1ere Medaille (1st Medal), degre “Moyen” in Percussion,
Conservatoire national de region de Nice, France
Yeo Siew Mong’s performing career began when he was Principal Percussionist with the PA Chinese Orchestra in 1978. Awarded a scholarship by the Singapore Public Service Commission, he left Singapore to study percussion in France with Mr R. Palumbo in 1981.
He has held positions as Music Director and Resident Conductor of the NTUC Chinese Orchestra, Yuhua Chinese Orchestra and Foochow Association Chinese Orchestra. For the past 38 years, he has also instructed and conducted the Chinese Orchestras of primary and secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics as well as the National University of Singapore. He was the co-ordinator of Chinese Studies at the Music Department of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts till 2012, and he conducted the NAFA Chinese Ensemble till 2008, where he did many Chinese Orchestra arrangements for the Ensemble performances. He was awarded the “20-Year Long Service Award” by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2013.
A versatile musician, Siew Mong is a pipa player, violinist and composer. He studied the pipa from Yeo Siew Khin, violin from Lim Tiat Guan and composition with the late Leong Yoon Pin.
His orchestral works such as “Capriccio of a Legend”, “Orchid Overture” and other arrangements had been featured in concerts in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. His arrangement of “Rasa Sayang Eh!” was included in the “Traditional Chinese Orchestra Selection” published by the Beijing Central Conservatory Publication. The arrangement was also selected as one of the set piece for SYF 2014 Arts Presentation for Chinese Orchestra. Some of his arrangements had also been recorded in CD, such as “Christmas in Beijing”.