Monday, 28 March 2022
Esplanade Concert Hall, 12.30pm
30 minutes (no intermission)
Tickets available here
Join award-winning musicians, clarinetist Ralph Emmanuel Lim and pianist Evelyn Handrisanto as they take you for afternoon tea on a Parisian street.
Revitalize your afternoon with popular French masterpieces such as Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy and Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata. Be prepared to be whizzed away to the enchanting, cobbled streets of Paris and bask in its rich musical architecture. It will be an afternoon you wouldn’t want to miss!
Ralph Emmanuel Lim
“Ralph Emmanuel Lim, one of Singapore’s most accomplished young woodwind players… hisrich and mellow sonority, almost nonchalant virtuosity and engaging personality, commanded the stage from the first entry” – The Straits Times
Ralph Emmanuel Lim is the co-principal of Singapore’s first professional chamber orchestra Resound Collective, and co-founder of the award-winning clarinet ensemble CLARQuinet.
Lim studied under Tang Xiao Ping, assistant principal bass clarinetist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, while studying at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. He was thereafter under the tutelage of Timothy Lines and Janet Hilton while studying at the Royal College of Music in London.
He has appeared frequently as a soloist with Resound Collective, the Philharmonic Winds, Philharmonic Youth Winds and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. In 2021, Lim was regarded as the highlight of the evening when he performed Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet with Concordia Quartet.
“Lim’s mellow and long-breathed clarinet part… proved the high point of the evening.” – The Straits Times
Aside from his numerous awards and accolades including a Distinction in the Royal College of Music Woodwind Concerto Competition (London), Lim has also won the Singapore Clarinet Festival in 2015 and 2017 with CLARQuinet, and 2nd prize at the 2015 Prof. Dichler International Competition in Vienna. He is a Buffet Crampon Clarinet Artist and currently plays on a 2021 limited edition Légende in Mopane by Buffet Crampon, 74/85.
Evelyn Handrisanto performs internationally as a piano recitalist, chamber musician, repetiteur and concerto soloist. Her recent performances include recitals at NAFA-Lee Foundation Theatre, Yale-NUS college (Singapore), Erasmus (Jakarta), Opening of the 6th ASEAN International Chopin piano competition (Malaysia), Gala concert in Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (Warsaw, Poland), International Piano Academy and Competition (Korea), Royal College of Music (UK).
Handrisanto started her music training at a very young age. She was awarded the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Entry ASEAN Grant, NAFA Scholarship and Tuition Grant from the Singapore Ministry of Education to attain the Diploma in Music Performance course at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Handrisanto obtained her Diploma with Distinction in 2015 and became a recipient of the Leong Yoon Pin scholarship to pursue Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the Royal College of Music (UK) and graduated with first class in 2017 under tutelage of Mrs Rena Phua.
Handrisanto’s has many achievements under her belt. Her most recent achievements include the 1st Prize (Artist category) of Nanyang International Music Competition and was awarded Best Sonata prize in 2017. She took masterclasses with such renowned pedagogues and pianists as Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Vanessa Latarche, Dina Parakhina, Jerzy Sterczyński, Dennis Lee, Andreas Weber, Snezana Panovska, Boris Kraljevic, Noriko Ogawa, Gabriel Kwok, Grzegorz Niemczuk.
She performed at 2008 International Piano Institute, organised by the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and led Singapore music critic, Mr Chang Tou Liang to write, “Evelyn Handrisanto displayed limpid fingers and a singing line in a Chopin’s popular Fantaisie-Impromptu. A reading that will always sound fresh and untainted” – The Straits Times.
Handrisanto appeared as a concerto soloist with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Limyau, performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G minor. In 2015, she was selected to perform specially commissioned piece by Dr Kelly Tang for 50 pianos and Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra at Sing50 concert – a celebration of 50 years of Singapore music at the National Stadium.
Besides her international performing career, Handrisanto is the resident pianist with the Singapore Symphony Youth Choir, organised by Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), and she performs frequently in chamber music concerts. She is also an experienced and dedicated piano teacher, she has been teaching at various music schools and giving private piano lessons.
A contributing editor at TBP.