Singapore’s music scene has seen a growth in the last 15 years that signals strong commitment to the classical genre in terms of the training avenues and performance venues available, as well as the number of groups formed. The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is the country’s first full-time music school, with courses leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Private institutions such as the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the School Of The Arts also offer music programmes.
And Singapore’s young classically trained musicians are pushing traditional boundaries, displaying solid post-genre sensibilities in their work and exhibiting keen collaborative spirit. Here are four of our favourite rising local stars.