29 May 2019, 9am
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29 May 2019, 10am
Presented by Josephine Koh Piano Academy
Featured Pianists: Josephine Koh and Dr Jipson Quah
Guest Conductor: Lien Boon Hua
Orchestra: Joyeux Sinfornia, led by The Libitum Quartet
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466 (2nd and 3rd movement)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 (1st movement)
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (2nd movement)
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 (3rd movement)
RAVEL Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major
Bösendorfer artist Josephine Koh chooses to showcase Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major in the second series of Piano Concertos in Perspective following a recent recovery from a surgery to her right hand. The evening will feature accomplished pianists from Josephine Koh Piano Academy, who will perform a varied and interesting concerto programme. The soloists are: Alysa Cheng, Evelyn Goh, Colette Tan and Trina Tan. Orchestral Pianists being Chua Siew Joo, Tyndale Choo, Louise Chua, Siauw Yu Chuan. This debut concert of the newly formed chamber orchestra Joyeux Sinfornia will be led by The Libitum Quartet under the baton of guest conductor Lien Boon Hua.
Approximately 2 hour
(with 15 minutes interval)
Rating / Age Limit
- No admission for infants in arms and children below 6 years old.
- Children 6 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry.
- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
Photography / Video Recording Rules
- No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording are permitted for this event.
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S$29 (Cat 1) / S$24 (Cat 2) / S$22 (Cat 3) ticket for Student and Senior Citizen (aged 55 & above)
[Full Time students with valid student pass]
[Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry]
[Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets]
S$29 (Cat 1) / S$24 (Cat 2) / S$22(Cat 3) tickets for Group Discount with minimum purchase of 4 tickets
Lien Boon Hua
LIEN Boon Hua is a young conductor from Singapore and prizewinner at the 2nd Antal Dorati International Conducting Competition, 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Conducting Competition and 12th Aram Khachaturian International Conducting Competition. He is currently featured as one of two conductors on the Peter Eötvös Foundation Mentoring Program 2019 and also leads OpusNovus, the new music ensemble at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. |
Lien was the Assistant Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (NOSPR) from 2016 to 2018, and also served as Musikalische Assistenz to the Richard-Strauss-Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He has assisted conductors such as Alexander Liebreich, Lawrence Foster, Giancarlo Guerrero, Manfred Honeck, Cristian Măcelaru, Leonard Slatkin and Yan Pascal Tortelier.
Highlights of his 2018/19 season includes debuts with NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Kraków Philharmonic, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, MAV Symphony Orchestra and UMZE Ensemble; concerts with NOSPR at the International Mozartiana Festival in Gdańsk and Katowice; and invitations to participate at international conducting competitions in Mexico City and Budapest.
Lien has worked with prominent orchestras around the world, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, among others.
He also participated in masterclasses at prominent festivals with distinguished conductors, such as Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival, Marin Alsop and Cristian Măcelaru at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Stefan Asbury at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He was the only international participant invited to the 4th Seoul Philharmonic Conducting Masterclass, where he received guidance from Markus Stenz and Thierry Fischer. He also conducted in the INTERAKTION Dirigentenwerkstatt des Kritischen Orchesters with musicians from leading German orchestras and was named an inaugural Mahler Conducting Fellow for the Colorado MahlerFest XXIX.
In addition, Lien is the Music Director of the award-winning Orchestra Collective, one of Singapore’s finest wind ensembles, and served as the Eastman Conducting Fellow of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 2014 to 2016. His artistic achievements have earned him the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize, Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship and was named winner of the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music Call for Conductor as well as The American Prize in Orchestral Conducting.
Currently based in Singapore, Lien received his doctorate in orchestral conducting at the Eastman School of Music where his mentors include Neil Varon, Brad Lubman and Mark Scatterday. He holds conducting and performance degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, with additional studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Outside of his formal training, Lien has also actively participated in masterclasses with Carl St. Clair, David Effron, Peter Eötvös, Leon Fleisher, Mark Gibson, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Heinz Holliger, Leonid Korchmar, Hannu Lintu, Manuel Nawri, Nicolás Pasquet, Timothy Reynish, Johannes Schaefli, Gerard Schwarz, Yuri Simonov, Mark Stringer and Osmo Vänskä.
The Libitum Quartet
Founded and led by the Shagimadanov family who originally hail from Uzbekistan and who trained in the Russian music tradition, The Libitum Quartet is a professional quartet which aims to bring classical music from past centuries to the modern listeners. It specialises in producing themed chamber recitals for the audiences to experience the lives and times of great composers, through music, stories and anecdotes.
Josephine Koh FTCL, BA(EM), ARCM, LMusTCL
Ms Josephine Koh is a Bösendorfer concert pianist, theorist, conductor and music author. As a 21st century pianist, she is the recipient of the Most Distinguished Musician award at the 24th International Music Competition (2015) of the IBLA Foundation (USA), Laureate Diploma Winner at the International “Bartolomeo Cristofori” 2015 and Laureate Third Prize Winner at the “Gloria and Polyphonica” 2016 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She first studied piano performance under Vincenzo Balzani in Milan, Italy and thereafter with Tatyana Lupikina, Dimitrii Schirin and Yuri Didenko in Russia. She has been actively performing as a recitalist in Singapore, Europe, Korea, Russia and appeared in performances with various European orchestras.
As an Orchestral Conductor, Maestra Josephine Koh studied conducting under Denise Ham and George Hurst in the UK and later, with Ovidiu Balan in Romania at the International Conductors’ Academy (2011-12). She was Artistic Director and Conductor of the NUS Harmonica Orchestra at the Centre for the Arts, National University of Singapore (NUS) from 2006 to 2018, directing multi-media events, large-scale vocal instrumental works and creative theatre productions. Her conducting appearances also include, the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra and the Alion Baltic International Music Festival (2018). With the success of Piano Concertos in Perspective I, Josephine Koh founded and now conducts the Joyeux Sinfornia – an orchestra with a pianist!
A graduate in English and Professional Management from the UK Open University, Ms Koh is the director and principal of Josephine Koh Piano Academy. Many music teachers and students would have known her for the many popular educational publications – Practice in Music Theory series, Teachers’ Choice, Selected Repertory and Studies (based on ABRSM piano exam syllabi), Musical Forms and Terms and Understanding Orchestration, the Orchestra and its Instruments. She is currently the managing director and resident author at Wells Music Publishers.