Singapore Symphony Orchestra

“A world-class ensemble that plays its heart out at every concert and where each individual musician is a hand-picked virtuoso." (American Record Guide)

Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172

Overview

Gaining recognition around the world, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra performs over 50 symphonic programmes a year. Its versatile repertoire spans from standard repertoire to cutting-edge premieres. In support of Singaporean talent, local musicians and composers feature prominently in the concert season.

Since its inception in 1979, the SSO has toured extensively to America, China and Europe. Its six-city tour of London and Germany in 2010, which included a sold-out performance at the Berlin Philharmonie, garnered rave reviews, including from The Times and Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Since Lan Shui assumed the position of Music

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Gaining recognition around the world, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra performs over 50 symphonic programmes a year. Its versatile repertoire spans from standard repertoire to cutting-edge premieres. In support of Singaporean talent, local musicians and composers feature prominently in the concert season.

Since its inception in 1979, the SSO has toured extensively to America, China and Europe. Its six-city tour of London and Germany in 2010, which included a sold-out performance at the Berlin Philharmonie, garnered rave reviews, including from The Times and Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Since Lan Shui assumed the position of Music Director in 1997, he has raised the orchestra’s profile and level of excellence. In September 2014, he led the orchestra in their debut at the BBC Proms.

The SSO, led by Lan Shui, aims to enrich the local cultural scene in Singapore, serving as a bridge between the musical traditions of Asia and the West, and providing artistic inspiration, entertainment and education.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra has released a number of recordings on the BIS label which have earned international acclaim, including the first-ever complete cycle of Tcherepnin's symphonies and piano concertos. The SSO has also recorded the music of Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Bright Sheng and Richard Yardumian, collaborating with artists including Evelyn Glennie, Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Noriko Ogawa, Christian Lindberg and Martin Fröst.

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Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172

Reviews

"The playing here is excellent… With Sudbin asserting his interpretative personality here, the orchestra and conductor are inspired to match a thrilling performance that stands alongside the greatest." (Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph, July 2013)

"Listen to [Yevgeny Sudbin’s] persuasive way with the Piano Concert No 1, featured on BIS’s latest Rachmaninov disc with the excellent Singapore Symphony Orchestra and conductor Lan Shui… The orchestra comes into its own in another early Rachmaninov work, the Symphony No.1, dazzling in its force and promise, projected here with gorgeous colours and the sort of beseeching woodwind playing that can make a listener go weak at the knees." (Geoff Brown, The Times,

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"The playing here is excellent… With Sudbin asserting his interpretative personality here, the orchestra and conductor are inspired to match a thrilling performance that stands alongside the greatest." (Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph, July 2013)

"Listen to [Yevgeny Sudbin’s] persuasive way with the Piano Concert No 1, featured on BIS’s latest Rachmaninov disc with the excellent Singapore Symphony Orchestra and conductor Lan Shui… The orchestra comes into its own in another early Rachmaninov work, the Symphony No.1, dazzling in its force and promise, projected here with gorgeous colours and the sort of beseeching woodwind playing that can make a listener go weak at the knees." (Geoff Brown, The Times, June 2013)

“The Singapore Symphony accompanies perfectly, adding considerably to the colour and atmosphere of the work.” (BBC Music Magazine, May 2012)

“Lan Shui and his Singaporean players play their hearts out, and bring an apt autumnal glow to the lovely second movement in BIS’s ideal acoustic.” (Gramophone, May 2012)

“A top-flight, richly enjoyable performance.” (The Telegraph, April 2012)

“There is much delightful playing to tickle the ear and this is as fine a version as one could wish to hear of this evergreen showpiece…the Paganini Rhapsody, with the Singapore orchestra responding so vividly to Sudbin’s dynamic artistry, leaves a memorable impression.” (International Record Review, April 2012)

“The Singapore Symphony once again shows the world that it deserves to be ranked with the best…In the opening Adagio, conductor Lan Shui emphasizes the music’s inherent lyricism rather than its passionate intensity, drawing forth seamless arcs of sound and tonal beauty from his superb string section.”(Fanfare, March/April 2011)

“Shui’s ability to sense out the innermost energies of a work, communicate them compellingly and draw them out of his players was revealed in a dark and urgent performance of Rachmaninov’s The Isle of the Dead… On the crest of the wave, and into Debussy’s La Mer, played with exuberant flair ... Come back soon.” (Hilary Finch, The Times, October 2010)

“Singapore has learnt how to make us feel that we’re listening to a European masterpiece for the first time.” (The Spectator, October 2010)