Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Founded 1979

Singapore Symphony Orchestra



The premier Asian orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra is rapidly gaining recognition around the world. The orchestra aims to reinforce the local cultural scene, serving as a connection between the musical traditions of Asia and the Western countries, and providing artistic inspiration, entertainment and education.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is a full-time professional orchestra consisting of 96 talented artists. The SSO’s performing home is the Esplanade Concert Hall, and they also perform regularly at the Victoria Concert Hall, home of the SSO since 1979. Every year the orchestra performs over 50 symphony programmes. Their comprehensive repertoire ranges from everlasting favourites and orchestral masterpieces to astonishing avant-garde premieres, with Asian and Singaporean musicians and composers featuring prominently in the concert season.

The orchestra made its debut at the BBC Proms in London in 2014, a concert which recieved heavy praise in the leading UK newspapers, such as The Guardian and Telegraph. They’ve toured extensively through the years. During their 6-city tour of London and Germany, which included a concert at the Berlin Philharmonie, the orchestra garnered rave reviews from The Times and Seuddeutsche Zeitung. Furthermore, they’ve also performed in the United States, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, France, Spain and Turkey.

Ever since Lan Shui was appointed the position of Music Director in 1997, the orchestra has been distinguished by a high level of excellence and a rising international profile. The former Music Director, Choo Hoey, was credited for establishing diverse programming within the SSO.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra exclusively records for the record label BIS and a number of these recordings have received international acclaim, including theRachmaninov series, the album Seascapes which features a compilation of sea-themed music byDebussy, Frank Bridge, Glazunov and Zhou Long, and the premiere cycle of Tcherepnin’s piano concertos and symphonies. The orchestra has also recorded the music of the renowned Chen Yi, Bright Sheng, Karl Goldmark and Richard Yardumian, working closely with such great artists as Gil Shaham, Evelyn Glennie, Cho-Liang Lin, Norika Ogawa, Yevgeny Sudbin, Sharon Bezaly, Claude Delangle, Christian Lindberg and Martin Frost.

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