Display of Compositions by YSTCM Students

The Music Library is proud to present the compositions of our very own students, Chen Zhangyi and Emily Koh. These graduating students are accomplished musicians and composers and the Music Library is pleased to hold an exhibition of samples of their works.

Singaporean Chen Zhangyi, a final-year composition major at the conservatory, has represented Singapore on a student exchange program at the Peabody Institute on full scholarship. He has received regular nominations on the Dean’s list at the YST Conservatory and the Peabody Institute.

Zhangyi’s large ensemble work Glidings was featured in 2007 at the inaugural concert of YST New Music Ensemble at the Esplanade (Singapore). Three of his orchestral pieces, Unraveling, Resonance and Ruminations, have been read by the YST Conservatory Orchestra on separate occasions. An avid violinist and violist, he has also performed with the Singapore Festival Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra. Zhangyi’s works currently displayed are Constellations, Unraveling and Unending Bridges.

A recipient of numerous awards, grants and scholarships, Singaporean Emily Koh is a young composer of contemporary classical music. Her interest in music composition is currently directed at the confluence of the different styles of music in a multi-dimensional space-time, focusing on timbral explorations. 

Emily’s music has been performed in many countries in Asia, Europe and the United States. She was one of ten composers selected to participate in the Sentieri Selvaggi Composition Masterclass with Ivan Fedele in Milan, Italy.

Upcoming events include premieres of two commissioned works by the NUS Symphony Orchestra and the NUS Guitar Ensemble at the NUS Arts Festival (Mar 09) and the premiere of her new chamber opera at her graduation recital (Mar 09). She will also be representing Singapore at major composition festivals overseas in the latter half of 2009. Emily’s works on display are Sephiroths and At the End of the End.

The compositions will be on display till 31 March. Do drop by the Concert Hall at YST for Zhangyi’s concert at 6 pm and Emily’s at 8 pm on 19 March. Make a date with our talented young musicians and be entertained by a delightful array of music!

2 Comment

  1. I heard one of Emily’s compositions, About E.C.O., at the NUSSO concert on Saturday. I think it reflected the sounds of earth, sea and sky. Though I wonder if I would have come to the same conclusion without the interactive video that was played in the background during the performance.

  2. Maggie Yin says:

    Oh you were at the UCC on Saturday too? I was there for the screening of “The Horse Thief” at the Dance Studio. Hmm…I have not heard any of the music students’ composition though my taste in classical music is decidedly conservative. I’m fine with the new agey stuff but if it’s anything like Margaret Leng Tan, then I’d have to pass 🙂

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