Europe, International, My Concert Experience, Xin Saxophone Quartet

2018 Summer with my Xin Saxophone Quartet family

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We started our season rehearsing endlessly in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After which we flew together to Zagreb, Croatia to perform at the triennial World Saxophone Congress. It is in its 18th edition and was held from the 10th of July to the 14th of July. Our program comprised of 4 pieces, all composed by Singaporean composers. Especially for the congress, we commissioned Sax-Drive! by Daniel Yiau and Transit Sketches II by Xin Saxophone Quartet’s resident composer, Jay Ong. The other two pieces were Homage by Dr. Zechariah Goh and The Serpent by Alexander Oon. What a privilege to present a Singaporean program at an international conference! I have never been more proud to be a Singaporean! #teamsingapore

“Xin saxophone quartet’s recital this afternoon was one of the best performances I have heard so far. They showed musical understanding in their playing. They were incredibly musical and well coordinated as an ensemble. They presented a wide range of tone colours and intricate details in articulations and dynamic contrasts. They were able to bring out different characteristics and styles of each Composer convincingly. We are very proud of you all for the wonderful performance and the wonderful composition!!” – Dr. Zechariah Goh

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10-12th August 2018, we now had the opportunity to present the same program for our locals at the annual Singapore Saxophone Symposium. It was held at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. Other international artists include Michael Duke (Australia), Kyle Horch (United Kingdom), Joseph Lallo (Australia), Chien-Kwan Lin (Singapore/United States), Alfonso Padilla (Spain), Mary Osborn (Australia), Kenny Tsai (Taiwan/United States) and Calvin Wong (Hong Kong/United States). We presented our own recital on the 11th August and also closed the entire symposium at the Gala Concert with our showstopping Sax-Drive!

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Can’t get enough of Xin Saxophone Quartet?
http://www.thebandpost.com/2018/07/xin-saxophone-quartet-represents-singapore-at-world-saxophone-congress/
http://zagrebsaxcongress.com/index.php/hr/sudionici/umjetnici/item/706-xin-saxophone-quartet
http://singaporesaxophonesymposium.com/2018/programme/recital-by-xin-saxophone-quartet/

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Europe, International, My Concert Experience

MOV.ensemble

From friends to colleagues! It has been a lot of joy working with these guys over the last semester in Amsterdam. We had the opportunity to play in a masterclass with the famous Apollo Saxophone Quartet . I am looking forward to more projects and choreography;-) to come in the following year!

Line up of MOV.ensemble:

Soprano Saxophone: Deborah Witteveen (The Netherlands)
Alto Saxophone: Michellina Chan (Singapore)
Tenor Saxophone: Jos Baggermans (The Netherlands)
Baritone Saxophone: Mateusz Pusiewicz (Poland)

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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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My Concert Experience

Back to Basics

IMG_3212.JPGXin Saxophone Quartet’s inaugural recital, entitled Back to Basics, was held at Forte Musicademy’s Sinfornietta Recital Hall. Each of us presented a solo piece in the first half of our recital. The second half featured the entire quartet playing pieces such as Georges Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy, Jean Rivier’s Grave et Presto and Jean-Baptiste Singelee’s Grand Quatuor Concertant. We also performed the World Premiere of new work by Singaporean composer, Jay Ong, entitled Enclosures. Here:

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