Chinese Orchestra Music
About the Musicians
Tan Yong Yaw
Born in Malacca, Malaysia, 33-year-old yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) teacher and performer Tan Yong Yaw began learning yangqin when he was 14. In 2007, Tan moved to Singapore to pursue his studies at the Singapore Raffles Music College, where he excelled academically in yangqin studies. Subsequently, Tan moved to Beijing, China, to enroll in the China Conservatory of Music, where he obtained a Master’s degree, majoring in yangqin and another Master’s degree in performing arts. Tan has performed in many countries including Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, England, Cambodia, Australia, Slovakia, and Mexico. He currently teaches yangqin to secondary school children in Malaysia and is dedicated to promoting music education in his home country.
Raymond Choo Boon Yew
Raymond Choo Boon Yew is a ruan (Chinese plucked string instrument) musician and tutor from Johor, Malaysia. After graduating from the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in September 2006, the award-winning ruan player has performed in many countries, including China, Singapore, and Malaysia. In 2011, he formed the Ruan Chamber Orchestra and toured around Malaysia with musicians Ong May Yi, Lam Zi Peng and Neil Chua. He held his first public solo concert in Macau in July 2016. Today, Choo plays for the Macao Chinese Orchestra and teaches ruan at the University of Macau Chinese Orchestra.
Chow Jun Yi
Chow Jun Yi is an award-winning music composer, leading in making traditional Asian music a musical language of the world. His works weave elements from folk songs to contemporary classical styles, draw inspirations from the past to the present to create a sensational experience for the listeners to embrace the rich and well-blended flavours. The Financial Times commented on his music “skilful contrasts in both volume and texture.”