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Award-winning violinist enjoys being a professional musician despite job being less stable

Published on Aug 5, 2014 2:27 PM
Singaporean concert violinist Alan Choo, who won this year's Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Award. -- ST PHOTO: STEFFI KOH

When Singaporean concert violinist Alan Choo was seven years old, he told his primary school teacher that he wanted to be an astronaut when he grew up.

While Choo, now 23 and a professional musician, dismisses his choice of ambition back then as "childish", he says in hindsight that it was perhaps a harbinger of the less typical career path he has taken anyway.

He says with a laugh: "I think if you want to be an astronaut as a kid, that already says something about you. I was never one to go for a mainstream or ordinary job and I like going down a route that is less tried out."

Taking the road less travelled has certainly made all the difference for Choo, who has just won this year's Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Award. He beat three others on the shortlist after an audition where each musician played three pieces for a panel of judges.

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