PARTNERSHIPS

Our partnerships with the wider music community are important to us. To inspire through music excellence, the Singapore Symphony Group has committed to a number of partnerships that enable us to create memorable shared experiences with music.

Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

The TMSO-SSO Exchange Programme started in 2009, as a partnership between two of Asia’s finest orchestras. Numerous exchanges have taken place over the last decade, where SSO and TMSO musicians are given the opportunity to experience performing in Tokyo and Singapore, respectively.

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SSO Associate Principal French Horn Marc-Antoine Robillard (far right) with the TMSO horn section in Tokyo in September 2018.
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TMSO Principal bassoonist Masayuki Okamoto with SSO bassoonist Christoph Wichert in Singapore in May 2018.

MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The MSO-SSO Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2018. The agreement will allow the two orchestras to embark on conductor, musician and administrative staff exchanges, perform in their respective cities, and co-commission works.

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MOU signing in Melbourne in September 2018 Left-Right: Mr David Krasnostein, MSO Board; Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia & Co Chair of the Australia Singapore Arts Group; Ms Sophie Galaise, Managing Director, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Senator, the Honourable Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications and the Arts; Mr Kwok Fook Seng, High Commissioner for the Republic of Singapore to Australia; and Mr Chng Hak-Peng, CEO of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
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SSO violist Ms Marietta Ku (left) at MSO rehearsal in May 2019.

SHANGHAI ORCHESTRA ACADEMY

Since 2016, the SSO has been providing opportunities for students enrolled at the SOA to come to Singapore and perform with the orchestra. Each exchange spans about two weeks, where students rehearse with their sections and gain practical experience in at least one performance.

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SOA student Quan Li Shuai (fifth from right) with SSO violinists in Singapore in April 2019

KARAJAN ACADEMY, BERLIN PHILHARMONIC

The SSO has established a partnership with the prestigious Karajan Academy in Berlin, where preprofessional musicians performing with the SSO may be offered the opportunity to train at the academy. There, musicians will receive instruction from members of the Berlin Philharmonic, participate in performances, and be prepared for the life of professional orchestral musicians.

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SSO percussionist Mario Choo with Berlin Philharmonic’s former chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle during his training at the Karajan Academy in 2017.
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SSO percussionist Mario Choo with Berlin Philharmonic’s Principal Timpanist Rainer Seegers in 2017.

INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

The SSO is affiliated to these international organisations:

  • Association of British Orchestras
  • League of American Orchestras
  • Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association

MUSIC COMMUNITY VENUE SUPPORT

As part of our mission to spread the love for music, nurture talent and enrich Singapore’s diverse communities, we support the local music community by extending our expertise and venue for their productions. Organisations we support include:

  • LASALLE College of the Arts (2015–2018)
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (since 2015)
  • reSound Collective (since 2016)
  • School of the Arts Singapore (since 2015)
  • Symphony 924’s Young Talents Project (since 2015)
  • The Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore (since 2018)
  • Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (since 2015)
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Young Talents Project by radio station Symphony 924, where finals are held at the Victoria Concert Hall with venue support from the Singapore Symphony Group.