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- General Manager/Assistant Conductor, Ding Yi Music Company
- Conductor, China Conservatory of Music Middle School Chinese Orchestra
- Conductor, Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra
- Conductor, National Junior College Chinese Orchestra
Dedric is the General Manager and Assistant Conductor of the Ding Yi Music Company, and Conductor for the China Conservatory of Music Middle School Chinese Orchestra and the Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra. He was a recipient of the 2014 National Arts Council Arts Scholarship, and in 2016, he was featured in The Straits Times’ “Scholars’ Choice”.
Dedric graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 2007 with a Diploma in Music, majoring in Suona Performance. After graduation, he received guidance in conducting from Singapore’s renowned Chinese Music educator, Cultural Medallion recipient Dr. Tay Teow Kiat.
With his keen interest in traditional Chinese music, Dedric received the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Arts and Cultural Bursary in 2004 and 2006. In 2006, he clinched the first prize in the National Arts Council’s Chinese Music Competition’s Suona Open Category. Since then, he has often travelled to China to further his Suona performance skills under the tutelage of various Suona masters. In 2008, he staged a Suona concerto with the Xi’An Music Conservatory Oriental National Symphony Orchestra.
In 2011, Dedric was invited by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra to provide accompaniment as a soloist. In 2013, he was selected to participate in the 2013 Taipei Chinese Orchestra Conducting Masterclass by Professor Zhang Guo Yong and Mr. Qu Chun Quan. In 2015, he was selected to participate in the Singapore Chinese Orchestra Conducting workshop conducted by Maestro Tsung Yeh.
In recent years, he has actively performed and represented Singapore in numerous international arts festivals, in countries such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, London, Wales, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia.
Dedric is currently pursuing his Masters in Orchestral Conducting at the China Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Prof Yang You Qing and guidance of Maestro Tsung Yeh.