Quek Ling Kiong was recipient of the National Arts Council’s (NAC) Singapore Young Artist Award (2002) and the inaugural NAC Cultural Fellowship (2013). He studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the NAC Overseas Scholarship, as well as the Lee Foundation and Singapore Hokkien Huay Kwan scholarships. He learned Chinese percussion from renowned masters Li Min Xiong, Li Zhen Gui, An Zhi Shun and Zhu Xiao Lin, and Western classical percussion from Xue Bao Lun. He joined SCO and became its Percussion Principal in 1997.
Quek Ling Kiong learned conducting from Cultural Medallion recipient Tay Teow Kiat and famed Chinese conductor Xia Fei Yun. He attended the workshops and masterclasses of such luminaries as Tsung Yeh, Kirk Trevor, Colin Metters and Harold Farberman as well as Johannes Schlaefli, Marc Kissoczy, Oleg Proskumya and Leonid Korchmar. Quek Ling Kiong became SCO’s first Conducting Assistant in 2003. In 2004, he became SCO’s Assistant Conductor as well as the Conductor for the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra (SYCO). In 2006 and 2013, he led SYCO to perform at the Tainan International Arts Festival and Hsinchu Chinese Music Festival in Taiwan respectively.
Besides conducting orchestras in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia, he has conducted symphony orchestras in Europe cities. In 2006, under the NAC overseas bursary and scholarship from the Hokkien Huay Kwan, Ling Kiong went on to pursue Conducting Studies in Zurich, Switzerland. He obtained his Diploma in Advanced Studies from Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in 2007. In 2008, he was promoted to Associate Conductor.
During his appointment, he introduced and choreographed many well-received SCO concerts – SCO’s Mother’s Day Concert, Concerts for Children, Community Series concerts, Outdoor Rhapsody, Caring Series concerts and Lunchtime Concerts. Quek Ling Kiong is currently an adjunct teacher at the Singapore School Of The Arts and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Quek Ling Kiong was promoted to SCO’s Resident Conductor from 1 January 2013.
Besides the SCO, Ling Kiong also conducts the Ding Yi Music Company. Under his leadership, the ensemble has presented major events including ‘Composium 2012’ – the first international composition competition for Chinese Chamber Music and in 2013 the first international Chinese Chamber Music Festival that marked a historical step of Chinese Music Development of Singapore.
Ling Kiong can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org