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Preview: Maestro Choo Hooey presented by Singapore Symphony Orchestra

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A key part of their origins and growth, the Singapore Symphony’s pioneering Maestro and Conductor Emeritus Choo Hooey returns to conduct the SSO for a special concert held as part of the orchestra’s 40th anniversary.

Maestro Choo Hoey has been associated with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra since its founding in 1979. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1955 and subsequently established a successful career as a visiting conductor throughout Europe and South America. In 1979 he was invited to become the founding Music Director and Resident Conductor of the SSO. From modest beginnings, he gradually built up the orchestra and developed an extensive repertoire ranging from the early Baroque to contemporary masterpieces. He led the orchestra on four successful European tours. Upon stepping down as Music Director in July 1996, he was appointed Conductor Emeritus. For his contribution to music in Singapore, he was awarded the Cultural Medallion (1979), the Public Service Star (1982), and was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters of the National University of Singapore in 1989. In this concert, he will conduct Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightingale, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4, and the then 24-year-old Bartók’s Suite No. 1, an orchestral showpiece marking his entry into the international music scene.

Matching the theme of youthful inspirations, the guest soloist for the concerto is the prodigiously talented 19-year-old Austrian-Chinese violinist He Ziyu. The fast-rising young Chinese violinist holds the honour to be one of the youngest ever soloists invited to play with the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2014, Ziyu won the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition representing the country of Austria; he also won the Mozart Competition in Zhuhai in 2015 and the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen. In 2016, he became the first prize winner at the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg as well as of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin competition in London.

Catch the Maestro and promising violinist He in action this April, only at the Esplanade.

Maestro Choo Hoey plays at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 12th April 2019. Tickets available from SISTIC

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