不拘于古典, 却一定有范;连续3天不间断的音乐飨宴!Go “In Sync” with the times at the 3rd JB Classical Music Festival!

[编辑 Editor 刘大人   英译 Translator 刘大人]

3

天不间断
eventful days

123

演奏家
musicians

5

国家
countries

2

交响乐团
orchestras

与新山艺术节结下不解之缘
An affinity with arts & culture in Johor Bahru

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早在2004年,叶氏夫妇秉持着对文化艺术的热爱,毅然肩负起灌溉这文化沙漠的重任,藉由多元文化与各类型艺术作品(音乐、舞蹈、剧场、喜剧、竞赛及展览等)的呈现,为新山市创造更多表演活动。每年更以不同的主题规划活动,并以爱丁堡艺术节的模式为基础概念,同时办理艺穗节和图书展览等,扩大艺术节的影响力和层面。经费來源部分,除政府的少许补助与票房收入,主要來自企业的募款与赞助,让大人不得为他们的献身精神折服。

The Johor Society for the Performing Arts (JSPA) was founded in 2000 as a non-commercial organisation, dedicated to providing the missing-link that Johor Bahru needed: arts, culture, and entertainment. Meetings between friends became concerts for enthusiasts. Concerts for enthusiasts became events for everybody. And before we knew it, the inaugural JB Arts Festival was born in 2004. Since then, JB has transformed, and the festival has transformed with it, having evolved over the years to become the city’s biggest annual event, and now the longest-running arts festival in the country.

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为了更进一步强化新山老百姓对老家和文化艺术的身份认同,配合大马依斯干达特区的迅速发展及城市转型计划,更在2015年发起了新山国际艺术节都会(Johor Bahru: International Festival City,简称 JB:IFC)的运作模式,因此大家不难发现就两年起,新山首次迎来属于自己的爵士音乐节(Johor Bahru Jazz Festival)、电影节(Johor Bahru Film Festival)、原住民文化节(JB Indigenous Festival),当然更少不了屡获佳评的首届新山古典音乐节(Johor Bahru Classical Music Festival)!这一系列的活动也让新山市顿时间成为国际文化与艺术领域的焦点,也造就了多名世界级表演者到新山粉墨登场如:远自日本、高龄83的殿堂级爵士乐传奇人物渡边贞夫(Sadao Watanabe)、意大利大牌美丽人声组合(Mezzotono),知名拉丁打击乐大师史蒂夫·桑顿(Steve Thornton)、活跃于世界巡回演出的新加坡爵士乐坛代表人物-杰若米蒙特罗(Jeremy Monteiro)、幽默风趣、能歌善舞的表演艺术才子梁荣耀(Hossan Leong)等不胜枚举。还有还有,由爱尔兰的驻团指挥麦考利及法国著名大提琴家弗罗伦特奥迪博助阵的大马爱乐团(Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra)共超过70人的大阵仗,也曾在去年6月份到咱们这逐渐绿化的南马边城做客呢!

2015 marked the year where JSPA’s most ambitious project yet – Johor Bahru: International Festival City (JB: IFC) was conceived. Could we have imagined JB welcoming a living legend such as Sadao Watanabe, or playing host for a gathering of award-winning directors and stars from eleven countries to celebrate film? How about the possibility of us being blown away by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in full force, with world-class cellist Florent Audibert sharing the same stage performing pieces never before heard in the city?

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各位看官是不是已开始意识到新山市的蜕变不仅仅局限在硬体设施发展,老百姓的文化素养也渐渐得到滋养及提升?让大人更兴奋的是,即将在这周(7月27至29日)拉开帷幕的第三届新山古典音乐节(JBCMF 2017),更是再度汇聚了多位国际知名的音乐家及国内两大知名乐团参与其盛,在两个不同的表演场地,方便老百姓及古典音乐爱好者一次满足「不出国,也能欣赏世界级演出」的欲望。「快通报哪儿可以买票?」看官们稍安勿躁,且听大人为各位娓娓道来!

Imagine no more, for JB is now getting ready for another jam-packed programme, with performances by Malaysia’s brightest musical talents from the Philharmonic Winds of Malaysia (PWM) and the The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Wind Ensemble, along with international renowned and distinguished performers from France, Spain, Japan and Thailand happening this week from 27-29 July. As we can see, JB: IFC is not just about bringing the world to Johor Bahru – it is also about bringing Johor Bahru to the world. The city is participating, and we are ready – how about you?

如邂逅般曼妙的音乐旅程
Coming a long way, since 2015

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新山首届2015古典音乐节Sutera四重奏拉开帷幕,为大会讲解并演奏了多首耳熟能详的世界名曲。第二天的节目继续为音乐爱好者带来福音,首先由极具才华的新山宽柔中学弦乐团掀开序幕,再由新加坡知名四重奏 T’ang Quartet 为大家演绎多首世纪名曲,让大家听出耳油。一连三天的古典音乐飨宴,终于在国家交响乐团的落力演出及著名女高音叶洁芝天籁般的歌声中落下帷幕,为新山首届古典音乐节划下最美丽的休止符。

2015 saw the inaugural JB Classical Music Festival held at Berjaya Waterfront Hotel from 1-3 May, with interactive workshops and performances by some of the region’s best classical musicians and educators. Johor Bahru’s first ever festival debut on the right note, led by our homegrown The Sutera Ensemble featuring Loo Bang Hian on piano, Angel Lee on violin, Andrew Filmer on viola and Jonathan Oh on Cello with a one-of-a-kind Lecture Concert that brought the house down. The music voyage continues with Day 2 of the JB Classical Music Festival, led by JB’s very own Foon Yew High School’s Strings Orchestra, and anchored by Singapore’s best known T’ang Quartet blowing our minds away. The icing on the cake? The presence of our Royal Patron – Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Tun Aminah! The 3-day music fiesta ended on a high note, with the National Symphony Orchestra, led by award-winning conductor Mustafa Fuzer Nawi, and featuring homegrown Soprano Cecilia Yap left us (and the audience) in awe with her sheer power nearly bringing the roof down. What can we way but salute to the JB Arts Festival team for a very successful event on their very first attempt!

 

2016:漫游古典、畅享天籁
Bach for more Classical Music

Johor Bahru Classical Music Festival 2016

#Throwbackthursday to the JB Classical Music Festival 2016 – and believe it or not, this year we’re back with an even more exciting line-up that will blow your socks off! Head on to Johor Bahru Classical Music Festival 2017 for the latest updates.

#jbcmf2017 #jbifc #livethearts

Posted by Johor Bahru: International Festival City – JBIFC on Thursday, June 29, 2017

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睽违一年后,第2新山古典音乐节的首秀在富力公主湾以独特的户外花园演奏会形式拉开序幕;由本地音乐才子拿督吴加明博士教授及来自英国的 Charivari Agréable 乐团联合呈现多首巴洛克时期的精彩曲目,向威廉·莎士比亚这位文学巨匠逝世400周年之际致敬。大会也荣幸邀请到柔佛州苏丹后及公主出席,为此次开场演出生色不少!

知名本地四重奏 The Sutera Ensemble,也是在2015年为首届音乐会打头阵的本地中提琴家安德鲁菲梅尔、钢琴家卢邦贤、小提琴家李安捷及大提琴家胡万兴再次合体,携手呈献另类的“快照”演绎方式,以小提琴二重奏、三重奏到配合钢琴四重奏,重现多首18世纪末古典及19世纪浪漫主义时期的精彩曲目。第三晚的演出,可说是喜欢古典吉他,手风琴和萨克斯风的福音。来自西班牙18岁的天才吉他演奏家 Sara Guerrero 和奥地利知名萨克斯风及手风琴二重奏 Duo Aliada 在当晚的演出震惊全场,无不让大人听出耳油,也不禁陶醉在19世纪末当代欧洲的风华面貌,至今仍意犹未尽!

万众瞩目的大马爱乐团,终于在柔佛州公主等贵宾莅临及观众热烈的掌声下正式登场。大人期待已久,终于可以近距离一睹这个享誉国际乐团的精彩表演,也盼到法国著名大提琴家 Florent Audibert 独奏亮相。只见大提琴家柔指飞弦,浅吟低回,声声琴语行云流水般滋润我们的心灵。难怪表演结束后,全场起立报以如雷的掌声;即使表演到此终于落下完美的帷幕,但场内及场外的激动仍久久不能散去。大人不禁在想,下次何年何日再有机会在新山老家漫游古典、畅享天籁呢?

2016 saw the JB Classical Music Festival returned for the second time, and boy the line up was certainly most impressive! Set in a unique garden concert setting at R&F Princess Cove, the opening night took us, including the guest-of-honour – DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah (Permaisuri Johor) and YAM Tunku Tun Aminah (Puteri Johor), through a musical narrative journey commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death William Shakespeare, led by Dato Dr. Ng Kah Ming on Harpsichord, accompanied by singer reader Isobel Collyer and Layil Barr on Recorder & Viol, with songs & instrumental pieces from the Golden Age of England & Spain.

The Sutera Ensemble was up next at the all-new 250-seater auditorium at Afiniti Medini. From a duo to trios and finally to quartets, the “famous four” fully illustrates through words and melodies, the varied intricacies of “camera”, or Italian for chamber music, which incidentally also fully provided a meaningful musical snapshots, taking us through 1750 – 1900 from the Classical to late Romantic period. The near 3-hour modern classical extravaganza on Day 3 was simply magical and spellbinding, a musical voyage kicked off by multiple award-winning D’Addario Artist Sara Guerrero on guitar from Spain, followed by another “breathless” display of virtuosity and intensity at the highest level by HFP Artist of the Year Duo Aliada, featuring saxophonist Michał Knot and accordionist Bogdan Laketic from Austria.

The stage was finally set for a grand finale, with YAM Tunku Tun Aminah (Puteri Johor) – Royal Patron for the Arts gracing the occasion, joining a full house capacity crowd of over 700 appreciative locals and visitors at Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios in witnessing this live musical spectacle. The celebrated and long-awaited return of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra “Live in JB”, with world-class cellist Florent Audibert sharing the centre stage performing pieces never before heard in the city, culminating in a debut performance also becoming a fitting finale to 5 days of classical music extravaganza.

2017:音弦际会,同行同乐
The best is still to come in 2017…

幼时与古典音乐的初体验,求学时的插肩而过,早前公务上的需要,到近期与新山艺术节的邂逅,不禁让大人深感这段音乐旅程既迂回又奥妙。自过去两年出席了两届音乐会,才重新得到启发并打破对古典音乐的刻板印象,也意识到距离我们看似十分遥远的古典音乐,其实一直在我们的周遭感染著我们。大人感叹自小的音乐之路少了像 JB:IFC 这样的非营利组织坚守信念,不断推成出新,透过更全面的活动编排将古典音乐的大门向更多的年轻听众敞开,实在好生羡慕新山年轻一代的家长和学生,昔日人称文化沙漠的土地上开始冒了新芽茁壮成长,期待各方的努力,有朝一日能让新山的老百姓走入古典音乐世界,也让古典音乐直达普通老百姓心中。

While we are no accomplished musician, nor can we tell Mozart and Beethoven apart, we can safely say one thing for sure – classical music isn’t as ‘atas’ as we might think, but actually has followed us our entire lives! Don’t take our words, JOM JBCMF 2017 to rediscover classical music from a different angle through interactive performances and workshops. Hopefully with all our participation, the day will come when the people of Johor Bahru should be able to tell everybody that our city is no longer a ‘cultural desert’ but is fast becoming an oasis of the arts. The people of Johor Bahru deserve to live in one of the most bustling and happening cities in the region, so everyone’s invited.

Thanks Suzie and Yap, and everyone involved at JB:IFC.

享誉国际的泰国暹罗爱乐管弦乐团
Siam Sinfonietta

7月29日(星期六)

Siam Sinfonietta (Thailand)

Siam Sinfonietta is a world-class award-winning Thai orchestra founded in 2010 by Thai/American composer Somtow Sucharitkul, Thai conductor Trisdee na Patalung, and the Bangkok Opera Foundation. It was created in order to provide intensive training for young Thai musicians intending to have a serious career in classical music.

In 2012, the orchestra won first place at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in the symphony orchestra category. The next year, the orchestra toured California and performed at the Young Euro Fest in Berlin, Germany; this was followed in 2014 by performances at Carnegie Hall and another trip to Berlin, Prague, and Abu Dhabi under the auspices of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In August 2015 the orchestra performed at the Festival, Junger Künstler in Bayreuth and at the Thai Festival in Bad Homburg, Germany.

The orchestra holds annual auditions and has an entry age of 12, with the cutoff for membership set at 25. A number of its members are also members of full-fledged professional orchestras such as the Siam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.

Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios – Film Studio 4

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Headlining the concert programme this year is Thailand’s acclaimed symphony orchestra, Siam Sinfonietta with A Thai Odyssey on the final night of the festival. Conducted by co-founder and Thai-American composer Somtow Sucharitkul, the celebrated orchestra presents an explosive programme which includes love songs from the late Thai King Rama IX, Bela Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin. The concert will bring the festival to an exciting close with conductor Somtow’s own composition – the Suriyothai Suite.

A THAI ODYSSEY

Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Overture) (9 min)
Love Songs by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (25 min)

Intermission (15 min)

Sucharitkul Suite from the Ballet – Opera Suriyothai (25 min)
Bartok The Miraculous Mandarin (20 min)

马来西亚爱乐管乐团
Philharmonic Winds of Malaysia

7月29日(星期六)

Philharmonic Winds of Malaysia
Philharmonic Winds of Malaysia | Eric Lee, Conductor | Bastien Baumet, Euphonium

Philharmonic Winds of Malaysia (PWM) is a non-profit organisation, founded by a group of passionate musicians. The wind orchestra is made up of professional musicians and tertiary-level music students, and aims to promote wind and band music, while enhancing the art of wind playing amongst the community. The organisation hopes to also be a medium in creating more performance opportunities to encourage greater involvement for wind, brass and percussion players.

Philharmonic Winds of Malaysia made its debut on August 26th, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur. Formerly known as Symphonic Winds of the National Symphony Orchestra (SWONSO), the orchestra was invited to perform at the 23rd Chiayi City International Band Festival (2014) under the baton of Mr. Eric Lee. Serving as the artistic director of PWM as well as president of the National Band Directors Association of Malaysia (NBDAM), Eric continues to fuel the band towards becoming a formidable Malaysian ensemble of international standard.

Bastien Baumet, Euphonium (France)

Born in 1988, Bastien Baumet began playing the euphonium at the Nîmes Music School (in Patrick Maurin’s class) and continued his musical education at the Villeurbanne Conservatory (in Christian Delange’s class). In 2006, when he was 17, he was admitted into the famous National Conservatory of Music (CNSM) of Paris, where he won first prize in 2009.

Since 2006, he has often been involved in various orchestras in France, having played in famous concert halls all over the world and worked with world-famous conductors. Bastien has been a member of the National French Police Orchestra since 2008. He is also the principal euphonium player of the Paris Brass Band (Winner of French National Championship 2012, 2013, 2014) and a member of the Prestige Brass Quartet (CD « Divertimento »).

In 2006, he won a European contest for young soloists in Luxemburg. Two years later, Bastien won first prize during the international championship in Jeju (South Korea), one of the most famous euphonium-based events. In July 2012 he won first prize at the Amboise Open for Brass bands and became a teacher in Paris’ 13th district Conservatory.

Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios – Film Studio 4

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Philharmonic Winds of Malaysia takes us on an escapade in realising the human condition through love and heartache. From the youthful strides of Márquez Danzón to the ‘symphonic dances’ of two gangs in New York from Bernstein’s critically-acclaimed West Side Story, the ensemble will be performing alongside renowned Euphonium talent Bastian Baumet in an eclectically charming programme.

JOURNEY TO THE WEST SIDE

Dvorak Carnival Overture, Op. 92 (arr. Herbert L Clarke) (10 min)
Márquez Danzón No. 2 (arr. Oliver Nickel) (10 min)
Sparke Harlequin with guest soloist Bastien Baumet (10 min)
Puccini Nessun Dorma with guest soloist Bastien Baumet (3 min)

Intermission (15 min)

Lauridsen Contre Qui Rose (transcr. Robert Reynolds) (3 min)
Lyte Abide With Me (arr. Bastien Baumet) with guest soloist Bastien Baumet (5 min)
Bellstedt Napoli Variation with guest soloist Bastien Baumet (8 min)
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (arr. Paul Lavender) (22 min)

马来西亚文化宫国家交响乐团管乐重奏
The National Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble

7月28日(星期五)

The National Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble
with Misa Yamamoto (Piano) & Julian Chan (Saxophone)

The National Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble (Malaysia)

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Wind Ensemble began as a Wind Octet back in 1986, formed by the wind players of the then Orkestra Simfoni Muda (OSM) – a training orchestra precursor to the present NSO. When the NSO was formally launched in 1993, the ensemble took an active role in introducing the orchestra to the public and was also featured prominently in a few of the NSO’s main concerts. It was also involved in some of the NSO’s outreach programs.

In recent years, the ensemble has been actively involved in collaborating with schools to give concerts and masterclasses, and also regularly perform public recitals.

Julian Chan, Saxophone (Malaysia)

Julian Chan is a saxophonist/flutist based in Kuala Lumpur. He graduated with a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College in New York City, where he studied with jazz greats Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman, Howard Brofsky and David Berkman. Julian has been actively performing, since 2001, in Malaysia and other parts of the Asian region. He has performed and toured with various Malaysian jazz luminaries, Chinese international pop artistes, as well as Malaysian pop artistes. He is currently an active member of one of Malaysia’s sought after jazz band, WVC-Malaysian Jazz Ensemble, as well as his own New Quartet.

Misa Yamamoto, Piano (Japan)

Japanese pianist Misa Yamamoto grew up in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Honours) from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Misa was a full scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music from 2003-2005, furthering her performance training in solo and chamber music under distinguished pianists and pedagogues.

Relocating to Kuala Lumpur in 2010, Misa has continued to perform both locally and abroad. She is a passionate educator and has served on the panel of judges for the Macau Piano Competition, the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation (MYOF) Festival and the Kota Kinabalu Music Festival. Misa is also an examiner for the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Limited (ANZCA) music examinations.

Level 6, Ballroom 宴会厅

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The National Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble teams up with Misa Yamamoto and Julian Chan to explore one of the most popular jazz composers of all time, George Gershwin. In addition to Gershwin classics, things are spiced up with the fun and witty Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud and a beautiful French classic, Le Temps des Cerises (The Time of Cherries).

JAZZ UP – RHAPSODY IN BLUE

Gershwin Selections from Porgy & Bess for Wind Quintet (17 min)
Overture, Catfish Row
Summertime
A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
My Man’s Gone Now
I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’
It Ain’t Necessarily So
I Loves You Porgy
There’s a Boat Dat’s Leabin’ Soon For NY
Oh Lawd, I’m On My Way

Milhaud Scaramouche for Wind Quintet and Saxophone (10 min)
I. Vif
II. Modéré
III. Brazileira

Intermission (15 min)

Renard Le Temps Des Cerises (The Time of Cherries) for Wind Quintet (5 min)
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue for Wind Quintet and Piano (20 min)

西法日钢琴与弦乐三重奏
Sans Frontières

7月27日(星期四)

Sans Frontières (France, Spain & Japan)
Mireia Frutos Fernandez (Piano), Sayaka Ohira (Violin), Benjamin Fabre (Viola) & Ivan Torres (Cello)

Mireia Frutos Fernandez, Piano (Spain)

Born in Madrid, Mireia Frutos studied Masters of Music at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. She has been awarded First Prize in the Musical Youth of Spain Competition, the “Marisa Montiel” piano competition, the “Hazen” Competition, and the “Acordes Caja Madrid” Competition for orchestras.

Mireia has performed in Spain, Malaysia, Australia, USA, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Hungary, and Israel. Currently, she is involved in several projects with a variety of chamber music alliances, like cello and piano, 4 hands piano, and a flamenco ensemble.

Sayaka Ohira, Violin (Japan)

Sayaka Ohira was born in Tokyo and started the violin at the age of two using the celebrated Suzuki method. Later she was trained at the Paris CNSM, where she won her first violin prize and carried out a specialisation in string quartet formation (chamber music), with which she won an Honneur prize in the Flame competition.

She passionately teaches the violin in France and in Austria and is co-founding member of the Goldoni Quartet. Among others, Sayaka is regularly invited to play for the Paris Opera orchestra.

Benjamin Fabre, Violin/Viola (France)

After completing his courses at the CNR of Montpellier, Benjamin Fabre was trained at the Paris CNSM under the guidance of S. Gazeau (violin), J. Sulem (viola), and A. Meunier (chamber music). He is a named laureate of the France Foundation, the Drouet Bourgeois Foundation, the Meyer Foundation, and the Feydeau Foundation of Brou Saint Paul.

Benjamin is regularly invited to play with the Paris Opera Orchestra among others, and has participated in a number of prestigious festivals. Alongside a pronounced passion for chamber music, Benjamin is now undertaking a bowmaking apprenticeship with the renowned Nehr brothers.

Ivan Torres, Cello (Spain)

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Ivan Torres is currently a very active freelance musician and cello teacher based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He graduated and obtained his PGDip in Solo Performance with distinction at Royal College of Music, London with Leonid Gorokhov, supported by the Kit & Lambert scholarship. Ivan has won several awards such as the Pablo Casals Bursary, Anna Shuttleworth Competition for Solo Cello, Spanish Ministry of Education Trust, and AiE.

In addition to solo recitals in Spain, England, France, Italy and Germany, Ivan has performed at Prussia Cove IMS(UK) and at Weikersheim (Germany) Chamber Music Seminars. He has taught cellists of all ages and abilities and especially enjoys sharing his love for the cello with the younger generation.

Level 6, Ballroom 宴会厅

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The Festival opens with a multi-cultural collaboration of top-notch musicians from Spain, France and Japan. The title itself – Sans Frontières, paints the transcendental nature of music into the picture of collaboration across cultures, time and borders. Featuring violinist Sayaka Ohira (Japan), Benjamin Fabre (France) on viola, pianist Mireia Frutos Fernandez (Spain), and cellist Ivan Torres (Spain), what will be the fruit of this diverse cross-border collaboration? Only one way to find out!

SANS FRONTIERES

Kako Waltz in the Evening Glow (3 min)
Chausson Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 30 (Simple et sans hate) (7 min)
Kako Is Paris Burning (4 min)
Turina Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 67 (17 min)

Intermission (15 min)

Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1, in C minor, Op. 15 (29 min)

音乐大师课程、讲座会及特约活动
Masterclasses, Workshops & Special Events

7月27-28日(星期五至六)

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) in Interview
with Ryan Lewis, Malaysia National Consultant, interviewed by Dr. Andrew Filmer

In a two-part session on music education, we hear from representatives of two external examination boards: the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and Trinity College London. We look at their roles in Malaysia’s music community beyond providing certification, take a closer peek at why exams are the way they are, and converse about the future of music making for Malaysia’s young people.

With two sets of different interview questions, Andrew Filmer speaks with U-Jin Lim and Ryan Lewis on topics ranging from the role of parents to the selection of examination pieces.

Trinity College London in Interview
with U-Jin Lim, Regional Academic Consultant, interviewed by Dr. Andrew Filmer

In a two-part session on music education, we hear from representatives of two external examination boards: the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and Trinity College London. We look at their roles in Malaysia’s music community beyond providing certification, take a closer peek at why exams are the way they are, and converse about the future of music making for Malaysia’s young people.

With two sets of different interview questions, Andrew Filmer speaks with U-Jin Lim and Ryan Lewis on topics ranging from the role of parents to the selection of examination pieces.

Level 6, Ballroom 宴会厅

RM 20 
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The Piano Accompanist: Partner in Success or Failure
with Robin Lee (Piano) and Dylan Lee (Cello)

The pianist. The unsung hero – or villain – behind almost every recital or music exam. Called the accompanist by many, this is a term that understates the very equal role that the piano plays – and today the proper term would be that of the collaborative pianist.

In sonatas, the piano often has both melody and harmony, weaving in and out of an also-misnamed “solo”instrument or voice. For adaptions of larger works like concertos, a good pianist can capture the feel of an orchestra with just two hands, while an unfortunate one can make the experience rather awkward.

What are the special skills involved? How do two musicians collaborate? Pianist Robin Lee and cellist Dylan Lee explore this, with live examples of successful collaborations, as well as problems often encountered by those new to the magical art of chamber music.

Level 6, Ballroom 宴会厅

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Violin Anatomy 101: Understanding String Instruments from the Inside Out
by luthier, Tan Chin Seng

Plates, bouts, purfling, bass bars – all of these and more form the complex language of the violin maker, in creating an instrument with well over fifty individual parts. And yet on a fundamental level it’s simply the fine-tuned craft of shaping wood: depth, shape, density, all coming together to bring us the beautiful tones that have charmed composers, performers and audiences through the centuries.

The craft that makes the art is often hidden from view, but with this session we get a first-hand look at how a stringed instrument comes into being, being transported into the workshop of Malaysian violin maker Tan Chin Seng, whose instruments are now in increasingly high demand.

Level 6, Ideas Room 会议厅

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Violin / Viola Masterclasses
with Benjamin Fabre & Sayaka Ohira

4 chosen aspiring violinists (and 6 observers) would be able to have a chance to have a one-on-one Violin Masterclass with top-class musicians, Benjamin Fabre and Sayaka Ohira. Participants will be able to learn from the best and exchange views, techniques and advice to further advance their musical careers. This will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

Level 6, Ideas Room 会议厅

RM100 (participant), RM20 (observer)
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The Empire Strikes a Chord: The Music of Star Wars through the Lens of Classical Music
by Dr. Andrew Filmer

A light saber appears. A planet explodes. Love blossoms – love dies. Heroes and villains clash in a galaxy far, far away. And behind all this is music: music that enhances what is, or music that foreshadows what is to be. The composer’s craft is that art of communication, whether it’s music that speaks to us directly, or music that affects us on some subconscious level.

The iconic music of Star Wars draws on music from our own history – and musicologist Dr Andrew Filmer takes us a journey through both sound and stars, exploring the why and how of the music of the Star Wars saga.

Level 6, Ballroom 宴会厅

RM20
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