Arpeggione Quartet is established by young Singaporean musicians who have been making music together since 2007. Brought together by their friendship and great passion for music, they are music educators and performers who have played in a diverse range of local chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras, including the NUS Symphony Orchestra (NUSSO), the Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM), M’Ode Orchestra, and re:mix.
As a string quartet, they have amassed extensive experience over the years performing at various functions ranging from weddings, corporate events, music festivals, to concert tours with international artistes at venues such as the National Stadium, National Gallery, Victoria Concert Hall, the Esplanade, and many hotels and churches in Singapore.
Notably, they were invited to perform with Mandopop Queen aMEI (张惠妹) at her “aMEI | AMIT Utopia World Tour” (“张惠妹乌托邦世界巡城演唱会”) at the Singapore National Stadium on 9 January 2016. More recently, in conjunction with the National Gallery's "Century of Light" exhibition comprising "Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay" and "Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna", Arpeggione Quartet was invited to perform at the Padang Atrium on 30 December 2017 as part of the Gallery's "Resonates With: Festivities of the World" music series, and was highlighted in The Straits Times' "Arts Picks" on 29 December 2017.
Arpeggione Quartet has also been regularly featured at the Esplanade. In particular, they were invited to perform "Saranghaeyo" (15 and 16 June 2017) and “A Little Happiness” (29 and 30 December 2016) as part of Esplanade’s "Soundtracks" and “Celebrate December” series, respectively, following a highly well-received performance of “Music of Studio Ghibli” at the Esplanade Concourse on 21 May 2016 as part of Esplanade’s “SUPER JAPAN – Japanese Festival of Arts”, a cultural event marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Singapore.
They also had the honour of performing at the inaugural Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW) Gala Dinner on 10 October 2016 that was graced by Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, as well as the IES Golden Jubilee Gala Dinner on 1 July 2016 that was graced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In addition, they have been featured in “A Jubilant Song” (“欢欣颂赞”) — a music CD and concert at Victoria Concert Hall by Providence Presbyterian Church (Bukit Batok Congregation) as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations in 2015.
Arpeggione Quartet's performances have been praised by highly satisfied clients as "beautiful and masterful rendition of the Classics" that "dilat[es] our souls", as well as "amazing" music "making [the event] perfect".
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MA Music Psychology in Education (Dist.)
DipABRSM, ATCL (Dist.), LTCL (Dist.)
Sarah has served as the Concertmaster and Student Conductor of the NUS Symphony Orchestra (NUSSO), Hwa Chong Institution String Ensemble (HCSE), and Nanyang Girls’ High School String Ensemble (NYSE). During her term, Sarah steered her groups’ artistic direction and musicianship towards achieving the highest accolades (Gold with Honours) at the Singapore Youth Festival.
Besides performing with Arpeggione Quartet, Sarah is also a freelance violinist who has served as the Assistant Concertmaster of local cross-over chamber ensemble, re:mix, under the music directorship of SSO First Violinist, Foo Say Ming.
As an accomplished music arranger, Sarah has arranged and transcribed musical works (e.g., Piazzolla’s “Libertango”, “El Tango de Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge, “Phantasia” medley from The Phantom of the Opera) that have been performed by her chamber groups to much success. Notably, her work was premiered by HCSE at its musical exchange-tour at Thailand in collaboration with Harrow International School (Bangkok), Payap University (Chiangmai), the Thai Youth Orchestra, and the Chiangmai Youth Orchestra, during which Sarah was also featured as a soloist.
With her extensive performing experience as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra violinist, Sarah seeks to inspire young, budding musicians and share the joy of music-making as a professional music educator who specialises in both the violin and piano.
Sarah’s approach towards music teaching and performing has been positively shaped by her understanding and appreciation of music psychology in her capacity as an academic scholar. Her award-winning research on music perception and cognition, as well as on pedagogical techniques, has been published in academic journals and presented at international conferences.
Ang Dun Jie
Dun Jie started his music education at the tender age of 4, and is now an active freelance violinist and pianist in Singapore’s music scene. Over the years, Dun Jie has accumulated rich performing experience with several chamber ensembles and orchestras in significant events such as The Straits Times ChildAid concert and the inaugural Piano Concerto Festival 2014, among many others.
Notably, he has served as the Principal Second Violinist of the NUS Symphony Orchestra (NUSSO) and NUS Alumni Orchestra (NAO). In addition, Dun Jie has performed as a violinist of the Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM), which has been praised by The Straits Times as “a world’s local bank of prodigious musical talent on our very doorstep”.
Dun Jie led NUSSO as Concertmaster to clinch the first runner-up award (Symphony Orchestra category) at the prestigious 7th Summa Cum Laude (SCL) International Youth Music Festival 2013 in Vienna, after stiff competition with Europe’s top youth orchestras. NUSSO’s performance received outstandingly positive comments from the festival’s judges, who noted that “besides a good tone, the orchestra played music from the heart and responded well to very good musical leadership”.
Ivan is a highly versatile musician who enjoys playing the viola and violin, and has since amassed more than 20 years of experience performing on these instruments. He has served as the Assistant Principal Violist of the Raffles Institution String Ensemble (RISE), which attained the highest accolades (Gold with Honours) at the Singapore Youth Festival over consecutive biennial seasons during his term.
In addition to performing with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) and Raffles Junior College Chamber Ensemble, Ivan had the honour of being appointed Principal Violist of the NUS Symphony Orchestra (NUSSO). He participated in NUSSO’s performance at the 7th Summa Cum Laude (SCL) International Youth Music Festival 2013 in Vienna—Austria’s premier youth music festival. During the festival, NUSSO competed against Europe’s top youth orchestras and emerged as the first runner-up in the Symphony Orchestra category with exceedingly favourable comments from the festival’s panel of judges.
Towards elevating his performance skills and musical proficiency, Ivan enjoys learning to play multiple musical instruments including the piano and cello in his free time. Ivan’s efforts have culminated in a successful performance on the cello at NUSSO’s annual chamber music concert.
Being well-versed in the knowledge of various instruments’ inherent capabilities of producing unique timbres and colours, Ivan is also a prolific music arranger who has written many unconventional musical pieces exclusively for Arpeggione Quartet (e.g., a medley of Jay Chou’s pop hits, “如燕” from local blockbuster drama serial The Little Nyonya, and John Legend’s “All Of Me”).
Eunice started playing the cello at the age of 13, and achieved Grade 8 from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) within the short span of 4 years under the tutelage of SSO cellist, Song Woon Teng. As part of her continual efforts to further her musical technique, Eunice is currently pursuing her DipABRSM in cello performance.
Since learning to play the cello, Eunice has performed with many chamber groups, Western and Chinese orchestras and ensembles, and has accumulated more than a decade of performing experience. Notably, she has served as the Principal Cellist of the Nanyang Girls’ High School String Ensemble (NYSE), which bagged the highest distinction (Gold with Honours) at the Singapore Youth Festival during her term. She was also appointed Assistant Principal Cellist of the Hwa Chong Institution String Ensemble (HCSE), and was actively involved in the ensemble’s inaugural overseas musical exchange to Thailand, in collaboration with Harrow International School (Bangkok), Payap University (Chiangmai), the Thai Youth Orchestra, and the Chiangmai Youth Orchestra.
Eunice has performed with the NUS Symphony Orchestra (NUSSO) and joined the orchestra’s tour to Austria, during which it participated in the prestigious 7th Summa Cum Laude (SCL) International Youth Music Festival 2013 at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. After stiff competition with Europe’s top youth orchestras, NUSSO scaled new peaks to be named first runner-up in the Symphony Orchestra category.
Besides playing the cello, Eunice is also an accomplished pianist who holds a DipABRSM in piano performance. As an experienced music educator who specialises in both musical instruments, she currently teaches privately and in music schools.