Who we are
Traditional Chinese music alludes to something outside itself… a story, a great literary work, a poem, a painting or an emotion or aspect of nature. To us, composing, interpreting and performing Chinese chamber music transports us to realms – from the historic to the contemporary and avant-garde, from places exotic and familiar, from the sensual to the surreal.
At Ding Yi, it is not only about the sounds we make, but also the journeys we take. Each piece is carefully crafted to take you with us, from the cloistered chambers of an imperial age to the expansive imaginations of our modern collective soul, to touch, entertain, understand, inspire and unite.
It is this passion and our commitment to artistry that has won us accolades and support of patrons, arts institutions, and chamber music fans across Asia. The journey begins with us, and continues with you. Won’t you join us on this journey as we explore and create a distinctly Singapore sound?
To be an internationally recognised Singapore Chinese chamber music ensemble characterised by musical excellence and diversity.
We aspire to be a well-regarded Chinese chamber ensemble both in Singapore and abroad, striving to hone our artistry in both the classical and contemporary genres of traditional Chinese music, while incorporating creative diversity through exploring various artistic elements, forms and genres.
To promote and cultivate the interest and appreciation of Singapore Chinese chamber music.
To establish a distinct Singapore Chinese chamber music identity by forging bridges between traditional and contemporary Chinese music compositions.
Diving beyond performing the traditional Chinese chamber music, with a unique Ding Yi interpretation, that invokes familiarity and a distinct Singapore Chinese chamber music identity that is tailored by and for Singaporeans. Holding it true to our hearts, we aspire to make our music, our fresh and contemporary sound, accessible to all.
|2019, 2016, 2013||National Arts Council Major Company Scheme Recipient|
|2019||Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award (Organisation) Recipient|
National Arts Council Seed Grant Recipient
Silver Award at the 28th Shanghai Spring International Music Festival
|2009||Champion at the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod held in Wales, United Kingdom|
|2008||First Prize at the Singapore National Arts Council Chinese Music Competition|
Premiere many compositions by award winning composers such as
Eric James Watson (UK) and Chen Yi (USA)
Collaborate with prominent musicians including Min Huifen, Lu Chunling, Gong Yi, Feng Shaoxian, Wang Guotong, Xia Feiyun and Gu Guanren
Pioneer two iconic major events for the Chinese music industry:
biennial Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival since 2013, which had acclaimed Chinese chamber music ensembles from China, Taiwan, and Macau participating, and the Composium since 2012, a triennial composition competition and symposium festival which encourage new Chinese chamber music works from composers worldwide
Conceptualise iconic multi-disciplinary concerts Of Music Series which showcases Chinese music with various art forms and genres, from calligraphy to contemporary dance, sand art to ceramics, elevating audience’s senses beyond music
Representation & Participation
2019 – China, ASEAN Music Festival
2018 – Hong Kong International Youth Chinese Music Festival
2017 – Canberra International Music Festival
In 2016, we were invited by the Consulate-General of The Republic of Singapore in Hong Kong to stage a concert titled Resonance, at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Drama Theatre
In 2016 and 2015, we were honoured to perform for Vietnam’s President Mr Tran Dai Quang and China’s President Mr Xi Jinping respectively at the state banquet hosted by Singapore’s former President Dr Tony Tan
2016, 2014 – Taoyuan Traditional Music Festival
In August 2015, we staged a concert in Suzhou and Wuxi titled Remembering Lee Kuan Yew – A Tribute to Singapore’s Founding Father and Celebration of SG50
In conjunction with SG50, we were invited by the Singapore Embassy in Berlin to present a concert titled Sights and Sounds of Singapore at the Heilig-Kreuz Kirche in June 2015
2015 – 10th World Music Festival Sharq Taronalari at Samarkand, Uzbekistan
2014 – Jogja International Performing Arts Festival
Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival
Borneo World Music Expo
2012 – ASEAN Arts Festival
2010 – Philippines Arts Festival
Shanghai World Expo