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Foo Say Ming

Head of Studies, Strings

Senior Lecturer

Music

Qualification

Master of Music,
Classe de Virtuosité, Premier Prix avec félicitations du Jury,
Conservatoire de Lausanne, Switzerland

Bachelor of Music,
Performer’s Course, Royal College of Music, London, UK

Associate-ship,
Associate of Royal College of Music, London, UK

Diploma,
Royal College of Music (Teaching), London, UK

Biography

“…Director (re: mix) Foo at full flight, helming its virtuosic solo, is one of Singapore’s most exciting artists. One really feels his driving passion, and his charges responded with similar verve and ebullience for a spirited close. … ” (The Straits Times, 17 December 2012)

Say Ming has been featured as a soloist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) on many occasions. He was featured as a soloist and director in a concert with the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra performing Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and the Singapore premier of Piazolla-Desyatnikov's "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires". His performance of the “Butterfly Lovers Concerto” with the National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra (NUSSO) on its tour to Scotland at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (Scotland) in 2005 was described as:

"...  never faltered in his interpretation, weaving through the dramatic score like a beautiful silken thread."  (The Press And Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland, Aug 2005)

In 2011, he conducted the Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO) Orchestra “à la Johann Strauss”, assuming the roles of conductor, leader, concertmaster and violin soloist in SLO’s 2011 production of Lehar’s “The Merry Widow”.

Say Ming leads and directs re: mix, which is a unique chamber orchestra in Singapore. This ensemble boasts an eclectic repertoire ranging from John Adams to ABBA, Bach to Beatles, Mozart to movies, and Schoenberg to Salsa. re: mix has been responsible for the creation and championing of a host of uniquely Singaporean works for this genre through its collaborations with many of Singapore’s top composers and arrangers. Within its very short history since its inception, with its wide and daring repertoire together with its successful debut album “Introducing re: mix” (The Straits Times 2012 Album of the Year), re: mix’s unique voice has not only been heard by local audiences, it has also taken the ensemble to regional audiences in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Say Ming works closely with young musicians in the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and the NUS Symphony Orchestra in the capacity of a Tutor and Assistant Conductor. He is also the concertmaster of the Symphony Lyric Opera Orchestra.