Hsiao Shan, cello
Hsiao Shan began playing the cello at the age of ten, and was a student of Herminia Ilano and Zhao Yu Er. In 2008, she was accepted as a cello major at the newly established School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA), and came under the tutelage of Dr. Park So Youn. In 2013, she was awarded full scholarship to pursue her graduate degree in Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (NUS) under the principal cellist of Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) Pei-Sian Ng. She is currently in her first year at the conservatory.
In her six years at SOTA, Hsiao Shan has performed in solo, chamber and orchestral works at the SOTA Arts Festival and other school events, and has led the cello section of the SOTA String Ensemble since 2009. She has also played in cello masterclasses with David Commanday (USA), Franz Bartolomey (Vienna) and Inbal Meggido (Israel). As a student in one of Asia’s top international conservatories, Hsiao Shan involves herself regularly in solo and chamber performances in and out of the conservatory.
Being a budding chamber musician, she was awarded Most Outstanding Performer (Chamber Music) at SOTA and Most Outstanding Player (String Section) by Singapore National Youth Orchestra. Hsiao Shan also participated in several chamber masterclasses, both locally and abroad with Dr. John Marshall, Dr. Thomas Lymenstull and Professor Bernard Lanskey. Alongside her SOTA string quartet, she was given many opportunities to perform for events, including the 2009 MICA Cultural Medallion Awards at The Istana.
An avid and enthusiastic orchestra musician, Hsiao Shan has performed under conductors Alexander Polishcuk, Chan Tze Law, Darrell Ang, Paul Salerni, David Holland, Lim Soon Lee and Leonard Tan amongst others. She is an active member of the leading young ensembles in Singapore – the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) and the Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM) – and performs regularly with both groups in internationally acclaimed performances and recordings. Hsiao Shan is currently leading the cello section of OMM. Recently, she collaborated with the Indian Fusion Ensemble from Temple of Fine Arts, Singapore for a concert tour in Southeast Asia.
Abroad, Hsiao Shan has participated in the Interlochen Summer Camp (USA), and was selected by her school to perform at the inaugural Shanghai Middle School Baroque Festival 2010. Being an orchestral musician has brought her to Aberdeen (UK) with the SNYO and with OMM on successful international tours to Penang (Malaysia), Cheltenham and Lichfield Music Festivals (UK).
Believing in the importance of giving back to the community has led her to perform with OMM in ChildAid 2010 and 2012, and various charity events, and she was also part of the World Youth Orchestra during the Singapore Games for the opening of the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. In 2011, she led a youthful team in organizing the inaugural OMM String Camp, which brought together young musicians and gave them an opportunity to perform in the Esplanade Concert Hall. The string camp has been a successful project and has been subsequently held annually for the past 2 years. She has also been teaching privately for 2 years, and coaches the cello and bass section of Singapore Chinese Girls’ School (SCGS) and Methodist Girls’ School.
With a rich performing experience, Hsiao Shan is frequently invited to play for various gigs and concert appearances for external events like the Singapore Prestige Brands Awards 2011. She hopes to pursue a degree in music and go on to share her experience and educate the next batch of Singapore musicians. Ideally, Hsiao Shan also hopes to advocate a more vibrant arts scene and inspire subsequent generations.