Brothers at the VCH

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30-year-old twin cellists Ng Pei-Sian and Ng Pei-Jee will team up for the Double Cello Concerto by Finnish composer Kalevi Aho at the Victoria Concert Hall on January 16. Taking the spotlight in the A Sheltered Corner for horn and orchestra by American composer Michael Hersch is his brother Jamie Hersch.

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This concert led by Music Director Lan Shui will open with Singaporean composer Chen Zhangyi’s Rain Tree, which was premiered by the Tokyo Philharmonic in 2011. The prolific 30-year-old composer was recently honoured with the Singapore’s 2014 Young Artist Award.

The Ng brothers were born in Sydney, Australia. The Principal Cellist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Ng Pei-Sian was Commonwealth Musician of the Year in 2007, and winner of the Gold Medal and First Prize at the 55th Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in London. In 2014 he performed Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Variations with the Orchestra of Music Makers and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Cellist Ng Pei-Jee was winner of the 2001 Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year, and the 2008 Young Concert Artists Trust auditions in London. As a soloist he has toured with the Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony orchestras, along with appearances with the West Australian and Tasmanian orchestras. A committed chamber musician, Pei-Jee is cellist of the international award-winning Fournier Trio where they continue their work as Artist-in-Residence at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

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Currently Associate Principal Horn with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Jamie Hersch has been playing professionally since his junior year in high school, where he performed regularly and recorded with the National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich. As soloist Hersch has appeared with the Boston Pops, the Gerge Enescu Philharmonic, the Romanian State Radio Orchestra, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and the Network for New Music. In 2009 Jamie Hersch, along with cellist Daniel Gaisford, premiered the huge two-and-a-half hour work for horn and cello, “Last Autumn” by Michael Hersch. The performance was listed as the No. 1 Classical Event of the Year by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Date & time

16 January 2015 (Friday), 7.30pm

Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm, VCH Music Studio @ Level 3

Venue

Victoria Concert Hall

Performers

Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Lan Shui, conductor

Ng Pei-Sian, cello

Ng Pei-Jee, cello

Jamie Hersch, horn

Programme

CHEN ZHANGYI                     Rain Tree (12’)

MICHAEL HERSCH                A Sheltered Corner for horn and orchestra (30’)

THOMAS ADÈS                      Dances from Powder Her Face (11’)

KALEVI AHO                           Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra (20’)

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