Bach ContinuumOrganised by: The Arts House
Performed by: Kam Ning and Loh Jun Hong
Featuring internationally acclaimed Singaporean violinists Kam Ning and Loh Jun Hong, be captivated by their presentation of the complete set of six sonatas and partitas by one of the greatest composers of the Baroque period, Johann Sebastian Bach.
The three Bach sonatas, in the form of the sonate da chiesa (for the church), and the three Bach partitas, in the form of sonate da camera (for dancing in the chamber or room) will be paired with the Bartok solo violin sonata and the Ysaÿe solo violin sonata No.2, both of which were inspired by the Bach 6.
Join these musicians for both evenings to experience the full suite of the Bach 6!
Programme for 15 Jun:
BACH - Sonata No. 1
BACH - Partita No. 1
BACH - Sonata No. 2
BARTOK - Sonata for Solo Violin
Programme for 16 Jun:
BACH - Partita No. 2
BACH - Sonata No. 3
BACH - Partita No. 3
YSAŸE - Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin
About the artists:
Hailed by Strad magazine as a "strong artistic personality", Singaporean violinist Ning Kam has gone on to perform all over the world. Since becoming the Second Prizewinner at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2001, she has performed under conductors such as the late Yehudi Menuhin, Lorin Maazel, Okko Kamu and Lan Shui with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic.
Ning released her debut recording in 1997 with the works of Enesco, Sarasate and her father, Kam Kee Yong. Since then she has released Transatlantic on the Cypres label, Cicada, featuring the music of Kam Kee Yong, Road Movies on Meridian Records and Works by Stravinsky, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev on Etcetera Records. Her recordings have earned rave reviews from American Record Guide, Fanfare Magazine, Klara Radio, Opus Klassiek and Crescendo Magazine.
Since 2011, she has been the Artistic Director of Het Kamerorkest Brugge and has been invited to guest direct other conductorless orchestras. Ning is also a founding member of Loco Motive, a bluegrass, jazz and funk trio with cellist, Sebastien Walnier and double bassist, Lisa De Boos.
Ning Kam plays on a 1658 Nicolas Amati on generous loan from the Rin Collection, Singapore.
Loh Jun Hong
Singaporean violinist Jun Hong Loh is an alumnus of the Verbier Festival, Switzerland, where he led the festival orchestra for numerous concerts as concertmaster and associate concertmaster under the baton of Charles Dutoit, Daniel Harding, Valery Gergiev and Gianandrea Noseda.
A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS, Jun Hong's performance track record ranges from performances in Alice Tully Hall, New York, to solos in UK, France and Berlin, to concerto appearances in New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Phillipines, Vietnam and Indonesia.
He has won numerous awards, including notably 1st Prize at Gisborne International Music Competition, 1st Prize at the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, 3rd Prize at the 13th Andrea Postacchini International Competition held in Fermo, Italy, and the Best Singaporean Award at the Singaporean International Violin Competition.
Intent on developing the chamber music scene in his home country, he co-founded More than Music; a concert series dedicated to presenting engaging and intimate concerts for audiences. Aside from producing concerts, he is also active in the education scene as guest lecturer at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and coach of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.
He plays on a 1726 Mezzadri on generous loan to him from the Rin Collection.
Lee Chor Lin (producer)
Lee Chor Lin, art historian and museum specialist, formerly CEO of the Arts House Limited (2013 – 2016) and Director of National Museum of Singapore (2003 – 2013), began her museum career in 1985. Lee has wide experience in research, curating, writing and programming on Southeast Asian and Chinese collections.
Since 2005, Lee has been programming to integrate performing art, film and music in museum spaces and exhibition contexts. Some of Lee's notable commissions at the National Museum are Old Man and the River (Royston Tan, 2003), Sumptuous Feasting Song (HanTang Yuefu, 2006), Tony Prabowo in Concert (2007), In His Time: the Films of Edward Yang (2011), Music at an Exhibition, a concert series for classical chamber music played in situ masterpiece exhibitions from great European museums (Musée d'Orsay, 2012; the Princely Collection of Lichtenstein, 2013), Majulah! The Film Music of Zubir Said (2012), Goh Lay Kuan & Kuo Pao Kun, a play by Ong Keng Seng for the exhibition Life of Practice – Kuo Pao Kun. Lee also commissioned the first four editions of the precinct revitalising Night Festival, 2008 – 2011.
For her work in museum and the arts, Lee was conferred Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France (2009) and Cavaliere, Ordine della Stella d'Italia by Italy (2012).