Last evening's Singapore Symphony Orchestra President's Young Performers Concert marked the final concert graced by the Singapore President S.R.Nathan before the coming Presidential Election. Although this series was started by his predecessor Mr Ong Teng Cheong, President Nathan has over the years been an ardent supporter of young Singaporean musicans. He and Mrs Nathan never missed a concert and always stayed till the very end to meet the young talents. His encouragement of the Orchestra of the Music Makers has also been a heartwarming one.
President Nathan has presided over 11 editions of this event, which has showcased a generation of young Singaporean musical talent. The performers over the years and the works they performed are as follows:
GRACE LEE (Violin) - Glazunov Violin Concerto
LIM YAN (Piano) - Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
KEEGAN NG (Piano) - Mozart Piano Concerto No.21
LIM CHUN (Viola) - Walton Viola Concerto
ABIGAIL SIN (Piano) - Mozart Piano Concerto No.13
CHAN YOONG HAN (Violin) - Lalo Symphonie Espagnole
SEAH HUAN YUH (Violin) - John Adams Violin Concerto (Singapore premiere)
KIM FORSTER (Piano) - Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.2
The latter is a Swiss pianist whose mother is Singaporean.
AMANDA LOW (Violin) - Lalo Symphonie Espagnole
DARRELL ANG (Conductor) - Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Overture
PAN YI AN (Piano) - Mozart Piano Concerto No.17
JONATHAN LIM (Piano) - Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2
JIN YUJIA (Piano) - Grieg Piano Concerto
LEE SHI MEI (Violin) - Korngold Violin Concerto
ALBERT LIN (Piano) - Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Concerto
MERVYN LEE (Piano) - Haydn Piano Concerto in D major
JONATHAN SHIN (Piano) - Franck Variations Symphoniques
LOH JUN HONG (Violin) - Wieniawski Faust Fantasy
AZARIAH TAN (Piano) - Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
JOSHUA KANGMING TAN (Conductor) - Barber Second Essay, Sibelius Karelia Suite & Gershwin An American in Paris
One question remains: Only pianists, violinists and a single violist have been featured in this series. Why aren't there any singers, cellists, woodwind or brass players among this roster of Singapore musical talents?