Wei Ken, violin
Wei Ken began his violin lessons under Mr Ma Ying Chun at Suzuki Music School when he was only 4 years old. By the tender age of 9, he received a Merit in his Grade 8 ABRSM violin examination. Subsequently, he went under the tutelage of Mr Foo Say Ming, a first violinist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Under his guidance, Wei Ken obtained a distinction for a Licentiate in Violin performance, awarded by the Royal Schools of Music when he was just 18.
In 2008, Wei Ken, at the age of 14, made his first public debut with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) on the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto at the Esplanade Concert Hall for the 2008 Singapore Youth Festival. Subsequently, Wei Ken toured with the SNYO to Milan, Italy to perform the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto at Auditorium de Milano for the prestigious 10th Florence International Music Festival. In 2009, he was involved as an orchestra member playing for the 1st Asian Youth Games in Singapore and ChildAid 2009. In 2011, he represented Singapore along with SNYO for a 10-day trip in Aberdeen, Scotland for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
During the course of his musical journey, Wei Ken has had the opportunity to briefly study with renowned violinists including Associate Professor Qian Zhou of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Associate Professor Xie Nan of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and Professor Siow Lee Chin of the College of Charleston.
Aside from committing to a life as a student, Wei Ken enjoys playing inside various orchestras and groups. He has made an appearance in Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM), The Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO), ADDO Chamber Orchestra, the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra and still occasionally plays as an alumni member of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO). Wei Ken has also appeared in re:mix, led and directed by Mr Foo Say Ming.
Wei Ken has recently completed his National Service and is currently a student at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Mr Ng Yu-Ying with a full scholarship.