Chen Fang-Chi

Fang Chi

Chen Fang-Chi
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music


As a composer, Fang-Chi strives to explore the timbres of different instruments and incorporate them into her works. She also tries to write for a variety of ensemble combinations. Many of her works have been performed across Asia, notably in Singapore and Taiwan.

 Fang-Chi (b. 1996) started composing at the age of 11. She won the First Prize of the Tauyuan Student Composition Competition in 2009 and the Fifth Prize of the National Student Composition Competition in 2010 in Taiwan. Before she was accepted into Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM), she presented her pieces regularly at school and held a public composition recital in 2013 with a full program of her works in Taiwan. After she started studying at YSTCM, many of her pieces has been performed in the composition department recital at YST Orchestra Hall. Her piece Diu Diu Dang Ah (2016), scored for Chinese Orchestra was selected into a composer workshop held by Singapore Chinese Orchestra and premiered at the Singapore Conference Hall. Dawn II (2016), scored for large ensemble was selected to be played in the concert ‘Spectrum Series – In View of Distant Lands’, the concert of the PAMS Summit at Singapore Esplanade Recital Studio and YSTCM orchestra hall in collaboration with YST New Music Ensemble and Ensemble Multilaterale, a French contemporary ensemble in a New Music concert. Metamorphosis (2016) for Piano solo was premiered at Cohen Davison Theatre, Peabody Institute.

Fang Chi is currently pursuing her Bachelor degree in Music Composition under the tutelage of A/P Ho Chee Kong at YSTCM of the National University of Singapore on full scholarship. She was also selected by the Conservatory to attend the exchange program at Peabody Institute under the tutelage of Dr. Amy Kirsten. Fang Chi has had her works presented in masterclasses and workshop by Diana Soh, Maria Grenfell, Amnon Wolman, Chihchun Shi-sun Lee and Jing Wen Zhao.

About the piece:

Catalyst is written for percussion quartet. It is one of my FYP pieces and is about 11 minutes in length. A catalyst is usually used to accelerate or cause a chemical reaction without itself being affected. However, it also can be defined as something which incites activity, like a trigger. The concept of this piece is about triggering – the phrases are triggered by different combination of sounds. This concept is inspired by the first movement of Jeux Vénitiens by Lutoslawski.
As the exploration of timbre is the fundamental idea for my FYP, this piece has a variety of conventional and unconventional percussion sounds. I also use prepared percussion to extend the palette of unconventional sound colours.
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