Carrying their 20-month son to SPH, guzheng player Natalie Tse and flute player Andy Chia did not want to let their son out of their sight during this interview, just like any new parents. They were married eight years ago. The couple first met each other in a Chinese orchestra and were drawn together by music despite a lot of distance. Currently, their music company, SA the Collective, is involved in a number of artistic performances and projects – in addition to their introduction of flutes and guzheng in music, they’ve also included Indian tabla music and have been involved in visual and theatre art, etc. The couple are founders of SA the Collective, and Andy is the artistic director of the company. Like many locals, Andy entered the world of music by learning the piano, and was moved by the flute at seven years old. He then joined his school’s Chinese orchestra. For nearly 15 years, Andy studied under China’s number one flute player, Zhan Yongming.
He embarked on a professional road despite his parents’ objections and enrolled in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. After completing his diploma, he went to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music to pursue a Masters in Flute, broadening his horizons.
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