LOW Shao Suan (卢绍璇/盧紹璇) obtained her Licentiate of the Trinity College of London (LTCL) and Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in piano performance, and Fellowship of the Trinity College of London (FTCL) in piano accompanying under the tutelage of Mdm YEO Bee Choo and Mr. Benjamin LOH. Graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris – Alfred CORTOT in France, she has studied piano with the late Mdm Annie d’ARCO and the late Mr. Julien RIDORET, chamber music with Mdm Chantal DEBUCHY and harpsichord with Mr. Ilton WJUNISKI. While in Paris, Shao Suan won prizes at competitions such as 1st prize at the Claude Kahn Competition for Piano Duet together with her twin sister, Shao Ying (www.lowshaoying.com), 1st prize at the Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche Competition, and 3rd prize at the International Competition of U.F.A.M. She has also participated in master classes by Olivier GARDON in Paris and Nelly BEN-OR in London.
Upon their return to Singapore, Shao Suan and Shao Ying have performed as soloists 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. They were also soloists 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. In 1999, Shao Suan and Shao Ying were honored to be invited by the late former President of Singapore, ONG Teng Cheong, to perform at the Istana for him and his distinguished guests.
As an active piano accompanist, Shao Suan has collaborated with musicians from all over the world, such as violinists SIOW Lee-Chin, Alexander SOUPTEL, Takaya URAKAWA, CHAN Chee Mee and JIN Li, cellists CHAN Wei Shing and SONG Woon Teng, flautists José-Daniel CASTELLON, JIN Ta, Felix RENGGLI, Davide FORMISANO, Marc GRAUWELS, Roberto ALVAREZ and the late Wolfgang SCHULZ, clarinetist Arnaud LEROY, saxophonists Claude DELANGLE and Christian WIRTH, horn virtuoso Olivier DARBELLAY, trumpetists Joe BURGSTALLER, Adam RAPA, William THEIS and Laurence GARGEN, trombonists Marques YOUNG, Allen MEEK, Shannon PITTAWAY and Kevin THOMPSON, and tubists Øystein BAADSVIK, Roland SZENTPALI, Brett STEMPLE, Steve ROSSE and Tim BUZBEE.
As an avid composer and songwriter, Shao Suan has written songs for Asian pop singers such as Vivian HSU, CHEN Yi Yi and Mink. A few of her instrumental compositions such as Morning Blues for violin and piano and Souvenirs de Paris for two pianos were finalists at a number of international songwriting competitions. Her New Age solo piano composition, July Rendez-Vous won an Honorable Mention Award at the 2007 USA Songwriting Competition. Another New Age solo piano composition, Still was a Runner-Up at the 2009 UK Songwriting Contest. A handful of her instrumental compositions, ‘Til The End Of Time and All This Time have also made it to the online music website, Broadjam’s Top 10 Charts. Shao Suan and Shao Ying’s joint commissioned works, Rondo for three pianos, twelve hands and Danses Joyeuses for orchestra were written for the 4th President’s Charity Concert for Young Talents, and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Symphony Orchestra’s annual concert respectively. In July 2013, Danses Joyeuses was showcased at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, performed by the NUS Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro LIM Soon Lee. Shao Suan’s solo piano work, Ravel’s Dream, was selected and premiered in New York City in March 2014 by Swiss pianist, Daniel SACHS of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame. Her two-piano work, Maple Breeze, was selected and premiered at the Firehouse Space, Brooklyn, New York in March 2016 by Canadian piano duo, Piano Pinnacle of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame. In 2015, Shao Suan’s chamber work, Sweet Dreams for flute, oboe and piano, won 3rd Prize (Category B) at the International Composition Competition “Maurice Ravel” in Bergamo, Italy. Shao Suan’s works have been performed in countries such as Singapore, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Austria, Brazil, Italy and the United States. Her two-piano work, Winterland, has been aired on Canadian radio station, FM 98.5 CKWR, and Miniature Pieces for bassoon, vibraphone and piano was recently aired on America’s Flagler College Radio 88.5 FM. Shao Suan’s music is frequently heard on local classical radio station, Symphony 92.4 FM.
Shao Suan and Shao Ying’s recording of Hong Kong contemporary composer, Kawai SHIU’s Jade Luster for two pianos was featured in his Kawai SHIU Streams and Seasons CD, released in December 2010. They also recorded Camille SAINT-SAËNS’ Carnival of the Animals with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Lan SHUI, and this CD was released in July 2012. Shao Suan’s performance of Singaporean composer, TAN Chan Boon’s Osinatissimo op. 31 with violinist, LIM Shue Churn, was featured in his Tan Chan Boon : symphony no.2 “Genese” in F# minor (1989-1995) CD, released in 2000. In August 2014, the sisters’ debut instrumental album, Romance in the City, featuring their original compositions, was released in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong under the Chinese label, Rhymoi. This album received the “2014 Artistic Performance Album of the Year” award at the 10th Hi-Fi Album Awards 2014 in Guangzhou, China. The sisters launched their second album, Music Diaries, in January 2016.
Shao Suan is a full-time piano accompanist at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, as well as a full member of the Composers And Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS). She is co-founder of the inaugural Singapore Asian Composers Festival 2015 as well as co-founder of the newly-formed chamber ensemble, Ensemble de la Belle Musique (www.ebmusique.net)
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