Saturday, 17 December 2016


On Friday evening (16 December 2016) at the School of the Arts Concert Hall, Singaporean pianist Song Ziliang gave an unusual piano recital as part of the Young Virtuoso Recital Series organised by MW Events Management. It was a classical piano recital which also included performances of popular music, encompassing Japanese anime, Korean drama, Chinese oldies and Singaporean Xinyao. The World Premiere of Singaporean Malay composer Syafiqah Adha Sallehin's Mahligai, a work that melded Malay and Western idioms, was also performed.

Song Ziliang studied music at the Moscow Conservatory and later at London's Royal College of Music, where Mikhail Petukhov and Gordon Fergus-Thompson were his principal teachers respectively. He is presently a teacher at Zhonghua Secondary School, where General Music and Marketing are his main subjects.

His classical programme included the Bach-Busoni Chaconne, Schumann's Fantasy in C Op.17 and Scriabin's Sonata No.5. In between were the popular offerings, some of which were requests from his Facebook friends and followers, which he played off an iPad.

Ziliang is an adept and personable speaker and fully engaged his audience with an assortment of anecdotes, and was unafraid to use a little Singlish as well. His listeners clearly warmed up to his efforts and were totally appreciative in their response. As to his concert attire, he deliberately dressed down (denim jeans included) as he did not want to make concerts a stuffy experience.

Ziliang with local composer
Syafiqah Adha Sallehin.
With cellist Loke Hoe Kit,
whose Young Virtuoso Recital takes place on
1 July 2017, at Victoria Concert Hall.
Loke Hoe Kit and pianist Heegan Lee
plugging their forthcoming concerts,
organised by MW Events Management.

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