Chin Yen Choong
Chin Yen Choong joined Ding Yi Music Company in 2007 and is currently the concert master and huqin musician of the ensemble.
In 1999, Chin started learning erhu under the tutelage of Singapore Chinese Orchestra gaohu musician, Xu Wenjing. A highly talented musician, Chin quickly acquired a high level of skill with the string instrument.
In 2000, together with Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra, he performed in various local and international platforms as the erhu and banhu soloist. In 2002, Chin took part in the National Chinese Music Competition organised by the National Arts Council and was awarded the second runner-up in the erhu open category, In 2008, he led Ding Yi to win first place in the ensemble category in the same competition. In 2003, he represented Singapore for the International Jiangnan Sizhu conference in Taicang, China. In 2004, he was selected to represent Singapore to participate in the annual ASEAN Youth Camp in Laos. In the same year, Chin attained the Diploma in Erhu Performance in the instrumental graded examination, jointly organised by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.
Chin was also the recipient of the Arts and Cultural Scholarship awarded by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan for his diploma studies in NAFA. Receiving the NAC Arts Bursary, Chin is the pioneer batch of Chinese instrumentalist to continue and attained the Bachelor of Music (Honours) at NAFA.
Subsequently, he studied orchestra conducting under the tutelage with Eric James Watson, Dr Robert Casteels and renowned Hong Kong conductor Wai Sing Fat; and attended conducting masterclass by renowned conductors Yan Huichang, Hu Bingxu and Xia Fei Yun. Chin is currently the conductor and instructor of various schools’ Chinese orchestras in Singapore.