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Chinese flute meets Indian dance

Chinese flute player Tan Qing Lun teams up with Indian artists while pianist Nabillah Jalal puts on her first Mozart concerto

Published on Jul 30, 2014 5:45 PM

Two young Singaporean musicians show their mettle in concerts next month.

Dizi player Tan Qing Lun, 26, shows off his venu or Indian flute skills in a performance on Tuesday, while pianist Nabillah Jalal, 21 and a student at London's prestigious Royal College of Music, plays her first Mozart concerto on Aug 16.

Two years into her bachelor's degree in music, Nabillah is both excited and nervous about her concerto debut - Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 - at a fund-raiser with the Young Musician's Foundation Orchestra. She shares top billing with 11-year-old flute prodigy Nikolai Song.

Her appearance is at the invitation of the orchestra's founder, Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang, who set up the foundation to help needy talented students to play internationally.

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Background story

"Before I started this, I had no idea what Indian music was. Now I know raagas and taals - it's really a different language."

Dizi player Tan Qing Lun on why he began learning the Indian flute under music educator Ghanavenothan Retnam. With them is dancer Shivashni Kummar

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Where: Esplanade Recital Studio

When: Tuesday, 7.30pm

Admission: $20 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to sistic.com.sg)


Where: Raffles Institution Performing Arts Centre, 1 Raffles Institution Lane

When: Aug 16, 4pm

Admission: Donation tickets at $101, including food and drink (e-mail tymforchestra@gmail.com), $30 ordinary tickets (from www.apesnap.com or at the door)