Formerly known as The Young Musicians’ Foundation Orchestra (TYMFO), Musicians’ Initiative (MI) aims to focus on their audience’s experience, which is a vital part of the music-making process.

“The formative years of TYMFO from 2016 saw the orchestra grow in size and activities. As we grew, it became apparent that we had a strategic niche in Singapore.” said Marcomms Executive Lee Hui.

“Thus the rebranding allowed us to present a profile that is a clear representation of what we are and what we want to become, after two full years of activity as TYMFO.”

Not all has changed however – the group is still made up of the same people with the same core vision of developing the next generation of pre-professional musicians.

Introducing their new tagline ‘Your ___ Experience’, Musicians’ Initiative turns the focus of their projects to their audience’s concert experience.

“The blank in the tagline changes based on the nature of the project. This reflects the flexibility of MI, in line with our efforts to bring a multi-faceted, and thus unique musical experience to our audience. The facelift is part of our efforts to re-establish ourselves as key players in Singapore’s orchestral scene. In Singapore’s robust scene, it is essential that musicians understand their role in the community,” Lee Hui explained.

Musicians’ Initiative will collaborate with award-winning concert pianist Kanon Matsuda this Friday evening in their debut concert, which intends to bring to their audience the full ‘orchestral’ experience.

In a specially curated program, Kanon will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb Minor, together with Musicians’ Initiative and their Music Director Alvin Arumugam. The orchestra will also present Ginka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Op. 35.

“In other words, this concert belongs to the traditional orchestral concert experience. In the past year, we have presented a variety of ‘experiences’, namely the Operatic Experience with The Opera People (Der Zwerg), and the Curated Experience (Welcome to the New World).”

“This time, with the official launch of Musicians’ Initiative, we want to present our orchestra in its simplest form: in traditional concert. We hope that everyone else will celebrate this milestone with us!”

The Orient With Kanon Matsuda

Friday, 30 August
Victoria Concert Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets: $22, $18 (Excludes Booking Fee)
Tickets available from SISTIC


Written By Editor

A contributing editor at TBP.