguchi with Marie-Bernadette. For my weekly classical chamber music class, I play with a pretty international saxophone quartet with two French, one Argentinian and me (Singaporean). We have been working on Florent Schmitt’s Quatuor de saxophones, op. 102. As for the contemporary chamber music class, I play with a mixed ensemble of two violins, clarinet, flute and soprano saxophone, we’re preparing a Bulgarian piece for the end of year exam. Together with the Orchestre d’Harmonie (Wind Symphony), we presented an interesting program: orchestre d harmonie bordeaux
I also had an opportunity to share Singaporean music with my class in a conference. I presented the music of Dr Zechariah Goh and had to speak about him in French!

Three weekends back we had two visiting guests, Allison Balcetis and Masanori Oishi. It was three intense days of masterclasses, conferences and performances. In the concert on the last night, our class presented french composer, Benjamin Attahir’s Nouvelle Sous Esctasy for 12 soprano saxophones, 1 soprano and 2 percussionists.

It has been interesting being in Bordeaux, I have picked up phrases of Spanish (owing to the fact that almost half my class are Spanish!) and of course my french is getting a lot better. It was a cold cold winter (-6 degrees) but now it is beautiful in spring! The food here is incredible, good red wine, cheese and bread. I am sure that the friends I have made here will be friends for life. I am so fortunate to have this experience!

 

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International, My Concert Experience

1st Asian Saxophone Congress in Chiayi, Taiwan

As a part of the NAFA Saxophone Quartet, I spent a week in Taiwan (Chiayi and Taipei). We performed a one hour recital at the 1st Asian Saxophone Congress in Chiayi. Our recital comprised of music by local Singaporean composers including Zechariah Goh, Lee Kah Hong Bernard, Jeremiah Li, Alexander Oon and Oh Jin Yong. It was nice to catch up with old friends and make new ones at the congress. After the congress, we headed back to Taipei City and had an exchange with the Taipei National University of the Arts Saxophone Studio.

Publicity on the NAFA official page: http://www.nafa.edu.sg/showcase/events-coverage/profile/nafa-saxophone-quartet-represents-singapore-at-1st-asian-saxophone-congress

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Melbourne Trip

Performance count: 3 in 3 days.

Started off with a performance at Up Your Alley Chamber Music Festival. It was a project presented by the Melbourne Philharmonia Project, spearheaded by the legendary Luke Carbon.

Picture of us (Credit: Luke Carbon). It was cold, windy and wet but still a great turn out of people! Xin Saxophone Duo (comprising of members: Alexis Seah and myself) played Steven Galante’s Sax Sounds III (Diminishing Returns).

The next day, we teamed up with saxophonists from Melbourne, Joseph Lallo and Emily Clarke for a concert at Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. We performed Philippe Geiss’ Patchwork for saxophone quartet. (Photo Credit: Kevin Zhang)

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On the 3rd day, we took part in the final round of 3MBS’ The Talent. Here is the review of our performance https://thetalent3mbs.com/2016/10/26/reeds-and-strings-a-review-of-ep-3/ It was so nice to perform with the amazing Leigh Harrold again!

A photo by the publicity team at 3MBS: 

After, I had a chance to holiday a little bit in Victoria! It was a great trip! Thankyou Melbourne x

(Photo Credit: Joel Charles)

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Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy 2016

Made friends from all over the world including Faroe Islands, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Belgium, South Korea, Japan.. etc. The academy was set at the College of Music, Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand. It started on the 31st July 2016 to the 4th August 2016. During the 5 days, we had private/chamber lessons, lectures, master classes, and ensembles. Everyday our ears were treated to a recital by different ensemble groups. I learnt invaluable lessons from my teachers, Joshua Hyde (Australia), Stephen Page (USA), Pieter Pellens (Belgium) and Zhang Ding (China); I also gained insights into a musician’s life from talking to the rest of the faculty there.

This trip would not have been possible without the National Arts Council (Singapore) and the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy sponsors. A big thankyou to NAC, Singapore for the grant and also to the APSA Faculty for the scholarship. Thankyou also to Leslie Wong (Singapore) and Wong Tak Chiu (Hong Kong) for the planning and excellent execution of the academy.

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