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Shao Ying LOW Pianist, Accompanist, Composer, Songwriter, Music Arranger

Biography

Shao Ying Low

Shao Ying LOW is a professional classical pianist and piano accompanist from Singapore. She obtained her Licentiate of the Trinity College of London (LTCL), Fellowship of the Trinity College of London (FTCL) and Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in piano performance. A graduate of École Normale de Musique de Paris - Alfred CORTOT in France, she has studied piano with Annie d’ARCO and Julien RIDORET, chamber music with Chantal DEBUCHY and harpsichord with Ilton WJUNISKI. She is a prize-winner at competitions such as the Claude Kahn Competition for piano duet, the Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche Competition and the International Competition of U.F.A.M. in Paris. She has also participated in masterclasses by Olivier GARDON in Paris and Nelly BEN-OR in London. 

Upon her return to Singapore, Shao Ying has performed as soloist numerous times with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestros CHOO Hoey, LIM Yau, LÜ Jia, Darrell ANG and Joshua TAN Kang Ming. She was also soloist with the Singapore Festival Orchestra under Maestro Virginia MARTINEZ, the Hunan Symphony Orchestra (China) under Maestro XIAO Ming, as well as the European Baroque Chamber Ensemble in Porto, Portugal. 

As an active piano accompanist, Shao Ying has collaborated with musicians all over the world, such as cellists Alexander IVASHKIN and Amit PELED, horn players Olivier DARBELLAY and Daren ROBBINS, tuba player Roland SZENTPÁLI, flautists Hristo DOBRINOV and Roberto ALVAREZ and violinist JIN Li. She has also performed in Singapore, France, England, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, China, Inner Mongolia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and New Zealand.

As an avid composer and songwriter, Shao Ying has written songs for Asian pop singers such as Jolin TSAI (Taiwan), Suzanne HSIAO (Taiwan) and CHEN Yi Yi (Malaysia). Some of her instrumental works, such as Serenade No. 3 (Runner-up at the 2005 UK Songwriting Competition, Instrumental Category), Scherzino and Variations on a theme of "Happy Birthday" for violin and piano, Souvenirs de Paris (finalist at 2005 UKSC) and Valse de Printemps (finalist at 2005 UKSC) for 2 pianos, and A Walk In The Woods for string quartet have been performed in recitals. In 2007, Shao Ying’s instrumental composition, In My Dreams won the Soundtrack Contest on Broadjam, an independent music website, and a year later, Winter Flower won an Honorable Mention Award at the 13th USA Songwriting Competition. Her commissioned works, Rondo for 3 pianos 12 hands and Danses Joyeuses for orchestra were written for the 4th President's Charity Concert for Young Talents and the National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra's (NUSSO) annual concert respectively. In March 2012, her other New Age composition, A Drop of Dew entered the Asia Top 10 on Broadjam. Two of her chamber works, Intermezzo for flute and piano, and Dancing By The Stream for flute, oboe and piano were also finalists at the 2012 UK Songwriting Contest, Instrumental Category. In July 2013, Danses Joyeuses was performed by the NUSSO under the baton of Maestro LIM Soon Lee at the annual Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.

In July 2012, Shao Ying's CD recording of Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Lan SHUI was released.

Shao Ying is currently a full-time piano accompanist at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (http://www.music.nus.edu.sg) at National University of Singapore, as well as a full member of Composers And Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS). Her music can be heard on http://www.broadjam.com/shaoyinglowhttp://www.xporadio.com  and http://www.youtube.com/user/snoopydoremi/videos.

Besides music, Shao Ying also enjoys photography and travelling. In 2010, two of her photos won 1st prize and Runner-Up (photo name: "Frozen Bicycles") respectively on an online photography competition under "Street Photography" category. The winning photos can be seen at http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/847/street-photography-competition-winner-and-runners-up/. Her other photos can also be seen at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/14393121@N04/.

Shao Ying has also taken an interest in animation. She hopes to create different stories to match with each of her compositions in the near future.