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Photo credit: Jack Yam/ Singapore Symphony Orchestra

After two years severely disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Austrian conductor Hans Graf has finally been appointed as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) third music director as well as chief conductor, a move that should be very positive for the orchestra's artistic growth in the coming years.

Concurrent with Graf's appointment, the SSO also debuted Chloe Chua, co-winner of the 2018 Menuhin Competition (Junior Division) as artist-in-residence for its 2022/23 season. This honour is traditionally given to well-established performers, or young talents who are embarking on the first leg of a professional career of the highest promise. For a 15-year old violinist to receive this appointment is exceptional.

Chua's development since her momentous Menuhin win has been steady and impressive. Even though travel and international performance has been much curtailed in the past two years, she has remained active in digital and live performances locally, and her playing has grown markedly.

Read more here. Chua has since headlined three concerts with the SSO.

Source: The Straits Times © SPH Media Limited. Permission required for reproduction