Ling Hock Siang
Ling Hock Siang is a recipient of the 2004 Young Artist Award and Singapore Youth Award (Culture and Arts Team Category, The Huqin Quartet). He is also the erhu associate principal of the SCO, and holds posts as an erhu instructor with the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra and the School of the Arts. In addition, he is the artistic instructor of the City Chinese Orchestra at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and an erhu performer with the Huqin Quartet.
In 1993, Ling Hock Siang entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music to study under Wang Yongde, graduating in 1998 with a criticallyacclaimed solo recital and a Bachelor of Music degree. In 2002, Ling Hock Siang returned to the Shanghai Conservatory on scholarships from the Lee Foundation and the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan to further his performance studies. His graduation recital, held in Shanghai with guest performances by the Huqin Quartet in September 2005, was a huge success. Ling Hock Siang is also the first Singaporean to achieve a Master’s degree in erhu performance.
Ling Hock Siang joined SCO since 1997 and performed in various Europe and Asian countries. In July 1999, the SCO organized a concert titled Melodies with a Difference – Recital by Ling Hock Siang and Quek Ling Kiong. In November 2005, Ling Hock Siang staged a solo recital entitled Hock Siang & Friends. In November 2007, he followed his last successful chamber event up with an erhu and guan recital in collaboration with Han Lei entitled Oriental Folk Music at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Since 2006 Ling Hock Siang has been invited to be an adjudicator for the National Arts Council’s biennial National Music Competition. In addition, he has also frequently represented Singapore at international conferences on the erhu as well as at workshops and arts meets in Asia.