Ding Yi Music Company to collaborate with Korean ensemble PHASE for ‘Musical Frontiers’ concert on Nov 1

The concert will be Ding Yi Music Company’s fourth edition of ‘Musical Frontiers,’ which makes its return after its last instalment in 2019.

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Published: 6 October 2023, 2:50 PM

Lovers of live music can look out for the fourth edition of Ding Yi Music Company’s Musical Frontiers series, which will swoop into Esplanade Recital Studio at 7.30 pm on Nov 1. 

The Company will collaborate with ensemble PHASE, a group of Korean musicians, to blend and bridge the styles of each culture’s music in a performance that will play attendees’ hearts like a fiddle (or, more fittingly, a guzheng).

ensemble PHASE is known to experiment with Korean instruments to create and perform new repertoires. They have previously performed classical Korean ensemble pieces, folk solo pieces, and contemporary repertoires re-arranged and composed for Korean instruments.  


Ding Yi Music Company’s last instalment of ‘Musical Frontiers’ took place in 2019, where they collaborated with Suc Song Mai, a Vietnamese bamboo ensemble. PHOTO CREDIT: DING YI MUSIC COMPANY


The collaboration concert, which aims to “break down barriers and rewrite the narrative of cross-cultural musical exploration”, will last for 75 minutes, with no interval.

A song specially composed for the concert, titled Song of Rainbow Skirts and Feather Robes, will make its world premiere at the event. 

It was composed by Gao Weijie, a celebrated musical artist who is highly involved in China’s music scene, sitting on the board of Sichuan Conservatory’s composition department. He also teaches composition and music analysis at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

Ding Yi Music Company, established in 2007, comprises accomplished Chinese instrumentalists who explore traditional and contemporary Chinese chamber music, to draw out a uniquely Singaporean sound from their productions. PHOTO CREDIT: DING YI MUSIC COMPANY


Concert attendees can also expect to be swept away by Guest Conductor Lien Boon Hua, the Artistic Director of Wayfarer Sinfonietta and the newly-appointed Guest Conductor of the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra.

Highlights among the star-studded list of performers to look out for include a solo performance of Taiwan Blue Magpie by the acclaimed Tan Jie Qing, Ding Yi Music Company’s yangqin musician. 

Another featured musician who may strike a chord with attendees is Kim Minju of ensemble PHASE, who is the most active young geomungo performer. She will play Riding the Winds and Waves, showcasing her mastery of the instrument – a traditional plucked Korean zither. 


Kim Minju, who holds a Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University, won the first (gold) prize at the 57th Dong-A Korean Music Competition. PHOTO CREDIT: DING YI MUSIC COMPANY


While the rating of the concert’s content is general, children below the age of six will not be admitted to the concert. Photography, video and audio recording is not permitted. 

Tickets cost $28 under standard pricing. 

A group discount will be available for purchases involving a minimum of four tickets, at $18 per ticket. 

Those eligible for concession pricing can enjoy discounted tickets at $20. Concession is applicable for Senior Citizens (aged 60 years and above with valid identification), National Servicemen (with valid 11B Passes), and students (with valid student pass).

PAssion Card members and OCBC Arts Platinum Card members will receive a 15 per cent discount, while other OCBC card members are eligible for a 10 per cent discount. 

Tickets to the concert are available on Sistic’s website.  

More information on the event’s details is available on Ding Yi Music Company’s website.

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