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David Zechariah Kwek

Adjunct Lecturer

Music

Qualification

Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours
Royal College of Music (London) in collaboration with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore)

Biography

David graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, with First Class Honours. He has performed internationally in various ensemble settings, putting up well-received concerts in London, UK, Johor Bahru and Labuan, Malaysia as well as Medan, Indonesia.

David is a familiar face in the Singapore orchestral scene; performing the clarinet and bass clarinet with various orchestras. He has been a registered freelance musician with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra since 2018.

David’s teaching experience comes from his time spent at the Kids' Philharmonic Orchestra as their woodwind instructor, where he coached young wind players on orchestra repertoire and ensemble skills. Under his guidance and direction, they put up a public performance of wind chamber works in 2018. Currently, he coaches the clarinet sections of multiple government school bands. During his degree studies, David initiated several clarinet studio classes where he would guide the students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in preparation for examinations or auditions. He was also the Clarinet Clinician for WINDS WEEKEND! 2019 organised by nWinds, where he taught young clarinettists over a span of two days, working towards a public performance which included his own arranged composition.

In addition to clarinet performance and teaching, David involves himself in community music workshops. In 2018, he facilitated a community music project with 3 classmates for a group of seniors at NAFA. As the group coordinator, he replicated this project and presented it as a community music performance at the SkillsFuture Festival @ Central Singapore CDC in 2019.

David's achievements include the NAFA Merit Award AY2018/19, Best Graduate Award 2019 for the graduating cohort of the Bachelor of Music (Honours), and the Embassy of Peru Award 2019.