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Alan Choo

Singaporean violinist Alan Choo has established himself as a prominent soloist, chamber musician and historical specialist in recent years both locally and on the global stage. With Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra he has performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Boston Early Music Festival and as a soloist in the Tanglewood and Ravinia Music Festivals. Other recent appearances as a soloist include concertos with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers, Tafelmusik Winter Institute Orchestra and Baltimore Baroque Band.

Passionate about enriching the local music scene, Alan has had the dream to form a homegrown baroque ensemble since he discovered the world of early music in 2011. This ambition was fuelled by the close friendships he shared with many of his fellow Singaporeans during his time at Peabody Conservatory, many of whom also started playing period instruments. At the same time, he also got to know other like-minded friends based in Singapore and Europe during his summers back home. Realizing that there was a huge potential for everyone to work together to create something meaningful in Singapore, Alan founded Red Dot Baroque in 2018.

On the other end of the spectrum, Alan is also co-founder of SG Inspirations, a project dedicated to commissioning and performing new works by Singaporean composers. Together with pianist Lin Hengyue, the duo recorded the SG Inspirations commemorative CD album as a gift to Singapore during SG50. His piano trio Trio Phoenix combines both worlds of early and contemporary music by performing works by living composers and exploring the wealth of baroque repertoire performed with stylistic awareness on modern instruments. The trio completed their Asia Summer Tour in 2015 to critical acclaim, with repertoire ranging from Jean-Philippe Rameau to Alfred Schnittke, and most recently performed a recital at the Lexington Bach Festival 2017 in Lexington, Michigan.

Alan's achievements in all areas of performance have earned him awards such as the Early Music Award 2016 from Peabody Conservatory, the Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence 2015, the Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Award 2014, the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music 2014 and 1st prize in the National Piano and Violin Competition 2011, Artist Category.  He is also highly sought after as an educator and has conducted masterclasses and workshops in violin performance, historical performance practice and stage presence to students at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, School of the Arts Singapore and Nanyang Girls High School.

After completing his undergraduate studies with Alexander Souptel at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Alan earned two Master’s degrees in Violin Performance and Early Music at Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Victor Danchenko and Risa Browder respectively. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance Practice under Julie Andrijeski at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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