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Masterclass: Tuesday 23 August 2016, 4pm - 6pm
Talk: Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 5pm - 6.30pm

Yap Ling is a versatile musician who performs, teaches, conducts and arranges music. His career has taken him to many countries including USA, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, Russia as well as other Asian and European cities.

In 1990, he participated in the 1st World Youth Music Camp in Kuala Lumpur and the 1st Pacific Music Festival in Japan (under the baton of Maestro Leonard Bernstein). He represented Malaysia as a violin tutor in the 1991 ASEAN Youth Music Workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was a string tutor at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) where he conducted their orchestras. He was the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for the 1st and the 2nd Sarawak Music Camp in Kuching and Sibu in 1999 and 2001 respectively, the 1st Sabah State Music Camp at University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in 2009 and the Kota Kinabalu String Music Festival for the past 4 years.  He is also a co-founder, artistic director and conductor of the Annual Bintulu Music Camp which started last year.

Yap Ling is the conductor of Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO), a feature at the annual Music Fest at the Tip of Borneo. He is also the conductor for Kian Kok Youth Orchestra (KKYO), the Tshung Tsin String Orchestra and The Kota Marudu Sky Community String Orchestra. As a guest conductor, he conducts the Miri Orchestra and Choir (MOC), The Musica Sinfonietta, Penang and The Orchestra of the Music For Our Young Foundation, Hong Kong. He also conducted the Gala Friendship Concert (Malaysia & Korea), a collaboration between the Korean Opera Company Association and the JPO, in Kota Kinabalu last year.

As a chamber musician, his duo partnership with Singaporean violinist Foo Say Ming has him performing on the viola too. Yap Ling is also a violinist for Three-in-1, MP3rio (Piano Trio), the Jesselton Trio (oboe, violin, piano), re:mix (a Singapore string ensemble), the Malaysian Ars Nova Ensemble (string quintet with piano), the L’espressivo Trio (voice, violin, piano) and the Fuegokoori Trio (violin, cello, guitar), the latter of which has performed regularly in various parts of Malaysia and abroad.

Besides giving regular recitals with his wife Grace Lee, Yap Ling has also appeared as soloist with the Monash Sinfonia in Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, the Penang Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra (Malaysia).  Apart from classical music, he was invited to perform with a jazz band, Jackfruit, at the 10th Nanjing International Jazz & World Music Festival, China in 2011. Yap Ling is also very active in sacred music performances for the past 30 years where he led the festival orchestras for works such as Elijah, Messiah, The Creation, as well as masses and cantatas. He has collaborated with Rev. Lee Chong Ming, David Chin and Elaine Pao.

In 1997 Yap Ling was conferred an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in recognition for his contribution towards developing the music standard and promoting music in this part of the world. He has conducted violin masterclasses and violin teacher seminars for ABRSM in Malaysia and regularly gives violin masterclasses and orchestra workshops throughout the country. Presently he is the assistant conductor and violin tutor for the Permata Seni Muzik (PSM), a national program for musically gifted children below the age of 14.