Singapore Symphony Orchestra
“A fine display of orchestral bravado for the SSO and Shui”
A premier Asian orchestra gaining recognition around the world, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) aims to enrich the local cultural scene, serving as a bridge between the musical traditions of Asia and the West, and providing artistic inspiration, entertainment and education.
A full-time professional orchestra with 96 members, the SSO now makes its performing home at the Esplanade Concert Hall, and also performs regularly at the Victoria Concert Hall, home of the SSO since 1979. The SSO performs over 50 symphonic programmes a year. Its versatile repertoire spans the all-time favourites and orchestral masterpieces to exciting cutting-edge premieres, with Asian and Singaporean musicians and composers featuring prominently in the concert season.
In September 2014 the SSO’s debut at the BBC Proms in London received critical acclaim in the major UK newspapers The Guardian and Telegraph. In 2010 the SSO’s 6-city tour of London and Germany, which included a concert at the Berlin Philharmonie, garnered rave reviews from The Times and Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The SSO has also performed in America, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, France, Spain and Turkey.
Since Lan Shui assumed the position of Music Director in 1997, the SSO has been distinguished by a high level of excellence and a rising international profile. Choo Hoey, who was Music Director from 1979 to 1996, is credited for developing the SSO with his diverse programming.
Among the SSO’s recordings under BIS are a number of CDs which have earned international acclaim, including a Rachmaninov series, a Seascapes album featuring a compilation of sea-themed music by Debussy, Frank Bridge, Glazunov and Zhou Long, and the first-ever cycle of Tcherepnin’s piano concertos and symphonies. The SSO has also recorded the music of Chen Yi, Bright Sheng, Karl Goldmark and Richard Yardumian, collaborating with such great artists as Gil Shaham, Evelyn Glennie, Cho-Liang Lin, Noriko Ogawa, Yevgeny Sudbin, Sharon Bezaly, Claude Delangle, Christian Lindberg and Martin Frost.
The Conservatory Orchestra was established in 2003 under Music Directors Chan Tze Law (2003-2006) and Wang Ya-Hui (2006-2009). Currently led by Principal Conductor, Jason Lai (since 2009), the orchestra provides professional training opportunities and performance events for the Conservatory’s orchestral students, exposing them to the music of the 18th through 21st centuries.
Each season, the Conservatory Orchestra performs a series of public concerts in Singapore’s major concert halls with programmes that includes a cross-section of the standard orchestral repertoire supplemented by new works and lesser-known compositions. The orchestra has performed such concerts under the baton of Christopher Adey, Yip Wing-Sie, Leon Fleisher, Takuo Yuasa, Claus Peter Flor, Eiji Oue, Mark Wigglesworth, Robert Spano and Sian Edwards, while masterclasses / open rehearsals have been led by Maestros Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Nelson, Yu Long, Charles Dutoit amongst others.
In the past season, the Conservatory Orchestra has performed with Gabor Takacs-Nagy and Sir Andras Schiff at the Esplanade Concert Hall.