ZEPHYRUS WOODWIND QUINTET MUSICIANS
Tay Kai Tze
Tay Kai Tze is the Principal Oboist of choice for many of the Singapore’s finest Orchestras. He performs regularly with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Philharmonic Winds, and is a Leader-Mentor with the Orchestra of the Music Makers. He studied with Emmanuel Abbuhl (Principal, London Symphony) at the Rotterdam Conservatory and Diana Doherty (Principal, Sydney Symphony) at the Sydney Conservatory of Music. He is a recipient of both the National Arts Council Overseas Bursary and the Estlaman Layman Martin Harison Scholarship from the University of Sydney. Kai Tze is an alumnus of the Asian Youth Orchestra, the Canton International Music Academy and the Australia International Summer Orchestra Institute. Kai Tze is also a highly sought-after Oboe Instructor and directs several secondary school bands.
Jeremy is the resident narrator with the Zephyrus Quintet.
As a musician, Jeremy received formal training under the development programme of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. In his eight years with the orchestra, he has travelled to Italy, China, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, making cherished friends along the way. He retired from the orchestra in 2012 after a successful tour in the German city of Berlin.
Jeremy appreciates the many diverse art forms of the world, but is especially interested in all types of religious music as well as music composed by German and Russian composers from the Romantic era. Other interests include reading books about ancient history, taking lessons in foreign languages, and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. He is grateful to Peter Jackson for his vision of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy on film.
Currently a philosophy undergraduate at the National University of Singapore, Jeremy also has a diploma in applied drama and psychology from Singapore Polytechnic. After school, Jeremy freelances as a trombonist performing with various ensembles. He also teaches the instrument in government schools and privately. To challenge himself emotionally, Jeremy is the general manager of Orchestra Collective, a collection of the finest young musicians in Singapore.
Travelling on a shoestring is Jeremy’s other passion. Favourite countries he has been to include Myanmar, Morocco, Japan and the United Kingdom. When not sleeping, Jeremy is narrating, travelling, reading, performing, observing, appreciating, or eating. Usually it is a combination of any of these activities, because life is too short to not multi-task.
Aw Yong Tian
Born in Singapore, Tian Aw Yong was the first graduate from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, finishing his Bachelor of Music with first class honors. He studied at the Conservatory with Zhang Jin Min (Principal Bassoon of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra) for three years before heading off to the Berne University of the Arts for Konzertdiplom studies with Lyndon Watts (Principal Bassoon of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra). Thereafter he went on to complete two postgraduate programs on the bassoon and the historical bassoons at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Eberhard Marshall and Lyndon Watts. He also studied the contrabassoon with Gernot Friedrich (Principal Contrabassoon of the Bavarian State Orchestra) and Vincent Godel (Principal Bassoon of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana). He was a recipient of the National Arts Council Arts Overseas Bursary (Singapore), the “Gebrüder Mönnig – Oscar Adler & Co.” & “Frank & Meyer Holzblasinstrumente Berlin” Scholarship for the bassoon master class with Professor Klaus Thunemann and was supported generously by other various German foundations such as the “Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now”.
Charis is a graduate of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and holds a Bachelor in Music (Hons) as a clarinet major. She was a proud recipient of the ‘Poh Choon Ann in orchestral studies’ scholarship for her degree course. In the year of 2013, she won herself the finalist of the woodwind category in the Music Essentials Concerto Competition. Charis also holds a Grade 8 in piano, ABRSM, which she has achieved in her teenage years.
Charis has been contributing to the music scene in Singapore since 2011. She performs regularly with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) orchestra, Orchestra Collective ensemble, Windstar Ensemble, Zephyrus Quintet, NAFA wind ensemble, NAFA chamber ensemble. She also appears as a guest player to the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers occasionally and Royal College of Music orchestra during her exchange in Royal College of Music in 2015.
Chang Mindy is currently 21 and has recently completed her final semester at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts majoring in French Horn Performance (Dip.).
Mindy started playing the french horn at the age of 16 in her secondary school band. In that same year, she passed the auditions for Singapore National Youth Orchestra.
In 2012, Mindy started her horn performance studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts under the guidance of Mr. Jamie Hersch, Associate Principal Horn with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She was also awarded the Ngee Ann Kong Si Merit award for her first year of study at the academy.
Together with the Singapore National youth Orchestra, Mindy was privileged to be a part of the Young Euro Classic in 2012 in Berlin and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in 2011 in Scotland.
Apart from performing with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, she is also a proud member of the Orchestra Collective. Mindy often performs with the Orchestra of Music Makers and The Philharmonic Orchestra as a guest player.
Mindy has attended master-classes by virtuosos such as Stefan Dohr and Sarah Willis from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as participated in masterclasses held by Luca Bennuci, principal horn of Opera di Firenze, Stewart Rose from New York and Katie Pryce from London
Teo Shao Ming
Shao Ming is a classical flutist who graduated with Diploma in Music (Classical Performance) from LASALLE College of the Arts, under the tutelage of Mr. Roberto Alvarez, Assistant Principal Piccolo with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
In 2010, Shao Ming was selected to participate in the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble (SAYOWE) in Mahidol University, Thailand. Currently an active performer in the Orchestra Collective, and also The Philharmonic Winds, Shao Ming is frequently invited to Lasalle to perform as a chamber musician and soloist, for the composition recitals.