Rise and shine: Young S’pore composers writing the right notes

Music institutions here are producing a stream of composers as more ensembles commission and perform local work

While concert musicians get the lion's share of the limelight, composers - who spend hours alone in front of their manuscripts and computers - can often seem like shadowy figures. But a noteworthy crop of young Singapore composers is coming into its own.

"We now have a very strong composer scene," observes conductor Adrian Chiang, 43, who commissions local composers to write music for his ensembles.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2021, with the headline 'Rise and shine: Young S’pore composers writing the right notes'. Subscribe