Principal Guest Conductor
Quek Ling Kiong
Always surprising you with innovative programmes, charismatic conducting, and engaging concert experiences. Winner of the Singapore National Arts Council (NAC) Young Artist Award (2002), recipient of NAC Cultural Fellowship (2013) and Meritorious Awards by COMPASS Singapore (2016), Quek Ling Kiong assumed the role of Principal Guest Conductor of Ding Yi in 2016. Currently the Resident Conductor of Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Music Director for Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra, Quek is also an active guest conductor
internationally, especially in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Quek is the mastermind behind major events that promote Chinese music to the masses including the Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival, and Composium (a competition for new chamber works). His educational concerts for young children has become a brand that brought him to the international stage. Successful community concerts such as Happy Baton and Music for Your Soul, showcase his belief in sharing good music with all. Also referred to as the “People’s Conductor”, Quek is a strong believer in the idea of borderless music. In 2015, he holds the honour of being the Artistic Director of The Purple Symphony— Singapore’s largest inclusive orchestra comprising musicians with special needs.
Having trained at the Shanghai Music Conservatory and the Zurich University for Arts, Quek acquired the strengths of both the Eastern and Western styles of music that have enabled him to develop more local musical productions of intercultural and profundity.