Lim Kiong Pin
Lim Kiong Pin started learning dizi and sheng under the tutelage of Ng Kok Tsai when he was a student at Manjusri Secondary School. He took up suona from Lee Heng Quee at a later stage and joined the People’s Association Chinese Orchestra as a freelance musician in 1985. His career as a full-time musician started in 1996 with the newly-formed Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO). Currently, Lim Kiong Pin is the diyin sheng player.
Lim Kiong Pin’s greatest passion is conducting and he aspires to be a well-rounded musician. In July 2000, he was appointed conductor of Braddell Heights Community Club Chinese Orchestra (BHCO). In the same year, he led the newly-formed group and the People’s Association Youth Chinese Orchestra to clinch the third prize and first prize respectively at the Open Ensemble category of the National Chinese Music competition organised by the National Arts Council. His guidance led the BHCO to clinch the third prize in the same competition in 2002. Under the sponsorship of the Lee Foundation, he attended “The 11th National Practical Course for Conductors” which was held in theCzechRepublic in 2002. In 2004, he conducted the SCO for the first time during the Singapore Arts Festival. He was also awarded a Diploma in Conducting from London College of Music (ThamesValleyUniversity) in 2008.
His interest in music composition sparked off in 1998 when he received guidance from local renowned composer Phoon Yew Tien. In his compositions, he displays his inherent musical talent. His maiden composition “Taiwan Blues” performed by the SCO in 2001 received excellent reviews and in 2004, he composed “Overture 2004” for the National Day Mega Concert organised by the SCO, receiving rave reviews from both the performers and the audience. He has also composed and arranged pieces like “Bali Dreams” and “Seeking Dreams in the Western Regions” (composed by Jin Shi Yi). His recent composition “Bali Dreams” which was previously performed by Nanyang Girls’ High School Chinese Orchestra in 2008 also received commendation and would be performed in the upcoming 2010 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp Concert.
He is currently the conductor of Nanyang Girls’ High School,AnglicanHigh Schoolas well as Greendale Secondary School Chinese Orchestra.