NAC Violin Loan Scheme
NAC Violin Loan Scheme
Tang Tee Khoon Receives Guadagnini Violin
Expansion into Singapore Musical Instrument Bank
The National Arts Council (NAC) today announced violinist Tang Tee Khoon as the new beneficiary of the Violin Loan Scheme. She is the second recipient since the Scheme started in 2000. The Council is also expanding the Scheme into the Singapore Musical Instrument Bank, with seed funding of S$1million to match private cash donations to acquire instruments for this purpose.
Prized Guadagnini in New Hands
Says Lee Suan Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of NAC, “The Violin Loan Scheme was conceived with the aim of supporting promising violinists who have the ability and talent to pursue an international solo music career with the use of a fine instrument, so as to help them realise their full potential. Tang’s excellent track record of performances and accolades, together with her passion for the art, make her an ideal candidate. We are confident that the violin will serve her well to advance her standing in the international music scene.”
Tang made her debut at the young age of 12 with the National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has since gone on to perform as a violin soloist all over world, including countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Canada. Now based in the U.K., she is a Fellow with the Guildhall School of Music.
The J.B. Guadagnini violin will be on loan to Tang for a period of two years, from June 2009 to May 2011. A concert to debut her first performance with the violin will be held on 13 August 2009 at the Victoria Concert Hall. Apart from the performance, Tang will also devote some time to interacting with the audience to share her experiences during post concert meetings.
Launch of the Singapore Musical Instrument Bank
Building on the success of the Violin Loan Scheme, NAC will set up the Singapore Musical Instrument Bank to acquire and offer a wider collection of fine string instruments to lend to more promising musicians. The Bank would complement existing NAC support schemes such as scholarships, bursaries and grants to aid the development of Singapore’s professional musical talent, by giving them access to fine instruments prized for their superior sound quality.
The Council invites corporations and individuals to make cash contributions to the Instrument Bank. These donations will be matched by the Council with a seed fund of S$1 million. Donors will be entitled to tax deduction. Private collectors are also welcome to donate their instruments to the Bank.
“The Council is committed to developing our music talent and providing them the extra edge to succeed in the international arena. By pooling private and public resources to build the Singapore Musical Instrument Bank, we hope to develop a sense of community ownership towards the grooming of national talent who will advance Singapore’s standing on the global stage. At the same time, with the introduction of the Bank, we could inspire future generations to pursue artistic growth and excellence,” says Elaine Ng, Director for Performing Arts Development, NAC.
The Bank’s collection will be loaned to promising musicians at different stages of their career. The Singapore Musical Instrument Bank marks an important milestone in the development of the capabilities of Singapore artists, and the progress which Singaporecontinues to make to become a global city for the arts.
Annex – Profile of Violin Loan Recipient Tang Tee Khoon