Kris Foundation presents Duo Senses: Harp and Piano.
Friday, 29th November 2019 (Harp) & Saturday, 30th November 2019 (Piano)
Esplanade Recital Studio, Singapore | 7:30pm
Tickets from SISTIC: https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/duo1119
On 29th November, harpist Laura Peh takes us on a magical journey through Europe with her enchanting harp. She will also premiere a new commission by Singaporean composer Lim Kang Ning (b. 1994). On 30th November, accomplished pianist Dr Azariah Tan will enthrall guests with J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the first public performance in Singapore’s recent years.
29th November (Laura Peh) | Programme
Marcel Tournier: Au matin
Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata K.113 and K.27
Elias Parish-Alvars: Introduction, Cadenza and Rondo
Gabriel Pierne: Impromptu-Caprice
Marcel Tournier: Sonatine
Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune
Felix Godefroid: La Danse des Sylphes
Lim Kang Ning (b. 1994): Cornish Tides * World Premiere
30th November (Dr Azariah Tan) | Programme:
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
L.V. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
Laura Peh, harp
Hailed for her sensitive musicianship, Laura Peh is a laureate of international harp competitions in Italy, Wales, England, Thailand and Malaysia, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at prominent venues across Asia and Europe including the Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, Chateau du Val-Richer, Jean-Jacques Henner National Museum (France); Buckingham Palace, Handel House Museum, Foundling Museum, Wotton House (England); Esplanade Recital Studio, Victoria Concert Hall, The Arts House, Eden Hall, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (Singapore); Jakarta, Indonesia and Hong Kong. In 2013, Laura was the first Singaporean to present a solo harp recital in Singapore.
A firm believer in multidisciplinary collaborations, Laura created Secrets of the Magical Aviary in 2015, in commemoration of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee (SG50). Supported by the National Arts Council, Secrets of the Magical Aviary brought together six of Singapore’s top young talents in classical music, film, choreography and dance, and presented two new works by choreographer Renee Daphne Leong and filmmaker Min-Wei Lee.
A keen harp historian, Laura has researched and performed on the medieval harp, Italian triple harp and Welsh triple harp. She has presented talks on harps, harpists and harp music in Hong Kong, Singapore, England, and at the 32nd Annual Historical Harp Society Conference in Oakland, California.
Laura was admitted to the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, France at the age of 14, where she studied with eminent French harpist Isabelle Perrin. She furthered her studies at the Royal College of Music, London, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in 2015. Following her music education, Laura studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and and gained a Masters (M.A.) in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London.
Based between Hong Kong and Singapore, Laura continues to conduct masterclasses and perform solo and chamber concerts in the region. Laura is committed to the development of the next generation of harpists, inviting internationally-acclaimed harpists Sasha Boldachev (Russia) and Veronika Lemishenko (Ukraine) to present concerts, talks and masterclasses in Singapore.
Dr Azariah Tan, piano
Azariah Tan received a Doctor in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, under the guidance of Dr. Logan Skelton. The National Arts Council-Conservatory scholar was also a Dean’s lister at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory where he graduated with first-class honors from his Bachelor of Music studies with Albert Tiu. He went on to study at the University of Michigan, receiving two Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Chamber Music, as well as being nominated to represent the piano department for the Earl V. Moore School of Music Award.
Azariah is a first-prize winner at several national as well as international piano competitions. More recently, he won the first prize for both the Solo and Concerto categories at the American Prize, the Laureate title at the WPTA International Piano Competition as well as two top prizes at The American Protégé International Concerto Competition. As an educator, he has conducted lecture-recitals at conferences both locally and internationally, where he has appeared as guest artist and speaker. He has also taught on the piano faculty of Bluelake Fine Arts Camp in Muskegon, Michigan and regularly holds masterclasses at music institutions and colleges. He has also been an examiner for students preparing for the O level Music Examinations and is a certified Faber Method Piano Clinician.
Azariah has been a recipient of many awards, such as the VSArts International Young Soloists Award in Washington DC; the NUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award; the NUS Society Medal for Outstanding AllRound Achievements; the NUS Outstanding Student Achievement Award; as well as full-scholarships from the University of Michigan, the National Arts Council of Singapore, and the Yamaha Music Foundation of Japan. Fellowship awards – such as the Paul Abisheganaden Grant as well as the RNCM James Mottram Grant– have enabled his participation at well-known music festivals such as the Kirishima International Music Festival, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Piano Texas Festival. These fellowships have also extended him the opportunity to work in masterclasses with eminent pianists with the likes of Murray Perahia, Dang Thai Son, Fou Ts’ong and others.
Azariah has been extensively featured on international TV, radio and in printed, as well as national news media, including internet video coverage and the Voice of America. He has performed in the USA at venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall as well as internationally, in Europe, Japan and South-East Asia, and has appeared in concerto performances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Polish Silesian Philharmonic, and others. Azariah feels deep gratitude for the opportunities that life has offered him and gives back by performing at events to raise funds for charity organizations. In 2014, he was named Honoree at the Ten Outstanding Young People (TOYP) Singapore, as well as a finalist in 2017 for the Singapore Youth Award, the nation's highest youth accolade, in recognition of the inspirational role he exemplifies.
Lim Kang Ning, composer
Singaporean composer Lim Kang Ning only started composing at the age of 19 and studied under Tan Kian Wee. While pursuing her undergraduate studies in music at King’s College London (KCL), she majored in composition and studied under Dr Rob Keeley. She is currently finishing her Masters of Music programme at King's under the tutelage of Dr Edward Nesbit and Prof. Silvina Milstein.
Several of her compositions have been workshopped by KCL Modern Music Society and the Lontano Ensemble. Two of Kang Ning's works (Flower Visages and Sommerlied) were also premiered at Kris Foundation's "Trout!" Concert in 2018. Her recent composition, Concrete Jungle No. 23, scored for a mixed quintet, was longlisted for the 2019 Ivan Juritz Prize.
She is honoured to have her harp composition, Cornish Tides, premiered by Laura Peh at Kris Foundation's Duo Senses concert.