Conductor - Quek Ling Kiong
Quek Ling Kiong received the Singapore Young Artist Award in 2002 and learned conducting from Cultural Medallion recipient Dr Tay Teow Kiat and famed Chinese conductor Xia Fei Yun. Ling Kiong’s career in professional conducting took off when he became the Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s first Conductor Assistant in 2003 where he came under the mentorship of Maestro Tsung Yeh. In 2004, he became SCO’s Assistant Conductor as well as the Conductor of the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra (SYCO).
During his appointment, he introduced and choreographed well-received SCO concerts such as the Young Children’s Concert and Young People’s Concert. In 2006, he led SYCO to perform at the International Arts Festival in Tainan, Taiwan. Ling Kiong has made appearances in Eastern Europe, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, both Chinese orchestra and symphony orchestra.
He graduated as a professional percussionist from Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1997 on scholarship from the National Arts Council (NAC), the Lee Foundation and Singapore Hokkien Huay Kwan. In September 2006, Ling Kiong was again awarded the NAC overseas bursary and Hokkien Huay Kwan scholarship to pursue Conducting Studies, obtaining his Diploma in Advanced Studies from Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in 2008, Switzerland. Upon his return in 2008, Ling Kiong was promoted to Associate Conductor. In 2011, Ling Kiong is invited to be the Conductor of Ding Yi Music Company.
In 2013 he is further promoted to Resident Conductor of Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Ling Kiong is also currently an adjunct teacher at the Singapore School Of The Arts and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.