Ding Yi (Singapore)
Established in 2007, Ding Yi is Singapore’s most prodigious Chinese chamber music ensemble. The ensemble has captivated audiences with its distinctive approach to music-making and dedication to showcasing a vast repertoire that ranges from traditional Chinese music to contemporary interpretations and cross-genre works, and collaborated with prominent Chinese musicians including Min Huifen and Lu Chunling in many concerts, receiving accolades from critics and audiences alike.
Since emerging first at the National Chinese Music Competition organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore in 2008, Ding Yi continues to advocate and promote its unique Singapore sound – Ding Yi Chinese chamber music locally and overseas, such as China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Uzberkistan. Ding Yi is also a proud recipient of the NAC Major Company Scheme in 2016. For more information, please visit www.dingyimusic.com.
Landman/Stadler Saxophone Duo (Switzerland)
Landman/Stadler Saxophone Duo was formed following the 2014 Darmstadt Summer Course to have a unique voice among the growing field of sax duos. Both dedicated interpreters of new music, NYC-based Geoffrey Landman and Basel-based Patrick Stadler met in 2007 while in school at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel. L/S Saxophone Duo has performed in France, Switzerland, Germany, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and have been featured on the IM FOKUS Concert Series in Berlin and the Composer’s Now Festival in Brooklyn. Both committed pedagogues, the duo has given Guest Artist recitals and masterclasses at the Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Temple University, and the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel. The Landman/Stadler Saxophone Duo has commissioned Paul Clift, Fernando Manassero, William Dougherty and Mauro Hertig; premiered works by Matias Far, Joseph Michaels, Nadir Vassena, Gary Berger, and Chris Fisher Lochhead. Upcoming projects include commissions of works by Brigitta Muntendorf, Andreas Eduardo Frank, Matthias S. Krüger, and central figure of the NYC avant-garde, Elliott Sharp.
OpusNovus is a versatile contemporary music ensemble comprised of musicians from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS. Its programmes often feature works by internationally-renowned composers, and lesser known gems of the contemporary repertoire. OpusNovus also seeks to promote music by composers based in Singapore and around the region, as well as works by conservatory students, faculty and alumni.
The ensemble has collaborated with guest artists and ensembles such as Steven Schick, Ensemble Multilaterale, Trio Surplus, Ensemble Modern, and Wu Xian. OpusNovus is a resident ensemble for the Conservatory’s annual Young Composer’s Academy.
Passepartout Duo (Italy/USA)
Ever since they began collaborating in 2015, the musicians of Passepartout Duo have sought to revitalize the forms and practice of contemporary music through immersive events, interpretive music videos, and interdisciplinary projects that emphasize blurring cultural and aesthetic borders.
Striving to be catalysts for the global mobility of art and artists, Nicoletta Favari (piano) & Christopher Salvito (percussion) have taken the works of emerging and established composers all over the world. They complement the existing and commissioned repertoire with their own original compositions often taking inspiration from their travels. Creating films that document their interpretations and compositions, they seek to showcase contemporary classical music in accessible formats through online videos.
Wu Xian (Singapore)
Wu Xian is a Singaporean chamber music ensemble dedicated to developing captivating programmes that draw connections between music of the past and present. Depending on the characters used in Chinese, Wu Xian can mean five lines (a reference to the traditional music staff), wireless or no lines (referencing contemporary work that challenges musical traditions), or unlimited. Members of Wu Xian are active as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral performers with wide ranging musical interests. Wu Xian performed at the Performer’s Presents’ conference at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in 2016, and has also given a concert at the School of the Arts (SOTA), Singapore.