Chief Musician Pan Minquan joins Shanghai Luwan Youth Yue Opera Troupe since 1980 as a cello player. In 1982, he was admitted into Shanghai Opera Institute to master the Erhu. Besides being chief musician in numerous excerpts, he leads the orchestra in more than 10 different opera epics. In 2004, he was the master musician for the “He Wen-xiu” epic performed in Hong Kong and in 2014, he led the orchestra for the International Show by Zhang Yunxia’s followers. His most outstanding work to date is leading the orchestra to perform seven full-length epics in 2016 to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of his troupe.
Chief Percussionist : Wang Liansheng
Wang Liansheng joined Jianghai Pingyuan Yizhihua Choir in 1975. In 1981, he began his career in Yue Opera as the main percussionist. Since 1985, he was conducting Yue Opera performing in Shanghai Great World City. With his rich experience at the helm, Luwan Youth Yue Opera Troupe engaged him to conduct the orchestra for its 30th Anniversary Celebration.
Pipa : Chin Yen Chien
Chin Yen Chien started learning Pipa at the age of 10. In 1992, he participated in the Inaugural Chinese Music Competition and won the 1st Prize for the Intermediate Category. The next year, he took home the 1st Prize “Pipa Intermediate Category” of the National Music Competition organised by National Arts Council. Yen Chien is actively involved in various Chinese Orchestras in Singapore, with more prominent roles as the plucked-strings sectional instructor of People’s Association Youth Chinese Orchestra (PAYCO) and as the chairman of Nanyang Khek Community Guild Chinese Orchestra (2007-2011). In addition to local performances, Yen Chien had represented Singapore in many international arts events, like the World Commonwealth Commemoration Day held in New Delhi in 2004; the Asia-Pacific Harmonica Festival Competition held in Hangzhou on 2008, where he was the Xiaoruan soloist, with Yuhua Secondary School Harmonica Ensemble that clinched the Gold Award; the ASEAN Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC 21) cultural exchange held in Bangkok in 2009; the Inaugural ASEAN Musical Extravaganza held in Kuala Lumpur in 2012; playing Pipa with traditional Indian musicians from the Bhaskars Arts Academy in the International Ramayana Festival held in New Delhi and Patna in 2015; and the SAC International Conference of Folk Performing Arts in ASEAN held in Bangkok, in conjunction with the 5th Cycle Birthday of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2015. Currently the plucked-strings instructor of Bukit Panjang Government High School and Hong Wen School, Yen Chien also honed his conducting skills as the conductor of Serangoon Secondary School since 2010.
Yangqin: Tang Zhi Wen
As an active Yangqin player in the People’s Association Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Singapore Management University Chinese Orchestra, Zhi Wen is currently a senior in Singapore Management University where he is pursuing his bachelors. Zhi Wen started learning the Yangqin at the age of 9 under the tutelage of Ms Chng Lee Na, and has a Grade 9 in Yangqin for the Chinese Instruments Grade Exam under the Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts. As a firm believer of contributing back to society, he is also currently a member of the Purple Symphony, where it is all-inclusive orchestras which consist of members with or without special needs.
Zhong Ruan: Gildon Choo WeiKang
An active Pipa performer, Choo WeiKang is a graduate of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. He was the winner of the National Arts Council Chinese Music Competition Pipa Open Category in 2006. He recently played a main role in improvising and premiering “WOW! Merlion” with Odyssey Dance Theatre which also toured South Korea and extensively in Italy during early 2017. Choo WeiKang is currently a core musician in a multi-ethnical band Kulcha and manager of Syncretic, a traditional Chinese trio. He currently also resides and manages artistic affairs in House of Music.
Erhu : Fong Liyang
Fong Liyang started learning erhu at the age of 9, under Mr Liu Chong Zheng. A keen learner, Liyang obtained diploma certificate in erhu at the age of 15. He then joined Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and furthered his studies in erhu performance under Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s concertmaster, Mr Li Bao Shun. Liyang graduated from NAFA in 2013 with a Diploma in Music Performance. Beside the erhu, Liyang is a versatile musician who is able to play the gaohu, zhonghu, banhu and jinghu. He is currently the concertmaster of the People’s Association Youth Chinese Orchestra.
Erhu : Jazreel Luar Xue Ting
A versatile instrumentalist, Jazreel picked up the erhu, gaohu and banhu in high school and has not stopped pursuing her passion since. During her undergraduate studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS), she was a gaohu and banhu player in the NUS Chinese Orchestra, and undertook the role of Vice President and Concert Committee Chairman. She has also been performing with the NUS Chinese Orchestra and has guest performed for other local chinese orchestras for their annual concerts. Jazreel is passionate about improvising and integrating traditional Chinese music into other genres. She has traversed a variety of music genres, including collaborations with the NUS Jazz Band and Cultural Medallion recipient Mr. Iskandar Ismail, as well as electronic music bands and guitar ensembles. She also plays the erhu for post-rock band Lie of Pi. Jazreel is currently a Senior Associate at KPMG’s Forensic practice.
Zhonghu : Lim Ying, Bena
Bena learned the Erhu when she first joined her primary school Chinese Orchestra at the age of 10. She undertook the role of the vice president as well as student conductor in her high school Chinese Orchestra, which won the Gold with Honours award at the 2007 Singapore Youth Festival. She also obtained a Grade 6 certification at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Chinese Instrumental Examination. Since her graduation from high school, she has been performing with NUS Chinese Orchestra at their annual concerts as well as various performances. Her interest in opera music sparked off from recent engagements with the Singapore Hainan Society. Bena is currently a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at NUS.
Dizi : Jackson Lee
Jackson was most recently a prize winner at 2014 National Chinese Music Competition, Dizi Open Category. In 2010, he was awarded distinction for Diploma in Chinese Instrumental Examination conducted by the National University of Singapore, which followed after he received a distinction in Grade 8 Chinese Instruments Graded Examinations conducted by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. He was posted to the Singapore Armed Forces Music and Drama Company during his National Service. He was resident Dizi player in the Modern Chinese Instrumental Ensemble. In 2011, he was appointed the Overall-In-Charge for Music department. Jackson is currently learning Dizi under tutelage of Professor Zhan Yong Ming, masters’ tutor and department director at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, as well as part-time lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Jackson was also under tutelage of Mr Tony Ang Ting Leong and Mr Lim Eng Sia. Jackson is an Engineer at local firm and still continues to pursue his passion for music as a freelance Musician during his free time.
Cello : Tan Wen-Bin
A cellist and composer, Tan Wen-Bin has a Diploma in Music Composition from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), being, in 2009, the only composition student to take part in the NAFA-Music Essentials Concerto Competition. He was a founding member of the Resonance Quartet and is active as a cellist and arranger for Ding Yi Music Company and The Y! Quartet. He has written over a hundred music arrangements of songs in various genres from classical to pop, jazz and even heavy metal and video game music.
Sheng/Keyboardist : Yuan Peiying
Yuan Peiying began composition studies under A/P Ho Chee Kong and Dr Kawai Shiu at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, concurrently studying piano under Dr Paul Liang. She furthered her music studies in the US on university scholarship under the tutelage of Prof Chen Yi at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (M.Mus 2010), and subsequently with Prof Steven Stucky at Cornell University (M.F.A 2014), where she was concurrently a graduate teaching assistant. Her music has been performed across Asia and North America. Peiying is the recipient of an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, MMTA/KMTA Commissioned Composer Award, SCI/ASCAP Student Competition Commission Award, and IAWM Libby Larsen Prize, amongst other honours.