HO Chee Kong(Singapore)
Dr.Ho Chee Kong is Vice-Dean of Academic Programmes and Associate Professor of Composition at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. One of his recent works, There and Back, was premiered by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra in 2019, and was recently performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 2021. It was voted as the Best New Classical Work 2019 by The Straits Times.
Ho has been an adjudicator for competitions and an external reviewer for universities within Asia and the USA. He has organized the 29th International Computer Music Conference in 2003, and co-organized the Japan-Singapore Exchange Concerts in 2005 and 2006. He was elected as Vice-Chairman of the Asian Composers League Conference and Festival (ACL 2013) in Singapore. He is the founding President of the Composers Society of Singapore.
Fallen Echoes
About 20 years ago, I remembered how I reached out to Isao, trying to understand how Singapore could become a country member of the Asian Composers League.
I was then invited by the JFC and had my string quartet piece performed at the Asian Music Festival in 2003, and met Isao for the first time in Tokyo. A couple of years later, we co-organized the Japan-Singapore Exchange Concerts with the Japan Federation of Composers in 2005 and 2006. In all the years that I remembered of the Asian Composers League conferences and festivals, I always looked out for Isao once I arrived at whichever country ACL was at.
This piece is about being inspired by Isao and how I remembered his unending energy in promoting contemporary music in Asia. It is like trying to follow his footsteps but not exactly keeping up, hence the title, Fallen Echoes. The last part of the piece has a small quotation from the piece I wrote for the 2006 exchange concert with JFC in Tokyo, a small tribute in memory of Isao, whose love for music still echoes across Asia.