In memory of our dear first violin Sui Jing Jing (1958-2018)
On 2 November, we dedicated the SSO concert, “Debussy 100: La Mer”, to our cherished friend and colleague, First Violin Sui Jing Jing.
Jing Jing joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as a First Violinist and was a member of the orchestra for close to 32 years. He began violin lessons at the age of six and in 1974 joined the Zhongzheng Opera and Dance Orchestra, Beijing, holding the position of second Concert Master. In 1981 he joined the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra as First Violin, before coming to Singapore to join our national orchestra in 1987.
While playing for the SSO, in the 1990s to 2000s, Jing Jing was also a member of the Jade Quartet, together with SSO co-concertmaster Lynnette Seah.
“Jing Jing was a well-loved teacher to his students, and we will remember him for his role in nurturing the next generation of musicians, as well as his contributions to the growth of the SSO. We will miss his kind and warm presence dearly.” - SSO concert dedication to First Violin Sui Jin Jing (1958–2018)
At the start of the SSO concert, Music Director Lan Shui described Jing Jing’s genial personality – as a fun-loving member of the orchestra who was always ready to help fellow musicians. Jing Jing was also a respected violin tutor and a public condolence book was filled with dedications from appreciative students saddened by the news of his passing.
Jing Jing, who was 60, passed away from illness in Shanghai in October and is survived by his wife Gu Wenli, also a First Violin in the SSO. We thank everyone for their kind condolences.