Who we are
Ding Yi Music Company is a cultural force representing Singapore on the world stage in Chinese chamber music. We dream of captivating listeners in a soundscape that blends tradition with the vibrant sensibilities of our musicians.
Ding Yi has its genesis in 2007 as a coterie of NAFA youths, initially known as the Arts Sphere Chamber Ensemble. Young but illustrious, they quickly made a mark by winning the National Chinese Music Competition in 2008. Over time, they transitioned into a professional ensemble and a full-fledged music company, boasting a talented team of musicians and dedicated management.
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 interest in 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.
|Ding Yi Music Company marked its 15th anniversary by publishing a compilation of original Chinese chamber music by local and international composers commissioned over the years. The score book was launched at the Ding Yi Chinese Music Festival in December 2022
|Presented an immersive and binaural audio experience in the Metaverse for audiences under Pluritopia, a joint initiative by the National Arts Council Singapore and the Arts Council Korea
First Holographic Teresa Teng performance in Singapore, a commission by the National Arts Council as part of Silver Arts 2021
Debuted at the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2021 – Compassion: Chamber Music Series
|Co-produced and published an audiobook, The Musical Canvas, with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay as part of its Feed Your Imagination (F.Y.I) series for schools
|2019, 2016, 2013
|Recognised as a Major Company by the National Arts Council, a status awarded to arts groups that demonstrate strong organisational and artistic excellence
|Recipient of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award (Organisation), presented by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre in recognition of our contributions to the promotion and development of Chinese culture in Singapore
|Recorded traditional Chinese instrumentation and techniques for the Phoenix Orchestra sample library by Orchestral Tools
|Launched the Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival, a biennial event that showcases prestigious Chinese chamber music ensembles from Asia
|Launched Composium, a triennial composition competition and symposium festival to foster new works in Chinese chamber music by composers from around the world
National Arts Council Seed Grant recipient
Silver Award at the 28th Shanghai Spring International Music Festival
|Champion at the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod held in Wales, United Kingdom
|First Prize at the National Arts Council’s 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
Performed for Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at a state banquet hosted by Singapore President Halimah Yacob
Represented Singapore and made debut performance in Vancouver at the Rising Dragon, Soaring Merlion concert alongside Sound of Dragon Ensemble
|Performed at the Public Diplomacy Week organised by the Korea Foundation
|Performed at the China-ASEAN Music Festival (Nanning, China)
|Performed at the Hong Kong International Youth Chinese Music Festival
|Performed at the Canberra International Music Festival
Staged the Resonance concert at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Drama Theatre, at the invitation of the Consulate-General of The Republic of Singapore in Hong Kong
Performed for Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang at a state banquet hosted by Singapore President Tony Tan
Performed at the Taoyuan Traditional Music Festival (Taiwan)
Performed for China President Xi Jinping at a state banquet hosted by Singapore President Tony Tan
Staged the concert Remembering Lee Kuan Yew – A Tribute to Singapore’s Founding Father and Celebration of SG50 in Suzhou and Wuxi
Staged the Sights and Sounds of Singapore concert at the Heilig-Kreuz Kirche in conjunction with SG50, at the invitation of the Singapore Embassy in Berlin
Performed at the 10th Sharq Taronalari, an international music festival (Samarkand, Uzbekistan)
Performed at the Taoyuan Traditional Music Festival (Taiwan)
Performed at the Jogja International Performing Arts Festival (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Performed at the Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival
Performed at the Borneo World Music Expo
|Performed at the ASEAN Arts Festival (Singapore)
Performed at the Philippines Arts Festival
Performed at the Shanghai World Expo