Memos of Heritage: From Schummann to Rachmaninoff and Beyond
Eunice Koh is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts at University of South Carolina with Professor Claire Bryant. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with her Masters under the tutelage of Dr. Eric Lenz, and received her Bachelor of Music with Honours from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts – Royal College of Music, under the guidance of Professors Zhao Yu Er and Amanda Truelove. A versatile and active cellist of the musical scene, Eunice believes in sharing memorable and diverse experiences with a global audience through the curation of engaging programmes and cross-cultural collaborations. She is also passionate about sharing her experiences through teaching and learning with each student’s musical growth. Maintaining intensive chamber music activities and performing with different musical genres locally and internationally, are examples of her willingness to adapt and grow. Eunice is a firm believer of exploring various styles and genres of performing. She regularly performs and curates solo and chamber programmes. She is an avid advocate for world music and is constantly researching on performance practices of different cultures. Some Strings Attached, a chamber ensemble collectively founded by Eunice and four other musicians, represents her passion for chamber music making and connecting with her audiences. Eunice is also part of two Singapore based ensembles – Stringwerkz and Open Score Project. Stringwerkz is an award winning Chinese Chamber Quintet comprising of four Erhu musicians and a cellist. They had organised and performed recitals in Singapore and two recitals in Hamline University, Minnesota in 2018 and 2019. Apart from recitals, Stringwerkz often curate community performances, school workshops, and performing in hospitals. Open Score Project is a multi-ethnic syncretic ensemble that was invited to perform in Hanoi and Shanghai for Singapore Festival and Singapore Day respectively. They also realised a community engaging project titled Arts in Your Neighbourhood, by building a physical engaging platform to engage audiences of all ages in the heartlands of Singapore. She is also a cellist that actively collaborates with other art disciplines such as, dance, theatre, poetry and visual arts. Her experience with orchestral performing as section and principal cellist include, Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, Aiken Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Lyric Opera, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers, Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra, Re: mix. Chee-Hang See is a prize-winning Singaporean pianist, composer, and conductor who has been called “a cool and confident performer” by the Charleston City Paper. After an appearance at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, CharlestonToday.net wrote that “he displayed absolute clarity and through his refined dynamic range brought gorgeous contrasts to each section”, and is termed an “expert and sympathetic collaborator” by Fanfare Magazine. He has performed in concert series and festivals such as the Internacional Festival de Colonia (Uruguay), Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Musicale (SC), South Carolina Chamber Music Festival, Chicago Duo Piano Festival, Hawaii International Cultural Arts Festival, and Piccolo Spoleto Festival (SC). He has soloed with the Montevideo Philharmonic (Uruguay), Charleston Symphony, Toa Payoh West Chinese Orchestra (Singapore), Bela Bartok Orchestra (Italy), among others. His debut album “Violin Transcriptions”, featuring works by Rachmaninoff and Muczynski, was released in 2014. In 2022, with trumpeter Antonio Marti, the CD “Spanish Journey” with works for trumpet and piano was released on Centaur Records. The CD was awarded the Silver Medal in the Global Music Awards 2022. Chee-Hang is music director of the Remington Concert Series in Mt. Pleasant, SC. He has taught at the Charleston Academy of Music, where he founded and conducted its New Music Ensemble. He has served as repetiteur/assistant conductor of Holy City Arts and Lyric Opera, The Opera People, and pianist with Charleston Symphony, Astralis Chamber Ensemble, and Chamber Music Charleston. He has won the Boosey and Hawkes Score-Video Contest, and received prizes in the Carl E. Baldassarre Composer/Performer Competition, International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. and LaGrange Orchestra Young Artist Competition in G.A., among others. As a composer, his works for small and large ensembles have been premiered in Singapore and in the U.S. Chee-Hang holds degrees and diplomas from the Cleveland Institute of Music, College of Charleston, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London. He has studied with Sandra Shapiro, Enrique Graf, and Dr. Wong Joon Hwang, and participated in masterclasses with such world-renowned pianists as Ilana Vered, Michael Lewin, Eric Larsen, Anne Epperson, and Beatrice Long. He is represented by Price Attractions. For more information, please visit http://cheehang.weebly.com Free to FMU students, faculty and staff with ID. $10 to public.