萨克斯风乐手许恩凯 开拓本地音乐风景
(Saxophonist Johann Koh broadens the local music landscape)

02 February 2019
Lianhe Zaobao, zbNow, Page 7

Johann Koh is in his third year of study at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Music.

This year's NAFA-Kris Foundation Fund Concerto Competition was won by saxophonist Johann Koh. A third-year student taking saxophone as the principal study at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Music, 21-year-old Johann has been playing the instrument for nine years. His competition entry of Henri Tomasi's Concerto for Alto Saxophone composed in 1949 is now the standard track at international saxophone competitions. Johann told the Lianhe Zaobao reporter that he was able to challenge and interpret the work by himself, and that he has been looking forward to achieve this for the longest time.

In the recent years, Johann has been active in the local music scene. In order to spread saxophone music, he paired up with Liang Xinyu to form the "Protege Saxophone Ensemble" in 2017 and passionately delivered a classical tune to the audience. He said that many people misunderstand that saxophone can only be used to play pop music and jazz, but he wants share the classical side of saxophone music with the world to broaden the community’s knowledge of this instrument.

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