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Guide to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Since its founding in 1979, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has been Singapore’s flagship orchestra, touching lives through classical music and providing the heartbeat of the cultural scene in the cosmopolitan city-state. In addition to its subscription series concerts, the orchestra is well-loved for its outdoor and community appearances, and its significant role educating the young people of Singapore. The SSO has also earned an international reputation for its orchestral virtuosity, having garnered sterling reviews for its overseas tours and many successful recordings.

The SSO makes its performing home at the 1,800-seat state-of-the-art Esplanade Concert Hall. More intimate works and all outreach and community performances take place at the 673-seat Victoria Concert Hall, the home of the SSO. The orchestra performs 100 concerts a year, and its versatile repertoire spans all-time favourites and orchestral masterpieces to exciting cutting-edge premieres. Bridging the musical traditions of East and West, Singaporean and Asian musicians and composers are regularly showcased in the concert season. This has been a core of the SSO's programming philosophy from the very beginning under Choo Hoey, who was Music Director from 1979 to 1996.

Under the Music Directorship of Lan Shui from 1997 to January 2019, the SSO has performed in Europe, Asia and the United States. In May 2016 the SSO was invited to perform at the Dresden Music Festival and the Prague Spring International Music Festival. This successful five-city tour of Germany and Prague also included the SSO’s return to the Berlin Philharmonie after six years. In 2014 the SSO’s debut at the 120th BBC Proms in London received critical acclaim in the major UK newspapers The Guardian and Telegraph. The SSO has also performed in China on multiple occasions.

Notable SSO releases under BIS include a Rachmaninov series, a "Seascapes" album, two Debussy discs "La Mer" and "Jeux", and the first-ever cycle of Tcherepnin’s piano concertos and symphonies. The SSO has also collaborated with such great artists as Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Neeme Järvi, Gustavo Dudamel, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Diana Damrau, Martha Argerich, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Janine Jansen, Leonidas Kavakos and Gil Shaham.

The SSO is part of the Singapore Symphony Group, which also manages the Singapore Symphony Choruses, and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. The mission of the Group is to create memorable shared experiences with music. Through the SSO and its affiliated performing groups, we spread the love for music, nurture talent and enrich Singapore’s diverse communities.

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SingaporeThe Jussen Brothers Play Mozart

Mozart, Enescu, Beethoven
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Gabriel Bebeșelea; Lucas Jussen; Arthur Jussen

SingaporeAkiko Suwanai Plays Mozart

Mendelssohn, Mozart, Brahms
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Mario Venzago; Akiko Suwanai

SingaporeZhang Haochen plays Mozart

Mozart, Bruckner
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard; Haochen Zhang

SingaporeSSO Christmas Concert at the Esplanade

Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Joshua Tan; Singapore Symphony Chorus; Singapore Symphony Youth Choir; Singapore Symphony Children's Choir

SingaporeSSO Pops: The Music of Star Wars

Williams: Musique de film de Star Wars
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Christopher Dragon

SingaporeThe Maltese Tenor: Joseph Calleja

Singapore Symphony Orchestra; David Giménez-Carreras; Joseph Calleja
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Nostalgic Elgar from Litton and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Rachel Barton Pine, Andrew Litton and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra © Singapore Symphony Orchestra
An all-Elgar affair by the SSO directed by its Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton was not so much a distant memory of colonialism but rather an exercise in nostalgia.

Autumnal Schumann and volatile Tchaikovsky in Singapore

Vladimir Ashkenazy © Keith Saunders
Gautier Capuçon is the soloist in a fine reading of Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto, where sheer outward display gave way to more musical values.

Soloist Shaham outshines Singapore Symphony

Gil Shaham © Pražské jaro | Ivan Malý
Playing in a premier Western venue with violin virtuoso Gil Shaham, the Eastern orchestra seems not quite ready for prime time.