“乐坛双杰”音乐会 昔日同窗吹弹争鸣
Former classmates work together for “The Rising Duo” concert

21 October 2021
Lianhe Zaobao

Rit Xu (Flute) and Jonathan Ngeow (Ruan) were classmates during their studies at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). At the Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s (SCO) “The Rising Duo” concert, the two will play solo pieces and also present Jacques Ibel's classic flute work "Flute Concerto" and "Ruan Keboya" by local composer Wang Chenwei. The concert will be directed by Quek Ling Kiong, the Resident Conductor of the SCO. It is rare that a national-level orchestra invites local young performers to take the lead. Taking this opportunity, Lianhe Zaobao invites the 32-year-old classmates to share their views on their music styles and the perception of performers, while also speaking to them about their aspirations for their music careers. When asked on how they can find the motivation to keep going, Xu mentions that they must be driven by a dream. Ngeow answers that at NAFA, they were rushing around and moving forward with the feeling of facing an unknown future. Xu then replies that the goals and aspirations must come from within. Some stray after becoming professional performers. If there was no competition and no suitable environment such as that of the academy, it would be hard to improve.

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