You Play A What?

Vincent Tan

"What are your plans after graduation?" "What kind of work can you apply for with a Music Degree?" "You Play a What?" These might be some infuriating and intimidating questions for any aspiring musician. If you are looking for some relief,

join Vincent every Wednesday, as he finds out from his guest their inspiring stories, grit, graft and all that it takes for them to succeed in the music industry.

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This week I am joined by the enigmatic Christoven Tan. Christoven is a champion of new music for viola and in recent years, he has been pushing the possibilities and boundaries of viola playing. Apart from music, he is a practitioner of multiple art forms and doing remarkable work that is that is true to himself. I am really glad to have the opportunity to speak to him. In this episode, we spoke about: 1.       His upcoming show Apollo which is happening on Saturday, 09/10, where he performs alongside percussionist Derek Koh the music of Emily Koh and Bertram Wee. A number of former guests on YPAW, so if you’ll like to find out more about them, do check out the show notes!Christoven shares in depth about his creative process in this project and what you can expect from the show.To find out more about Apollo you click HERE and for tickets you can fill up THIS FORM. 2.       Having a clear idea and approach towards new music3.       The timing of this project4.       Finding like minded collaborators and what does he look for in a fellow collaborator?5.       Having a curious and open mind6.       “Being perfect vs Being Yourself”7.       Relating to New Music8.       Starting his art studio and practicing other forms of art9.       Teaching philosophy10.   Future Artistic project11.   Music for “enjoyment” vs Performances that is relevant and thought provokingTo find more about Christoven and his art works:WebsiteAnna Quenlin SpeechWebsiteXi Jie's film "Singapore Minstrel"WebsiteEpisodes of former guests:Emily KohDerek Koh

Oct 6

1 hr 41 min

This week I am joined by Mervin Beng, Chairman of Resound Collective, an arts charity organization that promotes chamber music in all its glory. Mervin wears many hats, apart from his role with Resound Collective, he is a music reviewer with The Straits Times, involved previously with music organizations driven by educating young aspiring musicians such as the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.With his professional expertise in technology coupled with his deep passion for music, saw the creation of 2 ground breaking projects entitled re:Sound is Live and Concordia Quartet @ Home. Both projects were performed in real time remotely, where musicians are playing from their respective homes or separate rooms. Distanced but at the same time maintaining the spontaneous element of music making.In this episode, we spoke about:1. How he navigates objectivity vs subjectivity in writing music reviews.2. The origin story of Resound Collective.3. The challenge of introducing chamber works to the wider audience. 4. His musical journey.5. How Music Camps/Festivals has allowed him to open his eyes to a higher level of music making.6. Breaking new grounds at the height of the Circuit Breaker. 7. How his expertise in technology and music inspired creative ways of concert presentation.8. Music patronage and the recent creation of the OKK Wind Prize at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.Do check out Concordia Quartet's upcoming concert "Soaring with the Wind" HERE, featuring the works of Mozart and Greig. Tickets are available for puchase in HEREThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Sep 29

56 min 2 sec

I am back after a 3-week hiatus with superstar guitarist, Kevin Loh. Kevin was spotted at the age of 12 by the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK through his YouTube channel which he still keeps up to date till this day with over 300 videos and over 4 million views! He has since went on to win competitions, premiered concertos and has garnered international repute within guitar scene. Kevin is currently a student at the University of Cambridge is one of the leading young guitarist in the international guitar scene. He was generous enough to take time out to speak with me and in this episode we spoke about:1.       Performing for a learned audience and revisiting Concierto de Aranjuez 2.       Moving to the UK at the age of 12 to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School3.       Defining family support in his early musical developments and how music became a family bonding activity.4.       The importance of consistency and compounding progress.5.       Performing alongside his father and how it helped to working through his performance anxiety.6.       His time spent in the refugee camp in Calais, France and the profound impact music has on people and different communities.7.       His quote “There is more to life than Music” and how it has informed him on his decision making.8.       His hopes for future contribution towards the Singapore guitar development.9.       How we are fortunate to be working as musicians.10.   Identifying the motivation behind music.Find out more about Kevin's workWebsiteFacebookInstagramYouTubeThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Sep 22

1 hr 34 min

This week I am joined by Jonathan Shin, pianist, composer, hardcore bookworm and a fantastic guest!In this episode, Jonathan and I spoke about:1. Pursuing his doctoral studies remotely2. Developing his people-centric approach to music and life in general3. His relationship with practice, piano and the cane4. His tip for getting into improvisation5. His creative process behind The 1819 Suite commissioned by Resound Collective 6. Composing fast music vs slow music7. Who are the Lorong Boys and what do they do?8. Creating music that represents the personality of the group9. Their approach to being the ensemble in residence at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory 10. Writing text and music for operas and musicals11. His fiction reading listThe 1819 Suite is commissioned and presented by Resound Collective, produced by Chamber Music and Arts Singapore, and is available in The Glasshousewith FREE access for a limited time: 7 Aug – 19 Sep 2021 in celebration of Singapore's 56th National Day.The 1819 Suite can still be accessed in The Glasshouse after 19 Sept, with their membership subscription.  The Glasshouse is offering a National Day discount of 20% off the first month of subscription with the code "NationalDay20". Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast! 

Aug 25

1 hr 14 min

This episode is a riff on the ups and downs that I have felt in the last few months. About six months ago, my motivation was at an all time low. Practice has become labourious and requires large amount of effort. But it was rather helpful to have some space to think about what my life and work would look like if everything was based on my value rather than my belief and views. I am interested to hear what all of you have to say about this episode!The Knowledge Project Podcast:WebsiteYouTubeSpotifyThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Aug 18

19 min 1 sec

This week I am joined by Lau Wen Rong, Wen Rong is a prize winner in multiple competitions and is currently part of the trumpet section in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Apart from his busy performance schedule and his ability to rise up against any high pressure situation, Wen Rong is an active teacher and have been inspiring students of various age group.1. Our Chung Cheng stories2. Why he was a vegetarian for such a long time3. His musical and career developments4. The impact of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) and the former Singapore National Youth Training Orchestra on him5. Coping with self imposed pressure6. Perfection VS Excellence7. Audition Preparation Tips8. His time in The Julliard School9. Tips to staying in the present and so much moreTo register and find out more about THE 4TH NEW TALENT BRITISH INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC COMPETITIONWebsiteThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Aug 11

1 hr 16 min

This week we pick up from where we left off from my conversation with Benjamin Yeo. Benji is an avid contributor to multiple facets of the local music and band scene taking on roles as an educator, composer, conductor.In this second part of a 2 part episode, we spoke about:1. The impact music and arts practice and the development of intangible qualities in a young person.2. What is the former Music Talent Development Centre (MTDC) and the importance of programmes designed to develop the youths.3. The importance of composing music that is true to him.4. Composition is a bespoke "service".5. His creative process, using City of Dreams as an example.6. How his love of teaching made him walk away from an overseas scholarship.7. The changes in Music curriculum in schools.And much more about his love for teaching, current career and the guiding principal that he believes in.Find out more about Benjamin's workWebsiteFacebookInstagramYouTubeTo register and find out more about THE 4TH NEW TALENT BRITISH INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC COMPETITIONWebsiteThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Aug 4

1 hr 8 min

This week I am joined by perhaps the most prolific contributor to the Singapore Wind Band Repertory, Benjamin Yeo. Benji is an avid contributor to multiple facets of the local music and band scene taking on roles as an educator, composer, conductor.In this first part of a 2 part episode, we spoke about: How it is perfectly ok to call him Benji instead of Benjamin His obsession with the Thai culture Challenges he faced over the last one year being a Music Teacher and the Dean of the Aesthetic Department The Music Elective Programme vs the IB music syllabus How he never intended to join the school band How he fell in love with the art form that is Concert Band How a particular brand of mineral water jump started his composition career And much more about his musical journey and thoughts regarding music education and band programmes in Singapore.Find out more about Benjamin's workWebsiteFacebookInstagramYouTubeTo register and find out more about THE 4TH NEW TALENT BRITISH INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC COMPETITIONWebsiteThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Jul 28

1 hr 6 min

Welcome back to this part 2 of my conversation with Dr. Andy Sim we spoke about:A quote that has significant meaning to himBuilding resilienceAddressing the fear of failureThe Heart and Brain relationshipANTS vs APESFight and Flight responseThe power of Deep, Light and Paced BreathingThe importance of staying in the presentTo find out more about Andy and his work you can visit the links below:https://www.facebook.com/Embodied-InPsych-2112377532140176/https://embodiedinpsych.wixsite.com/websiteThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Jul 22

45 min 52 sec

This week, I sat down and spoke to conductor turned psychologist, Dr. Andy Sim. A practitioner of the HeartMath System. We talked about his career in music and how it eventually transformed into psychology.Navigating stressHow did stress come about if we are pursuing something we loveThe 3 main contributors to burnoutThis was a highly informative session that I really enjoyed! Tune in to find out more!To find out more about Andy and his work you can visit the links below:https://www.facebook.com/Embodied-InPsych-2112377532140176/ https://embodiedinpsych.wixsite.com/websiteThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Jul 14

51 min 31 sec

This week's episode, I'm joined by Ron Tan, the founder of the Inclusive Arts Movement, an organization that aims to inspire and promote equality between the differently & generally-abled through the performing arts. Ron himself is a self taught pianist and he is 80% deaf, but it hasn’t stop him from performing and composing. I really enjoyed this chat and the energy and passion Ron brought to the conversation. In this episode we spoke: The work and services provided by the Inclusive Arts Movement which includes performances, team building workshops and pivoting into a more digital landscape.His motivation to provide differently – abled performers a platform to showcase their talent and to performWhat music means to him and why he chose to be a practitioner despite his aural impairment, and how music helped him build up his self-esteem.Responding to negativity with an open mind and calmness.Restoring dignity to the differently-abled community and providing avenues for social integration.Collaborating and interacting with differently – abled persons in a sensitive and empathetic manner.The future for Inclusive Arts Movement.For the videos mentioned in the episode:Rueben's feature - Friends – Sasha M (feat. AngelK & Reuben Khanal)Workshop IntroductionA Million DreamsFind out more about Inclusive Arts Movement below:https://www.inclusiveartsmovement.com/FacebookThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Jul 7

1 hr 18 min

Continuing from the previous episode, in this second part of the conversation with Adrian, we spoke about:His decision to take on leadership positions with BDAS and NICA, the difference these organizations seek to create.The launch of the Singapore Band Solo Virtual Championships by BDASCreating environment for like-minded students to meet each other.How assuming these leadership roles have impacted his life.Where and what does Adrian invest his time and energy in.What this 3 groups mean to him:The Philharmonic Winds, The Philharmonic Youth, Asian Cultural Symphony OrchestraThe most important tip with regards to having a freelance career.Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Jun 30

53 min 55 sec

I should have had this guest on way earlier but I finally set it up and its with Adrian Chiang. If there is ever a Singapore Band Director’s Hall of Fame, he would definitely be in it. Adrian is a well-known figure in the Singapore Music scene and has a portfolio that encompasses music education, conducting and management roles. In 2017, he took on leadership roles and became the President of Band Directors’ Association Singapore and the National Instructors and Coaches Association know as (NICA) founded by NTUC. Providing a voice to freelance instructors and coaches, restoring dignity for freelancers.In this first part of a 2 part conversation, Adrian and I spoke about our unusual first encounter (at least for it was unusual), his decision to lead a healthier lifestyle and how it impacted his work, his thought process behind commissioning 17 new works for each his band performing at the SYF 2021 and his musical journey and career developments. Tune in to this upcoming episode, plenty of laughter in this one!

Jun 23

54 min 24 sec

This week on YPAW, I am joined by Jazz songstress, Dawn Wong. Dawn is no stranger to the spotlight, appearing on prime-time television as a participant of Project Superstar 2. Since then she was continued to take her career on an upward trajectory, receiving the Music Scholarship offered by the Jazz Association (Singapore) and graduating top of class at La Salle College of the Arts. The work that Dawn has created and put up over the years have been truly remarkable and adding on to her already diverse portfolio, Dawn took on the role of Project Director of The One Million Towards Utopia campaign by The Foundation.In this episode, we spoke about performing on live television and dealing with negative feedback, her role as Project Director of the One Million Towards Utopia movement by The Foundation and what is it about, the difference that The Foundation seeks to make. The relevance of the arts in our daily lives, her musical journey and career developments, creating her own musical identity and style. Keeping her creative muscle working in tough times, the creation of Jazz for Kids, the creative process behind her album, Marco Lopo. Growing your work/career as an artist/musician.To find more about Dawn:InstagramFacebookListen to Marco Lopo:SpotifyListen to Delivery:SpotifyYouTubeThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Jun 16

1 hr 23 min

I have recently enrolled myself in a Freelancer's Workshop, a part of a series under the Akimbo Workshops. I have found this course to be extremely helpful in allowing me to distill my thoughts regarding my work and redefining what freelance work is all about.In this episode, I share what this course is about, how it works, a particular story that really resonated with me, working through why I have always felt stuck with my work and some takeaway from the course that I think everyone will benefit from!My apologies on the late release this week!Check out the Akimbo Workshops here: https://akimbo.com/Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

May 28

40 min 14 sec

This week on YPAW, I am joined by Benjamin Thia, rugby fanatic, drummer, teacher, percussion repair technician, custom drum maker. I have known Ben for a number of years but never had the chance to speak to him about his career developments over the years and how he now has his hands in almost all aspects of percussion. In this episode, we discussed his love for rugby, entering fatherhood, his love for all things DIY including renovating his current workspace, his musical journey, how he started his repair services from his own home, Colbern drums and what they offer, his thoughts about the increased number of school percussion ensembles due to the new SYF regulations and some of his thoughts about the development of the jazz music scene in Singapore. To find more about Ben:His work at P.WorksHis work at Colbern Custom DumsThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

May 19

1 hr 8 min

This week, I am joined by violin extraordinaire Loh Jun Hong. Jun Hong is the co-founder of More than Music, More than Music is a concert series that aims to revolutionize the classical music concert experience by bringing both the music and the performers to the audience in an informal and intimate manner. More Than Music concerts present the top young classical music talents in the region, bringing world-class chamber music performances to new audiences, up close and personal.Jun Hong has a long list of accolades which includes first prizes in international and local solo competitions, appeared as concertmaster at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland allowing him to work the likes of Charles Dutoit and Valery Gergiev and was featured as soloist with numerous orchestras around the world. And now you might be thinking, why is someone like him speaking to someone like me… I wonder too.. But nonetheless, I had a fantastic time as usual.We spoke about his recent involvement in the recording of the Utopia Symphony organized by The Foundation and what is his definition of utopia, his thoughts towards music competition, his mentality and relationship towards music and performance as the years go by, his time as a military musician, deciding to have portfolio career, going away from the traditional path, the challenges in starting a new performance project and “is good, good enough?”To find out more about Jun Hong and his work:https://junhongloh.com/More Than MusicTo find out more about The Foundation and their One Million Towards Utopia campaign:https://www.thefoundation.sg/towardsutopiasgThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

May 12

1 hr 23 min

Welcome back to the second part of my conversation with Jinjun, in this episode, we picked up where we left off regarding some of his thoughts about the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. We spoke about an alternative to the current festival and question and if things can be changed to assess the band programme apart from just performing two pieces. We spoke about competitiveness in music, his job as a teacher in School of The Arts and what its all about, how blue tack helped him cope with his braces when he was 15 and his thoughts about self publishing and writer's block.The find out more about Jinjun's work visit his website at:www.leejinjun.comThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

May 5

1 hr

This week on You Play A What? I'm joined by fellow Liverpool supporter, Lee JinJun. JinJun is current a teacher in School of the Arts and is well-known name in the Singapore Band scene, having composed the set piece ‘festival on earth and Party in Space’ for Concert Band for the 2019 Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. On this first part of the conversation, we spoke about some of his favourite pastime, his involvement in other arts group apart from being performer and composer, his career development over the years. His creative process behind the set pieces he wrote and some of his thoughts about this year’s SYF.The find out more about Jinjun's work visit his website at:www.leejinjun.comThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Apr 28

1 hr 3 min

What is your relationship with offering and receiving feedback? Do you enjoy the process of it? Some questions for all of us to think about regarding feedback: What kind of feedback are you looking for from this community? What kind of feedback are you not looking for from this community? What kind of feedback do you commit to giving others? What kind of feedback do you not want to give?

Apr 21

11 min 51 sec

On this episode we speak about the relationship between the mind and the body. The effects of Placebo and Nocebo and how it affects our ability to get into peak performance mode.Does chicken essence make you feel more alert and energetic for your exams? Does a $200 bottle of wine taste better than a $20 bottle?

Apr 14

28 min 34 sec

Apologies on the delay this week, but there is going to be an episode!!From last week's episode with @cokohnut where we spoke briefly about career burnout, made me think about "serious" hobbies or a side hustle and how it can help us with our primary pursuit.On this episode we will talk about what is considered a serious hobby, the difference in mentality between an Athlete and a Nerd, and how the choice of hobby can help us do our primary job better.Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Apr 7

20 min 18 sec

In this episode of YPAW I spoke with Singapore Chinese Orchestra's 阮 (Ruan) musician, Koh Min Hui. One would argue that Min Hui's career trajectory is as smooth as it can be, winning her job with the orchestra at the age of 21, straight out of her Bachelors degree course at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Apart from her work with the orchestra, Min Hui is also a passionate teacher that works with students of various age groups and is a tutor for the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra.We spoke about: 1. Some of the non-music related skillset required for one to survive a job in the orchestra 2. Her thoughts and observation regarding suffering from burnout as a professional musician3. The advice she will give to a student looking to pursue a career in music4. What it means to be part of a generation of exception Chinese Music InstrumentalistTo find out more about Min Hui's work, you can find her information below:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cokohnut/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/minhuiuhnimThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Mar 31

1 hr 9 min

It is the event that keeps my job relevant, the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation just around the corner, I have decided to dedicate this episode of YPAW to all my students who are participating in SYF AP 2021. Due to the pandemic, the SYF this year is unlike any of the previous SYF, and I hope to share with all participants that it is usually unlike it this year.In this episode, I spoke about the changes that I have observed in the Singapore Youth Festival over the years, my personal experiences of participating in the Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging and finally some tips to prepare for these final few weeks of SYF!Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Mar 24

35 min 6 sec

My guest today is indeed the man that puts on his pink uniform every morning and delivers your favourite bubbletea or McGriddles. Yes, it’s the Famous Amos, the man himself, Amos Chiya (probably enough food items for now).Prior to his return to Singapore in the late 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, Amos was living in Russia and was working as a guest conductor with several orchestras in the region. Having spent a good number of years away from Singapore, he has found it challenging to navigate a volatile arts scene and has started working as a food deliveryman. His video and article on TODAY has been shared across many countries and by many. But it seems like his days as a food deliveryman are numbered, as he has confirmed his trip to Japan to work with Maestro Riccardo Muti and a return to Russia for some conducting work.On this episode, we talked about his time living in Russia, his thoughts about conducting symphonic repertoire, operas and ballet. We also spoke about the frustrations that a young music graduate might face in Singapore, his pep talk for a young person planning to pursue music professionally, and his intended outcome behind his article. This has been a great conversation that took me by surprise!Website: https://amoschiya.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amoschiya/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqMUjhqNDJFVDeBiXVrBvJAHis Article: https://www.todayonline.com/gen-y-speaks/gen-y-speaks-i-was-conductor-opera-houses-around-world-till-covid-19-hit-now-i-deliverThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Mar 17

1 hr 24 min

This is yet another rant, and today it is regarding the recent announcement pertaining to the formation of the first ever Singapore university of the arts. In this episode, I am not discussing what sort of curriculum will benefit the students because I feel like at this point in my life I am still figuring this out.What I would address in this episode is how we react to negativity that surrounds our work, such as internet trolls, people with conflicting ideologies to you, people who do not understand what is it that you do and why you do what you do. Having a new university centred around the arts is fantastic, but it is important for students to not treat this university as a career centre for arts. That if you enrolled into the school you are guaranteed to get a job and be successful.Emma's article: https://www.rollingstone.com/pro/features/juilliard-modernize-classical-music-education-1134208/?fbclid=IwAR0sHfby9ieZeBxm5bdQh8xBjfIC0BYokhkUMp5UxESkMS2zsSntWx9lVXIWill's Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/WilliamFed/posts/10158617398236154The Entrepreneurial Musician: https://open.spotify.com/show/0nIrJVCNKtsdFnMYjcQ8bH?si=zur3cUNQQj6mwPuJr_A-cwCrushing Classical (with Brian O'Neill): https://open.spotify.com/episode/1P0gMyIpLjtr4bvCQvMJ7r?si=0BVXx_98RLqYaA9BngRKOQThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast! 

Mar 10

21 min 18 sec

This week on YPAW, I am joined by long time friend Clement Lim who is currently based in Berlin, Germany. The relationship between Clement and I haven't always been cordial, he have had our differences when we were a few years younger. But I would say it is mostly me who took offense to his words and actions...Fast forward a couple of years, loads has happened and we continued to stay in touch whenever we can. Clement has spent the last 6-7 years in Germany, living in Hannover, Nurnberg, Essen and recently relocated to Berlin. In this episode we spoke about his year trips to Taiwan, the decision to move to another city in the middle of his Bachelor's Degree course and his mindset shift on approaching music and work after living abroad for a few years and the reason why he started his 100 days challenge....Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Mar 3

1 hr 26 min

This week on YPAW I am joined by long time friend, Lim An Chun. A larger than life character that seems to draw people to him, An Chun possess fantastic rapport with most people. He might even bump into a friend in London, that is how far his network would stretch. An Chun has had a really interesting musical journey that is full of ups and downs, but for those who know him well, one thing is for sure, and that is he is not one to give up easily. He has suffered plenty of setbacks, but I am happy to say that things seems to be on the upward trajectory except that he was tested positive for Covid-19 towards the end of 2020 but I am happy to say that he is close to 100% now and all seems well!On this episode, we spoke about his experience and the recovery process after being tested positive for Covid-19, spending Chinese New Year abroad, the difficulties he faced when auditioning for music college, the key mentors in his life and some of his pedagogical concepts. Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Feb 10

1 hr 32 min

On this episode, I talk about the topic of regarding Fear of Failure in students that we interact with on a regular basis. How did this mindset of fear (in general, not just in failure) manage to get instilled into us? As CCA instructors and coaches, what can we do to add value into the student's lives and allow them to explore these other skill sets that are not always required in the world that judges student on individual performance in an exam? Happy to hear from my fellow coaches and instructors!Stop Stealing Dreams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXpbONjV1Jc&t=499sReport on Fear of Failure from PISA: https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/2f9d3124-en.pdf?expires=1612312397&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=D870756E3E2641547D0E084FAA357F02Seth's Book: https://seths.blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/stop-stealing-dreams6print.pdfThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Feb 3

32 min 59 sec

Welcome back to the continuation of my interview with Nicholas Ong and Terrence Wong, co-host of the Crafting Musical Lives Podcast. In the previous episode, we spoke about the the living situation in the UK and how it has affected the arts and their day to day life. They also shared their musical journeys and the difference between university and conservatory education.On this episode we spoke about detaching ourselves from our work, how they conceived Crafting Musical Lives and the work that goes on behind each episode, interacting with experts in a subject matter. Finally, can music be deemed as a universal language? Tune in the find out!Do check out their podcast below:Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2UXIZR4BBD3Vg9jbMHtylR?si=4KiJilbOQbKb12EQqtT6iQWebsite: https://www.craftingmusicallives.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/craftingmusicallives/Twitter: https://twitter.com/CraftingMLivesInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/craftingmlives/Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Jan 27

1 hr 21 min

This week I am pleased to be joined by Nicholas Ong and Terrence Wong, co-host of the Crafting Musical Lives Podcast. Both of them are currently based in the UK, Terrence in London and Nicholas in Oxford. Amongst the three of us we share a good amount of similarities as alumni of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, having furthered our studies in respective cities in the UK and of course podcast host.On this first part of a two part interview we spoke about how they have been coping with current situation in the UK, their individual musical journey, and what it means to embark on the path of music academia. Enough from me now, please enjoy this episode of you play a what with Nicholas and Terrence.Do check out their podcast below:Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2UXIZR4BBD3Vg9jbMHtylR?si=4KiJilbOQbKb12EQqtT6iQWebsite: https://www.craftingmusicallives.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/craftingmusicallives/Twitter: https://twitter.com/CraftingMLivesInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/craftingmlives/Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Jan 20

1 hr 23 min

On this episode of YPAW, I am joined ME2 Sanche Jagatheesan from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Band. Sanche currently serves as the Principal Bassist of the SAF Band and occasionally dabbles on the electric bass as well as percussion and has been in service since completing his studies. Join us on this episode, as Sanche shares his work as a military musician, how the SAF Band continues to engage with the general public when live performances are put on hold, his experiences abroad with the SAF Band and some tips for student bassist.Videos by the SAF BandReach Out For the Skies, One Singapore!“One People, One Nation, One Singapore” Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!  

Jan 13

1 hr 8 min

This first episode of YPAW for the year of 2021 is the second part of my interview with Daniel Bonaventure Lim! If you have not listened to the first part of this interview you can find it here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5bwPVgnKeBdBmb7Y1wy0sj?si=JQFldVaqS6Cf-Pddtew3KADaniel and I spent 3 years living in Manchester in close vicinity as students of the RNCM. Since returning to Singapore, Daniel has kept himself involved and active in various music activities and organizations, he brings along a refreshing take on the music industry. On this episode, we spoke about how has 2020 been for himself, his thoughts on digital concerts and engaging music communities as well as his musical journey.We begin this episode from where we left off from the previous. On this episode, we discuss the idea of sunk cost, building up a resume/CV, his entrepreneurial ventures in college and the challenges of self-publishing.

Jan 6

54 min 35 sec

Currently working as a Management Consultant, I am joined by Daniel Bonaventure Lim on the first part of a two part episode that brings us into the new year! Daniel and I spent 3 years living in Manchester in close vicinity as students of the RNCM. Since returning to Singapore, Daniel has kept himself involved and active in various music activities and organizations, he brings along a refreshing take on the music industry. On this episode, we spoke about how has 2020 been for himself, his thoughts on digital concerts and engaging music communities as well as his musical journey.The fact that he composed a euphonium quartet my for me might or might not have played a part in me asking him to come on the podcast....

Dec 2020

56 min 20 sec

I am lucky to the worst boss, I would not trade it for most things in this world. On this episode of YPAW, join me as I go on a riff to talk about the reason I would congratulate you for being the worst boss, poor manager of career and the inability to organize your day. Trust me, you might not be in such a bad situation as you think!Time Ferris Show feat. Seth Godin: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3Z7zsYnjFDxGDNWFYlW0sB?si=W5ynhDabTLO_CBmT5KLvsgAkimbo: https://open.spotify.com/episode/50bncfjgbSd3hNyq5bssHB?si=I55tntMHQOyqZ4h26GP8tg

Dec 2020

22 min 16 sec

Composer, Polyglot, Multi-instrumentalist are just some of the words you would describe my guest, Wang Chenwei. Chenwei is currently based in Singapore, he is currently the Composer-in-Residence with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the co-author of "The Teng Guide to the Chinese Orchestra" the only comprehensive Chinese Orchestra text that is in English. Chenwei's skillset as a musician is a unique combination of composition, ethnomusicology and audio engineering, making him a thoughtful musician that tries to use his art to engage others to understand and learn about other cultures through music. We also spoke about exam grading and music competition for music and of course his strong interest in computer programming!To find out more about Chenwei and his work, you can visit the links below:https://wangchenwei.wordpress.com/https://www.youtube.com/user/wangchenweihttps://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/10808Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!cast!

Dec 2020

1 hr 19 min

On this episode and I breaking out norm of YPAW, this particular topic that I am addressing today has been on my mind for quite some time. Tune in to this episode as I share my story of a $4 haircut and a $70 haircut. What I thought was an act of generosity and the reflection on the 3 courses I completed over the last 14 days. 

Dec 2020

26 min 2 sec

Well versed in both Western and Chinese musical language and performance, I am joined by Cheng Jin on this episode of YPAW. She uses her compositions to tell a rendition of Asian mythology and fables with a vivid soundscape. In this episode we spoke about her relationship with music from a young age. We spoke about her passion to bring music to the less privileged communities, her emotional struggles as a composer and the different roles in music that she has explored over the years. And of course, what is it like to be a foster cat owner for the very first time.Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Dec 2020

1 hr 26 min

Fellow coffee lover Lee Jia Yi, is my guest for this episode of YPAW. Currently a student at the Peabody Conservatory and based in the USA, spending her first semester break abroad with the short days and cold weather that is associated with winter. Join us on this episode as Jia Yi paints us a image of Baltimore, she speaks about her compositional process, her thoughts on appealing to the mass media and what is she truly passionate about as an artist.Check out her work here: https://soundcloud.com/lee-jia-yi-composer

Nov 2020

1 hr 12 min

On this episode of YPAW, I am joined by Likie, a current student of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore and have been composing and producing her own music (she even sang!!!) over the last few years! A musician that takes on multiple roles and is never afraid to wander in to the unknown, one can only imagine what is her future beholds! On this episode we spoke about her idea of what makes a good EDM track, the importance of putting her work out there and her unique way of designing her biography! You can check out Likie's work on the links below: Website: https://www.likielow.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/likie.low/Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/40yOU7yi0blllPSKvALemv?si=s4SstrC2Q8yGz_eKGwSGXQ

Nov 2020

1 hr 10 min

Have you ever spoken to someone for the first time thinking that you would be quite far apart in terms of the way you think about your work and life but it turns out not to be the case and you end up being pleasantly surprised? This is what I felt before my chat with Emily, although in our brief Zoom calls she was very warm and friendly in our discussion, I've learnt to never assume. Turns out we have more in common than we thought...We spoke about Emily in Atlanta (not Paris), which was the first city I travelled to on my own. I was there for the International Euphonium Institute (now called the IET Festival) organized by Adam Frey and held at the Emory University, which is apparently not to far away from where she lives! In terms of music, it is no surprise that for a composer like Emily is, she is constantly pushing boundaries and generating new repertoire for different people/groups. I particularly like her take on staying current and relevant in the progressing art scene and perhaps romanticizing in music written 300 years ago might not be ideal, which I agree! Below is a quote from one of her recent Facebook post "We cannot just twiddle our thumbs and wait for the day we can go back to the same old ways again. This is not how an artist or creative community works. We adapt, we change, we try new things, we work and we reinvent. In doing so, we stay relevant. Sometimes we fail spectacularly, but maybe, just maybe, we will discover new paths to similar goals." So you can imagine, the rest of the conversation was absolutely brilliant! Tune in to find out more!Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Nov 2020

1 hr 13 min

Back when I was studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, I was in a Euphonium Quartet (I am also wondering how is this a thing...). We were called The Brass Compass Euphonium Quartet, the name came about as the quartet is made up of members of different nationality, Australia (South), Latvia (North), UK (West), Singapore (East). The quartet started out because of a compulsory chamber music module for all second year, but things escalated quickly. Fast forward a couple of months, we were 1st Place in the Chamber Music Category at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference held in Tennessee, USA. That year, we won everything we took part in except for the overall chamber music price at the RNCM, where we came in with an honourable mention behind a piano trio (of course). The group is now inactive, in fact it has been inactive since my final year of study if not for my chamber music assessment, we would have folded even earlier.So you might ask what made it all fall apart if the group was successful? The answer is simple, different priority, different commitment level. Since then, I had seen the sustainability of a chamber group differently. The most important thing, all members of the group need to strive towards the same goal and to want to achieve the same outcome. And if you happen to all get along with each other, that would make life a little more enjoyable. Since returning back to Singapore, I am fortunate to be in a quartet with some colleagues and friends that I hold in high regard. Out of the 3 of them, I had knew Michellina for the shortest amount of time, but what is evident is her is the positivity and dedication to her craft that is a source of inspiration!Find out more about Michellina with the links below:Website click hereYouTube click hereThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!

Nov 2020

1 hr 6 min

Playing the euphonium has made me missed out on meeting people. Don't get me wrong, I love playing the instrument and because of that, I have managed to pick up on a few life long friends throughout this time. I am very grateful for the friendships and laughter. But what was lacking in my social circle were the string players (violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, you get it...), the true representation of high culture. To be honest, I am not sure this is a bad thing... But I did miss out on knowing a particular Charity, which when I was growing up was the Harpist at the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.In my conversation with Charity, what was evident for her love for music and her love for life in general. It is easy to see someone like Charity as a bit of an overnight success, because so much of what we see of her is revolving around her success, such as winning awards or performing with the quite possibly the world's most famous orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. However, after listening to her musical journey, what we see as success is no doubt being earned by her putting in the work to be a better version of herself everyday. Tune in to find out why she decided to overhaul her playing in the middle of her studies in New York and how that decision has paid off.Check out The Harp Hitch by the legendary Charity and find out more about her work at Rave Harps!Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!  

Oct 2020

1 hr 19 min

"The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives", you might recognize this quote from a particular HBO series, Game of Thrones. You might find it strange, what has this quote got to do with my guest today? As humans, like many other species, we are herd animals who are trying to fit in and earn the respect of others. How we decide our behaviour is based on the degree that it allows us to fit in to your environment and social circle. I am lucky to be surrounded by extremely passionate band members during my time in school and at the centre of it all is Siang Hong. The band major that shows up at 2pm every single day (apart from exam periods) to the band store and starts practicing and we would leave school between 530-6pm. After 2 years of observing his dedication, I felt like I had to do the same when I assume a similar position and I was more than happy to do so!On hindsight, if there is a word that can be used to describe him will be "consistent". Apart from the band room, him and I spent a bulk of our free time at the basketball court. Even the way he played basketball was the same, he does the same thing time and time again, he keeps scoring and there is nothing you could do.. During our years in NAFA, he would have absolutely no issue going to the same Nasi Lemak store just next to school every single day. Perhaps that is the secret to his life. On this episode, we speak about the travelling woes of a tubist, how chamber music has helped him develop as a musician, auditioning at different countries.Check out Concerts go Online organized by the Wind Band Association of Singapore to see Siang Hong in action along with other Singaporean talent!Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!  

Oct 2020

1 hr 16 min

It is fascinating for me to observe the growth and development of a peer, you will have to spend a substantial amount of time apart in order for you to measure the difference. Its a bit like weight lost/gain, you don't tend to realize it  yourself but someone that sees you for the first time in months will be able to tell the difference immediately. In the case of Ray, it has been wonderful to have someone to share ideas and struggles with. Throughout our time abroad, whenever we see each other, we would talk about the hindrance in our playing and how we wished we went to a teacher at younger age! But at this point, I start to realize that the learning and growing never stops and that we can never truly master an instrument but each day when we pick the instrument we learn to cope and negotiate with the instrument for the most optimal end product. More awareness and less mindlessness.Ray has been a good friend to bounce off ideas with and perhaps it is time for us to finally go on an artistic collaboration and venture together... On this episode, we speak about the confusion that is brought upon by his surname, how he celebrates his birthday with a fireworks display every year, his thoughts on the pros and cons of music school, the local trumpet scene and his idea of musical excellence.Check out The Trumpet StudioCheck out Wind Band Association of Singapore for Ray's upcoming performanceThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!  

Oct 2020

1 hr 10 min

My first dealings with Daniel was definitely a case of his reputation preceding him. I have never performed or worked with Daniel closely until 2017 for the performance of The Queen Symphony featuring Orchestra Collective and The Graduate Singers. The prior meeting with him was at a hotel lobby in Chiayi City in Taiwan where we were there at the World Association of Symphonic Band and Ensemble (WASBE) Conference representing different ensembles. Everything else that I have heard about this man has been hearsay from the experience of others and they do not paint him in the best light. I have heard that he is angsty, short-fused, and able to weaponize his words to inflict serious damage...Fast forward to February of 2018 I find myself on a flight to Amsterdam from Manchester to perform for Master's recital which included Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe, Mashima's Le Trois Notes du Japon and some new commissions. Bearing in mind, at this point in time, I still did not know Daniel very well so I really did not know what to expect. Turns out he was a fantastic host and showed some of the warmest hospitality that anyone would for a fellow Singaporean visiting him. Out of rehearsals, he went to craft beer tap rooms, endless amounts of specialty coffee cafes (even thought he is not a coffee drinker), Indonesian food, fantastic frites, herring sandwiches and copious amount of home cooked food by him. What I experienced certainly goes against what I have heard about him. It certainly has been an interesting few years knowing him. Now, we are working together in a quartet, is there disagreement? Of course, but nothing that can't be solved through a proper discussion!Check out Daniel's YouTube Channel below:Daniel's YouTube ChannelThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!  

Oct 2020

1 hr 15 min

As a music conservatory trained musician, I sometimes find myself in a dilemma, if I were to tell you that I never once doubted my career choice, I would be lying. A career change away from music can be deemed by our colleagues in the music industry as so and so can't quite "cut it" as a musician so he /she needs to pivot to something that is unrelated. Comparing this to say an accountant who decides to go into digital marketing is probably less likely to be judged by his/her colleagues as incompetent. That being said, I do believe that competency on our respective instrument(s) is no longer a selling point like in the 1800-1900s. I explained it a little more in depth in the episode.Yu Yao decided that after returning from London, he was not going to stay in the music industry but he began to build up his corporate experience and portfolio. Some might say that he took the easy way out, but I beg to differ. As a music graduate, I understand how under appreciated this 'nicely framed piece of paper' is when it comes to job application out of the music industry. More often than not, I think employers are more curious than genuinely thinking that you might be up for the job. However, it is not all doom and gloom, gaining this financial stability has allowed Yu Yao to participate in performances and gigs that is true to his artistic belief, something that many musicians yearn for. Check out Yu Yao's recent performance below:Crossing Borders | An Evening of Turkish Delight with Teo Yu Yao and Serhad SaricaThank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!  

Sep 2020

1 hr 10 min

After 16 episodes, I finally interviewed a guest whom I have never interacted with prior to our conversation, but lucky for me, this was a classic case of preceding reputation. I first came across Bernice when she won the President’s Young Performers’ Competition in 2016, which resulted in her concerto debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Since then, her career has gone from strength to strength, spending 2018 as Guest Co-Principal Oboe with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and currently based in London and earning positions in Academy programme organized by the London Sinfonietta and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.Accolades aside it was no surprise that Bernice deserved every ounce of success that she is enjoying at the moment. Many points that she brought up during the interview resonated with me - such as creating your own luck, sustaining her productivity during these difficult times and how she is providing value through her tireless work online. These are some of the primary ingredients to building up a successful career as a musician. We also spoke about the common dilemma musicians face with self-promotion. In this conversation with Bernice, she exudes a devotion to her craft, continuous pursuit of excellence and painstaking diligence in practice that is found in a great musician. This conversation has left me inspired and energized! To sum it all up, what a remarkable musician!To find out more about Bernice, visit her website here.Subscribe to Bernice's YouTube Channel to stay updated with her amazing content!Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!  

Sep 2020

1 hr 2 min

This episode is a brief reflection of what has been going on in my life since I was told not to work for the sake of my own safety. And I think I have gotten quite good at that... A month by month outlook between my last rehearsal to my upcoming rehearsal that is happening then this episode goes online. Coincidence??

Sep 2020

24 min 43 sec

Some words that comes to mind when we describe Western Classical music, Sophisticated? Elitist? Snobbish? Atas? Chim? Whatever the word might be for you, as musicians trained in the discipline of Western Classical music, we tend to go into a rabbit hole and tunnel vision, believing the pastures over in the Western world is greener, better and guarantees improvement in your craft to a level you can only dreamed about. I do agree that the western world includes nations that is considered the classical music mecca and schools of playing that appeals to you and it is always a good idea to broaden your own horizons by spending an extended period of time in such places. But ultimately, the idea of improving our craft comes from a dedication and eagerness from within. We could only wish that all we needed to attain performance enlightenment is a visa and an air ticket to the country of your choice. Therefore in any given situation, it is important that we find opportunities to learn, in respect of music, culture, social interactions, language just to name a few.At first when I heard that Mindy was going to Thailand as part of her exchange programme, I was shocked. Did she mistake her exchange for a holiday? The idea of moving west was so strong that I fail to see the other possibilities, more importantly understand one's decision. On hindsight, I believe that going to a country near home for exchange might not be all that bad after all. Tune in to find out what is going on in Mindy's life and why she made the decisions she did!Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast! You can get in touch with me through https://www.youplayawhat.com . Subscribe and share this podcast with your friends if you enjoyed the episode. Feel free to leave a rating and review on which ever platform you choose to listen to your podcast!  

Sep 2020

1 hr 6 min