About UsSelangor Philharmonic Orchestra At A Glance
The Selangor Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) was founded in February 2012 by Mr. Chan Ling Chee. The orchestra is a community orchestra with a vision of promoting and spreading the beauty of classical music in Selangor, educating and training young musicians to appreciate large scale performance and organization, and discovering new talent and providing them an opportunity to perform in concert.
SPO initially started with a small group of enthusiastic musicians. Under the guidance of our Musical Director, Mr Chan Ling Chee, SPO has grown substantially and now unites together some 200 talented musicians under one baton! We have also given birth to two satellite musical groups: the Selangor Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as well as the Selangor Philharmonic Wind Orchestra, both of whom had their inaugural concert in 2016. While SPO focuses primarily on formal classical music, the orchestra also performs a wide range of instrumental pieces including soundtracks and folk music, in addition to community outreach programs.
SPO is pleased to have collaborated with nationally acclaimed soloists and will continue endeavouring to provide a platform for our local classical musicians to perform and share wonderful music for the benefit of the community.
We welcome you to journey with us!
Renowned Soloists of SPO
Mr James Ng
Mr Andrew Ng
Mr Loo Bang Hean
Ms Oh Yann Shie
Mr Low Chyh Shen
Mr Kenneth Teh
Mr Vincent Ong
Mr Ng Chong Lim
Ms. Chee Su-yen
Ms. Chee was a full scholarship student under Gabriel Kwok and studied her Bachelors degree at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and pursued her Masters degree at Indiana University (Bloomington) USA. She is an established soloist and chamber musician, given solo and collaborative recitals overseas. Besides performing, she dedicates herself into teaching Her students won prizes in many local competitions and she is also sought after as an adjudicator.
Ms. Carolyn Lo
Ms. Lo graduated her Bachelor of Music degree from University of Newcastle, Australia and Masters in Piano Performance from Miami University, Ohio. She also holds the LRSM and FTCL performance diplomas and became the first Malaysian in 2015 to be awarded the FRSM in piano performance with distinction. She performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in music festivals, recitals and competitions locally and abroad.
Ms Sylvia Loh
Ms. Loh has competed in many competitions. She was awarded a prize for being the youngest finalist at the International Piano Competition in Czech Republic. She gained international recognition on the international stage and collaborated with orchestras from local and abroad. As a recipient of HSBC Classics Bursary Award and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Music Freiburg, where she also further completed Solistenexamen – the highest degree in Germany.
Ms Mabel Wong
Mabel Wong is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Selangor Symphony Orchestra, Strings Department Leader at Sunway University, and String Faculty Coordinator at Bentley Music Academy. Mabel is a sought-after violin educator known for her passion and dedication in the field. Mabel graduated with a Bachelor of Music at the University of Otago in 2012 and a Master of Music Studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014. She won numerous awards and prizes during her studies.
Guest Conductors of SPO
Dr Peter Jesudason
Dr. Jesudason, a Consultant Cardiologist, read Medicine at Cambridge but pursued his musical interests and training in parallel with his medical studies. He formed the Cambridge Chamber Orchestra during his studies, and has also taken part in numerous concerts as conductor, violin soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He has also conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia and founded the Malaysian Symphony Orchestra in 2001.
Assoc Prof Chan Tze Law
Singaporean conductor Chan Tze Law is Associate Professor and a founding faculty member of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. Chan holds bachelor and doctoral degrees in conducting. His pedagogical experience includes giving masterclasses in conducting in the USA, UK, and Australia. Chan has conducted at major European music festivals and led orchestras and soloists in China and the Asia Pacific region.
Assoc Prof Dr Andrew Filmer
Assoc Prof Dr Andrew Filmer has diverse interests, from viola performance to musicology to public speaking. He holds a master’s degree in viola performance and a PhD in musicology, and he has won prizes in research, performance, and public speaking. He also has a degree in journalism and a certificate in UX. He was also part of the three-member team from the Wicked Music People ensemble that produced the first harpsichord constructed in Malaysia.