Lee Heng Quee
Lee Heng Quee started learning the dizi at the age of 13 when he was a secondary school student. He studied under Lum Yan Sing and Yeo Siew Mong. He joined the People’s Association Youth Chinese Orchestra in1981. He showed keen interest in souna then and decided to learn its performing techniques.
Lee Heng Quee won the First, Second and Third prizes in the National Music Competition Dizi Senior and Open Categories in 1981, 1983 and 1985 respectively.
In 1985, he joined the People’s Association Chinese Orchestra as a full-time musician. He often performed as a suona soloist and his performances received high acclaims. To further improve and perfect his suona performing skills, he went to Beijing to study under suona maestro Wu Wei. Returning from Beijing, he performed two suona concerti entitled Beautiful Shanxi and Victory Celebration accompanied by the Foochow Clan Chinese Orchestra and the People’s Association Chinese Orchestra in 1987 and 1990. His performances were well accredited. A concert entitled Recital by Lee Heng Quee and Wang Jian Hua was held in 1996 and won much praise and favourable commends from the Chinese orchestra circle.
Not only is Lee active in the local Chinese Orchestra scene, he has also represented Singapore to perform in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Dijon (France) and Michelen (Belgium). At present, he is the conductor of several secondary schools’ Chinese orchestras.