Music and Makan - Heart | Brain


Join us for Heart | Brain (Viscerebral) - a riveting performance dialogue featuring some of classical music's boldest, brainiest and most beautiful works.

Music and Makan is excited and proud to bring together four of Singapore's best musicians specially for this evening's performance dialogue. This fantastic string quartet comprises Chikako Sasaki and Christina Zhou (Violins), Christoven Tan (Viola) and Leslie Tan (Cello) in a diverse programme covering music across the main classical periods featuring composers from Bach to Shostakovich, including the much-loved Nocturne from Borodin's String Quartet No. 2.

Guests will enjoy emotional works that will stir the soul with their sheer beauty, and contrasting ones that will ignite the fire in the belly and plunge them into the depths of despair! These will be paired with works in the classical music repertoire that are more structured and brainy, which we will break down during the performance dialogue.

Don't miss out on an intimate afternoon of really great music, pre-dinner snacks and wine, with new and old friends! Tickets are limited - sign up to reserve your place now! We will send out an email with the exact location 3 days before the event.

See you there!!! :)

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*A performance dialogue is Music and Makan's unique performance format aimed at reaching out to new audiences by creating an ongoing dialogue between musicians and audiences, deepening the engagement between musicians, audiences and the music.

Chikako Sasaki graduated with distinction from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore in 2015 where she studied violin performance under Zuo Jun. During her studies, she won the 2nd prize at the YST Concerto Competition (Violin) and worked professionally with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. Prior to joining the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, she has worked with Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

In 2013, she was given the opportunity to perform chamber music with distinguished musicians, Elmar Oliveira, Barbara Westphal and Emmanuel Feldman at the Heifetz International Music Institute in the U.S. She was also invited to take part in the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy in Okushiga in 2014 where she performed under the baton of Seiji Ozawa.

Christina Zhou - A highly sought after teacher and freelance violinist in Singapore, Christina Zhou has been praised for exhibiting a “full rein of her virtuoso abilities” in concert and for presenting performances that are “a testament to true musicianship and fortitude” (The Straits Times). She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance under the late Zvi Zeitlin at the Eastman School of Music. She then went on to complete her Graduate Diploma under Zuo Jun at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Christina enjoys playing and exploring music of different genres. She has a vast experience in playing chamber, orchestral music, recording for commercial projects and playing in prestigious music festivals both in the States and in Singapore. She is the Assistant Music Director of her ensemble, TO ensemble. TO ensemble is focused on creating original performances that are often multi-disciplinary and also collaborate frequently with film, contemporary dance and visual art-forms. A passionate educator, Christina is currently the Principal and Director of Coronation Music School and spends most of her time teaching.

Christoven Tan is a graduate of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. During his years of study, he served as principal violist and led the Academy Orchestra tour to Germany. He was also a member of the Syzygy Quartet and the SAF Music and Drama Company. An active musician in the local music scene; Christoven has played for opera productions (Singapore Lyric Opera), with The Philharmonic Orchestra, re: mix (Offshoots, Slow and Celluloid Concertos) and The Chamber Players. As chamber musician and recitalist, he has collaborated with local musicians including pianist Low Shao Ying, the Artsylum Quartet, guitarist Andrew Lim and local composers Goh Toh Chai and Alicia Joyce de Silva. Christoven is also an active participant at summer music festivals, having attended the Meadowmount School of Music, the Bötersheim Festival and the Interlochen Viola Institute. His teachers include Mr. Jiri Heger, Michelle Li Min Zhe, Volker Hartung, Heidi Castleman, Jutta Puchammer, David Holland, Daniel Sweeney, Becca Albers and Patricia McCarty. Christoven has also taken masterclasses with the Quartetto di Roma.

In recent years, Christoven has been an active supporter of modern viola and chamber works, such as his involvement in an improvisatory project with Arts Fission, a modern dance company. In 2009, Christoven played with re: mix for The President’s Command performance, which was a collaboration with famous local pop composer and arranger Iskandar Ismail.

Leslie Tan - In a career that has spanned almost 20 years, Leslie is much sought after as a soloist and chamber musician. After performing as a cellist at the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), he was awarded a scholarship to study at both the Trinity College of Music and Royal College of Music in London. Spending 13 years with the SSO, he went to the Tchaikovsky-Moscow State Conservatory as a graduate-assistant of Natalia Shahkovskaya.

He has performed at major venues and festivals around the world, including the Prague-Vienna-Budapest Sommerakademie and Aarhuus Festival in Europe. His performances have been broadcasted by the BBC in London. Leslie has ventured into other disciplines, collaborating with artists in dance, theatre and popular music.

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Sun Oct 15, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM SGT
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Living Room along River Valley Road (Exact location will be sent 3 days before the event)
Standard SOLD OUT $55.00
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River Valley Road Singapore
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