It was a spectacular performance from our distinguished guests, internationally renowned cellist Li-Wei Qin and pianist Naomi Iwase at the Springtime Harmony concert last night. For a second year in a row, they played to a full house of students and parents in The Moot and treated the audience to a captivating evening of music!
The programme included pieces by Chopin, Schubert, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Sollima, Jerome Ducros and Rachmaninoff. An exclusive Universal Music China Artist, cellist Li-Wei has appeared all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician. Concert pianist and TTS Foundation Artist-in-Residence, Naomi is a top prize-winner at numerous international competitions and performs throughout Europe, the Far East and America. For their bios, please click here.
In an interview with Naomi, we asked:
How did you choose the music for the Springtime Harmony concert?
We chose pieces that we feel are accessible to an audience of all ages. We also wanted to create balance across the whole programme in terms of speed and character.
What do you most enjoy about your collaboration?
I have known Li-Wei for 25 years. We used to play in a piano trio together, travelling around Europe. We are so familiar with the way each other play, and I really enjoy his spontaneity and musicality.
What's your proudest moment in your career?
When I was 19 years old, I played Chopin concerto with orchestra in front of an audience of around 1,000 people.
It was my dream to play this specific concerto since I was a little girl, and it was a dream come true to play it in Poland where Chopin is from.
What advice would you have for aspiring musicians at Tanglin?
To remember that music is imagination. It's a form of escapism, whether you're listening or playing. As always, playing requires discipline and a lot of practice!
Mr Considine, CEO thanked both performers saying: "This was pretty special for a Wednesday evening! We have all been mesmerized and taken on a musical journey spanning countries, continents and musical styles. I hope that the many young people in the audience this evening continue to develop their love of music and have been inspired by these wonderful musicians."