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S’pore conductor Wong Kah Chun to usher in new 12 months with German orchestra

S’pore conductor Wong Kah Chun to usher in new 12 months with German orchestra

SINGAPORE – On New Yr’s Eve, Singaporean conductor Wong Kah Chun will take the stage with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany to steer it in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Viewers in Singapore can watch the live performance, Ode To Pleasure – A Musical Present From Germany, in a dwell stream on The Straits Instances’ (ST) social media channels.

The 35-year-old, identified internationally as Kahchun Wong, is in Tokyo and can return to Germany to arrange with the orchestra for the upcoming live performance instantly after Christmas.

The orchestra hosted the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competitors that he gained in 2016, propelling him to renown.

He thinks of the orchestra as his benefactor. “I’m trying ahead to spending a really fulfilling musical week along with them.”

Wong, an up-and-coming star within the Western classical music world, turned the primary Asian chief conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra in 2018.

In December 2019, he turned the primary Singaporean conductor to be conferred the Order of Benefit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

He started his appointment in September this 12 months for an preliminary two-year interval, as the brand new principal visitor conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Minister for Tradition, Group and Youth Edwin Tong stated in a press release that Wong really embodies “the idea of #SGCultureAnywhere”.

“I sit up for the efficiency as Kahchun leads the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in a festivity all the way in which from Germany. With the vaccinated journey lane between Singapore and Germany, we sit up for extra alternatives for artist exchanges within the 12 months forward,” added Mr Tong, who can also be Second Minister for Regulation.

The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra is the state orchestra of the Federal State of Bavaria in Germany.

In its 75-year historical past, it has been to Singapore solely as soon as.

Its president and chief government Marcus Rudolf Axt says: “We’re proud to be returning to this inspiring metropolis state for the primary time since 1986 – even when solely nearly in these troublesome occasions.”

In 2018, Wong and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Singapore conceived an open-air live performance sequence, Beethoven im Garten.

Bodily live shows in 2018 and 2019 attracted greater than 13,000 viewers members.

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