Stephen Riady endows SSO Principal Flute Chair

Published on 06 May 2022

Jin Ta, Principal Flute, Stephen Riady Chair

SSO names third endowed chair following first major donation since the pandemic began

Singapore, 6 May 2022 — The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is naming a chair after Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive of OUE Limited, Dr Stephen Riady, following the donation of a major gift to the orchestra.

The Principal Flute, Stephen Riady Chair, acknowledges the first major donation to the orchestra since the pandemic began, and will be effective from the orchestra’s 2022/23 season beginning in July 2022. The position is currently held by Jin Ta, who joined SSO in 1998 and is one of the orchestra’s most prominent musicians with an international following. This is the third named chair of the orchestra, following Principal Cello, The Head Foundation Chair in 2019 and GK Goh Concertmaster Chair in 2017. This is also the first named woodwind chair in the orchestra’s history.

“I am pleased to play a small part in supporting Singapore’s national orchestra. The SSO is the heartbeat of Singapore’s arts and culture scene. Through sponsoring the Principal Flute Chair held by Jin Ta, an advocate for education and community engagement in classical music, I hope that more people will have an opportunity to appreciate the elegant sound of the flute and understand the important role it plays in the orchestra,” said Dr Stephen Riady.

Gift will go a long way in supporting the orchestra

As the industry emerges from the pandemic after more than two years of disruption, the donation will help set SSO up for a strong recovery, as the orchestra looks forward to continue enriching and inspiring audiences with its music.

This major gift will be directed to SSO’s Endowment Fund to help build long-term financial security for the orchestra. In common with symphony orchestras around the world, the SSO relies on a combination of public grants, private donations and investment income from its Endowment Fund to supplement ticket sales in meeting its operating costs.

Mr Goh Yew Lin, Chair, Singapore Symphony Group said, “SSO is thrilled to receive this gift from Dr Stephen Riady as we draw a close to the season and enter the new one with much hope. The generous support will help us continue to create memorable shared experiences for audiences at home and abroad, bringing comfort and inspiration through our work.”

Audiences can catch Jin Ta in a free online concert, Flurry of the Flute, which will be streamed on SSOLOUNGE on 12 May. SSO’s new digital platform enables audiences to enjoy live performances, pre-recorded masterworks and premieres from the comfort of their own screens.

Jin Ta will also star in a live performance of Mozart’s delightful Flute & Harp Concerto in November 2022, part of the new season that has yet to be announced.

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Founded in 1979, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is Singapore’s flagship orchestra, touching lives through classical music and providing the heartbeat of the cultural scene. In addition to its subscription series concerts, the SSO is also known for its outdoor and community appearances. The orchestra also presents intimate chamber performances in the VCHpresents series, the annual Singapore International Piano Festival (SIPF) and the biennial National Piano and Violin Competition (NPVC) at the Victoria Concert Hall, Home of the SSO. The SSO is part of the Singapore Symphony Group, which also manages the Singapore Symphony Choruses, and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. The mission of the Group is to create memorable shared experiences with music. Through the SSO and its affiliated performing groups, we spread the love for music, nurture talent and enrich our diverse communities.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra was nominated for Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year Award 2021 and it has clinched third place for this prestigious award.

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Launched in September 2021, the SSO’s streaming platform SSOLOUNGE allows audiences to watch live and pre-recorded masterworks of great composers, as well as premieres of classical performances from the comfort of their own screens. From reliving the best of Mozart’s concertos to revelling in the passages of lyrical grace from Romantic works, SSO fans and concertgoers can enjoy access to a repository of digital premieres and archived concerts. SSOLOUNGE comes with two subscription options: the 12M Premium All-Access Pass offers exclusive access to archived concerts, as well as 90-day unlimited access for new releases, and the Single Access Pass which allows the user to view one concert for 30 days.

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