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First two recipients receive Abisheganaden arts grant for young music talents

Published on Feb 27, 2013 2:41 PM

Two up-and-coming Singaporean music talents, conductor Wong Kah Chun and composer Emily Koh, are the first two recipients of the Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence.

The grant, set up as a tribute to the late music pioneer, recognises emerging young talent in the performing arts among students and alumni of the National University of Singapore (NUS). Recipients receive up to $10,000 each, depending on the courses they take. The grant is administered by the NUS Centre For The Arts (CFA).

On the two winners, Ms Christine Khor, 62, director of NUS CFA, says: "They have outstanding talent and potential in music despite being only 26 years old, as well as having made strong contributions to the community at key NUS events such as the NUS Arts Festival. This is in the spirit of Paul Abisheganaden, who displayed strong musicianship and contribution to the community."

Mr Wong attended the award presentation ceremony today at the NUS University Cultural Centre, but Ms Koh, who is in Boston as associate director of the Boston New Music Initiative concert series, was unable to be there.

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