The Young Musicians Fund Raising Performance - 25th March 2007

A Young Musicians Fund Raising Performance was organized and held on the 25th March 2007 by the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation (MYOF) to help raise funds for its programmes and activities for the year 2007 which includes music therapy program for the autistic children at the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM); music workshops, master classes and mini concerts for MYOF’s teachers Club’s students and a debut Music Competition of its kind - The Kuala Lumpur Music Festival on the 1st September 2007.

MYOF’s patron YABhg Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Hj Mohd Ali, who was accompanied by YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, graced this fund raising performance, which was held at the Banquet Hall of The Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur. It was an afternoon of delight and excellence delivered flawlessly by highly talented violinist Jane Ng and a group of young and talented music students.

The star performer, Jane Ng’s enormous potential was recognized by the award of a 4-year International Full Scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in 1999. She received cash contributions from MYOF in the last few years to further her music studies in the United Kingdom. Jane graduated with First Class Honours, obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Performance with Distinction, and Masters of Music Degree, where she was awarded a Full Scholarship from the Royal College of Music in London. She is now studying violin with Professor Yossi Zivoni on the Artist Diploma in Performance course at the Royal College of Music from September 2006 to July 2007. Since her arrival at the United Kingdom in 1999, she has won the Hastings Music Festival (String Concerto and Gold Medal Recital Categories) and the Hatfield Music Festival. In recent years, she has established herself as a dynamic and versatile musician, performing at various venues in England.

The afternoon’s performance started with a 20th Century piece for violin and piano by Benjamin Britten, delivered enthusiastically by Jane on the violin and Shuenda Wong on the piano. After two violin solo performance by Jane, the audiences were delighted to witness another outstanding performance by 14 years old Sulamite Chin from Temerloh. With only 4 years of violin lessons, Sulamite is a holder of two violin Diplomas from Trinity College London & Australian Music Examination Board. Currently a violinist in the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, she will be taking her AMEB L-MusA Violin Diploma exam in Melbourne later this year.

The 3rd soloist for the afternoon was 16 years old James Ng on his Cello. James delivered his piece “Requiebros” with confidence since he is a seasoned performer having taken part in the PJ Youth Chamber Orchestra, the Penang Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Grammer School Orchestra in Penang in the past. He is currently the cello leader in the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

15 years old Chan Su Yin took the stage after James and performed a beautiful piece by Camille Saint Saens. Having performed in several charity concerts before, Su Yin had no trouble delivering her piece with perfection. She is also a violinist in the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Jane Ng gave another expressive performance to close the 1st half of the concert with a Sonata by Johannes Brahms. After a short break, her last solo piece for the afternoon “Tzigane” by Ravel, was an inspiration to the music lovers among the audiences.

Having played with the entire soloists for the last 70 minutes, the accompanying pianist Shuenda Wong displayed no fatigue and delivered his performance with style in the final piece for the afternoon- Piano Concerto in E minor by Chopin.

The 21-year-old Shuenda is a prizewinner and finalist in several piano competitions locally and abroad. Recently returned from Germany after graduating from the Staatliche Musikhochschule Greiburg with distinction, Shuenda had performed in Tokyo, Manila, Brunei, Taiwan and China. He had also performed in the opening ceremony of the British Commonwealth Games 1998 in Bukit Jalil and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Meeting (APEC) in Dewan Filharmonik.
Jane, Sulamite, James and Su Yin accompanied Shuenda in this final piece along with Mabel Wong, Phua Xin Li, Leong Pui Ying and Tan Yee Lynn on violins, Lau Yew Hann on the viola and Chan Ling Chee on the Cello. Conductor, Ms Lai Mei Kuen directed the ensemble and ended the afternoon’s performance leaving most audiences with pride knowing that amongst Malaysian youth, there are indeed many promising and dedicated young musicians.

It is the belief of MYOF that the appreciation of orchestral music harness positive characteristics of our young as future leaders of this country so they could become better members of society. MYOF hopes to cultivate musically gifted youths and assist in the development and greater appreciation of orchestral music and the performing arts among Malaysian youth through a variety of free and subsidized programmes such as master classes, music competitions, concert performances, exposure to world-class musicians, and also through its financial assistance programmes.

This fund raising event has garnered support from corporate groups who subscribe to a positive development of the nation and the performing arts such as YTL Corporation Bhd, who is the main sponsor for this event. Contributions also came from the Harvard Club Malaysia, Resorts World Bhd, HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd, Maju Holdings Sdn Bhd, Astro All Asia Networks, Tenaga Nasional Bhd, YABhg Toh Puan Aishah Ong, Maxis Communications Bhd, Tuanku Najihah Foundation, Sri Inderajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd, AmInvestment Management Sdn Bhd, Prince Hotel & Residence and Pianotec Music Centre.