About Us

Selangor Philharmonic Orchestra At A Glance

Our Background

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

A student of the Cello Studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore) and won 1st prize at the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage Chamber Music Competition, Malaysia. He’s also one of the original members of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO).

Mr Andrew Ng

A member of Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra(MPYO), and won 1st prize in the Violin Competition hosted by Malaysian Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage in 2007. He achieved 2nd place in the 3rd ASEAN International Concerto Competition, Jakarta in 2009.

Mr Loo Bang Hean

Mr. Loo obtained 1st prize at the First National Mozart Piano Competition in Penang and obtained scholarship from ABRSM to study at Royal College of Music (RCM), London. He graduated with 1st class honour and won numerous prizes at RCM. He is often invited to play in MPO’s Chamber Concert series at the Dewan Filharmonik Pertronas, KLCC and has also performed in many countries, namely, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Korea, United Kingdom and Italy.

Ms Oh Yann Shie

Ms Oh holds a Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and won 3rd prize winner at the 2008 Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris. She was Assistant Stage Manager for both Mariinsky Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet from Russia, collaborated with Malaysia’s leading violist specializing in Baroque music Mr. Andrew Filmer (in 2014).

Mr Low Chyh Shen

Obtained a Master’s degree in Piano Performance and attended the Art of Piano Summer Festival in United States. He also participated in the Winter Music Camp at the Yehudi Menuhin School, England (in 2010) and won 3rd place in the Ohio Music Teachers Association- Graves Young Artist Piano Competition. Besides, he was a soloist with the Miami University Symphony Orchestra after winning the Miami University Concerto Competition and also a Winner of 2012 – 2013 Havighurst Concerto Prize.

Mr Kenneth Teh

Mr Teh is a Member of the Moscow State Conservatory. He performed regularly in concert halls around the cities of Moscow and St Petersburg, collaborated with musicians from the Russian National Orchestra (RNO) and the chamber orchestra “Moskoviya”. On top of that, he has been actively performing at various concerts, festivals and workshops around Malaysia both as soloist, chamber pianist and accompanist.

Mr Vincent Ong

A young performer who made his appearance at the 3rd International Festival of Classical Music “East meets West” organized by Chopin Society Malaysia. He participated in The 14th Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in 2014, Germany, and he was the 1st Runner Up for Steinway Malaysia Youth Piano Competition in the same year. He also made his Debut Piano Solo Recital organized by ProMusica in Penang, Malaysia in 2013.

Mr Ng Chong Lim

A Pianist and composer who studied at the Royal College of Music (RCM, London) and a winner of the Malaysian National Piano Competition in 1993. He was also a Prize winner of the Royal Overseas League Competition, Anthony Saltmarsch Junior Fellowship (RCM). He is also a member of music faculty of Universiti Malaya in Malaysia and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.

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.

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