Ms Ho, who has played for the choir at nursing events and memorial services, is understandably nervous about playing with Lang Lang. She says: “I’m afraid I will make a mistake. The timing has to be correct and if any of us plays the wrong note, the whole thing will be ruined.”
She has been rehearsing the piano scores every chance she gets, even on the bus and on the train on her way to and from Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where she works as a senior clinical educator….
When he was three, Clarence Lee Zheng Le could play note-perfect renditions of jingles he heard on television on his toy piano. Recognising his gift, his mother, Madam Chan Hong Choo, a professional singer then, taught him to play the piano.
He later honed his skills under a few teachers and won the Young Pianist Competition and Yamaha Piano Competition in 2007.
More accolades followed and on Saturday, Lee, now 24, will be performing his debut solo piano recital titled Passion And Poetry at the Victoria Concert Hall.
YONG Siew Toh Conservatory of Musics reputation has grown in 10 years. Now, 75 per cent of its applicants are from abroad.
Ten years ago, not only did the first music conservatory here open its doors and take in its first cohort of students, but it also started a symphony of changes for the music scene in Singapore.
Today, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music graduates play in the country’s established orchestras – seven in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and two in the Singapore Chinese Orchestra – while even more are setting up their own groups such as the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and the Asian Contemporary Ensemble.
Fifteen-year-old Clarence Lee cannot live without his piano — all $35,000 of it.
MADAM Amily Chan could have bought a new car in July, but chose to splurge $35,000 on a Shigeru Kawai grand piano for her only son Clarence Lee instead.
The 15-year—old says: “Yes, my parents spent a bomb for me to pursue my passion. I can’t live without the piano.”
His 53-year-old father has his own accountancy ﬁrm and drives Clarence to his piano classes no matter how busy he is.
True to his word, the Secondary 3 student from Canberra Secondary School plays the instrument wherever he is.
THE music conservatory at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has taken in a bumper crop of young musicians this year, under ﬂexible admissions criteria that allow the school to accept talented students without relevant academic qualiﬁcations.
Among this year’s intake, which started classes on Monday, are NUS’ youngest-ever Singaporean student, 14-year-old piano prodigy Abigail Sin.
Abigail is one of three local teenagers accepted into the Bachelor of Music degree programme, none of whom have any O or A levels. Four overseas students from China and Taiwan will also be taking the course.
DISTANCE does not seem to be an impediment to some of the Contestants that came to Sant Carles. Clarence Lee, 22 years old comes with his mother from Singapore.
Clarence mentioned that he has heard about Ibiza before and was told that Ibiza was a beautiful Island with very nice people. Apart from that, his teacher, Dr. Thomas Hecht was also a member of the jury before in the past edition of the competition.
Clarence had the courage to play a Spanish piece by Albeniz in Spain and moments before he went on stage, he admitted that he was a little bit nervous not knowing whether he could capture the Spanish essence.