Friday, 25 February 2022
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 7.15pm & 8.45pm
30 mins (each set)
Featuring the interaction between electronic dance music, live brass instruments and the erhu. This live performance entails a club-styled DJ stage-mashing show featuring a live large brass ensemble.
Enjoy remixes of classical music written by composers Dvorak, Bartok, Paganini and the likes.
Likie Low (b. 1999) is a rising Singaporean composer, producer and songwriter. Winner of the Hitmaker Global Academy and International Seakeepers Society Songwriting Competition in 2020, she has presented numerous shows to rave reviews, including The Past and the Present, as part of Cool Classics, Twisted Classics as part of Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts and a debut performance at Esplanade with her fusion band, consisting of the erhu, trombones and trumpets.
In September 2021, Low was invited to present Let the b®ass drop at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, featuring an exciting mix of her EDM compositions with a live brass ensemble, as well as performing as an erhu soloist and DJ. As a dance/pop music producer, she has also released many singles on music stores, such as Spotify and Apple Music, including her debut album, Tell Me.
Low started her musical journey at the age of nine under the tutelage of local erhu master, Ling Hock Siang, Assistant Concertmaster of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Over the years, she studied composition under several teachers, including Kelly Tang, Chen Zhangyi and Peter Edwards. She graduated from the School of the Arts in 2017 and will graduate from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in 2022.
As an erhu soloist, Low has performed with both Western and Chinese orchestras, including the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Music Makers. In April 2019, she premiered Chen Zhangyi’s trio concerto piece Concerto for Erhu, Ruan and Percussion 《三人行》with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra at the Esplanade Concert Hall, and their subsequent tour to South Korea.
Noted for his versatility and dynamic performances, Ignatius Wang (b. 1990) is regarded as one of Singapore’s rising conducting talents. He is the founding Music Director of the Lion City Brass Band, Director of Music and Chief Instructor of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Band, Music Director of SEIRA, as well as Associate Conductor of the Temasek Polytechnic Band.
Having joined the SAF Central Band in 2011, Wong served as Associate Principal Euphonium and was later awarded an SAF scholarship to the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. A recipient of the Distinguished Star, the Bandmasters’ Course Conducting Prize and the Baldwin’s Award for Best Conductor, Wong emerged top of his class and was the first international student to attain Director of Music qualification from Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service. Upon graduation in 2015, he gained a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours and was admitted as a Fellow of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM).
Wong was announced winner of the Bob Harding Bursary in 2014, and served as the Young Conductor for the Havant Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, he was selected as one of two conductors to represent Singapore at the International Conductors’ Competition at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands. He also served as assistant to Tsung Yeh in the 2019 ballet production of Don Quixote by the Singapore Dance Theatre.
As a guest conductor, Wong has conducted some of the most prominent groups in Singapore and Europe, such as the Singapore Wind Symphony, The Philharmonic Winds, the Sinfonisches Verbandsblasorchester Markgräflerland and the EVAM Estagio de Verão. He has also been featured regularly at the WBAS Youth Band Festival and the Asia Arts Festival as a clinician and adjudicator.
Ignatius was commissioned as a Senior Military Expert on 1st April 2015 and appointed as the Director of Music of the SAF Ceremonial Band at the age of 24 – one of the youngest in the history of the SAF