Born in Singapore, Chua Yew Kok began his musical pursuits with the Pipa at the age of 14. Within six years, Yew Kok clinched his first major award, winning 1st prize at the National Chinese Music Competition, Pipa Open Category. Since graduating with a BA (Hons) in Music from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) ,Yew Kok has forged an impressive career as a Pipa instrumentalist, and mentor to aspiring Pipa students. In 2013, he received the NAC Arts Scholarship to pursue a Masters in Music at the China Conservatory, Beijing. In the same year , he was conferred the Young artist award.
As a Pipa concert soloist, Yew Kok’s artistry has been recognised through myriad presentation and competition platforms. In 2002, he was awarded the Outstanding Performer Prize in the First Youth Artistry Chinese Traditional Instrument Solo Competition for Youths held in Beijing. Thereafter in 2005, he achieved 2nd Prize in the Dun Huang (Yun) Cup Pipa Competition in Hong Kong. Yew Kok has also been selected as a soloist for various works and premieres, including the Ong Teng Cheong Concert (2004) and Spotlight Singapore in Tokyo (2006).
Performing a diverse range of repertoire Yew Kok has presented works by world renown contemporary composers Chen Yi ( “The Points” , “ Chinese Fables” ) ,Tan Dun ( Ghost Oprea) , Law wing Fai (Ink Spirit , Anecdotic drawing) has been exploring new works by cooperating with local young composers in hope to promote and the expand the art of pipa playing. In the recent years, he has been actively performing in many international Arts Festival, such as China, Taiwan, Hongkong, Australia, Wales, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia.Notably, he has work under numerous renown conductor, Mr Cao Wen Gong, Dr Tay Teow Kiat, Mr Quek Ling kiong and Maestro Lim Yau.
Yew Kok has also been involved with several notable ensembles and orchestras, including the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. In 2007, he co-founded Ding Yi Music Company, one of Singapore’s most distinctive Chinese chamber music ensembles, which he has led to excellence in local and international competitions. In 2008, the Ding Yi Company Ensemble was awarded 1st prize at the National Chinese Music Competition (Ensemble Open Category). The ensemble has also received 1st prize in the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod held in Wales, UK, and the Silver Award at the 28th Shanghai Spring International Music Festival.
Contributing to the development of Singapore’s Chinese orchestral scene, Yew Kok currently serves as the Soloist Musician of the Ding Yi Music Company and the Secretariat of Singapore Pipa Society.
Yew Kok can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org