Dr Tay Teow Kiat is President of the Singapore Chinese Music Federation and Music Director of City Chinese Orchestra, Dunman High School Performing Arts Centre, and Dingyi Music Company. He holds a PhD from Beijing Normal University, where he has conducted research on the art of conducting traditional Chinese music. He iss a receipient of The Efficiency Medal (Pingat Berkebolehan, 1989), the Long Service Award in Education (1997), as well as a Special Commendation from Singapore’s Ministry of Education for contributions to traditional Chinese music (1991). Dr Tay was the sole recipient of Singapore’s highest award in the arts, the Cultural Medallion, in 1993.
Dr Tay has contributed to the development of traditional Chinese music in Singapore for over forty years. He began his pursuit of Chinese music by learning the sanxian from veteran sanxian musician Mr. Yang Haoran, before furthering his studies and critical appreciation of traditional Chinese music with Professor Li Yi from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in the 1980s. In 1999, Dr Tay learnt conducting from reknowned conductor Professor Cao Peng.
Since 1985, Dr Tay has accepted invitations to conduct professional and conservatory Chinese orchestras all over China, in places such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shanxi, Shandong, Baotou, Jiangsu, Henan and Fujian. He has also been guest conductor to the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Throughout the years, Dr Tay has been adjudicator, guest of honor, panelist and advisor to conferences, competitions and musical events in the United States, Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
Since 1982, Dr Tay has also led the City Chinese Orchestra and Dunman High School Chinese Orchestra on successful concert tours to Thailand, Hong Kong, Taipei, Kaoshiung, East and West Malaysia, Brunei, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Zhanjiang, Tianjin, Guilin, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Suzhou, Jiangyin, Shenyang, Changchun, Longkou, Xi’an, Zhengzhou, Nantong, Hangzhou, Tainan, Taoyuan, and Hsinchu.
Throughout the years, Dr Tay has received much attention for his conducting style and musical ability. In 1992, the influential Chinese music journal People’s Music commented that Dr Tay’s conducting is “rigorous, accurate, robust and lucid, and possesses a strong sense of proportion, while retaining a degree of unfettered grace. Dr Tay is deeply cultivated in traditional Chinese musical arts, and can accurately grasp the different styles of music so as to profoundly portray the meaning of each piece he conducts. Under his baton, the thoughts and intentions of a hundred people are unified to present vividly the mood and charm of different musical styles. Tay’s standard of conducting and ability to develop an orchestra leave one in awe…”
Dr Tay can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org