Press Quotes

Playing this passionate and gripping is hard to come by… A 100% perfect concert.

The Straits Times, 28 July 2021

Knocking back the florid arpeggios and virtuosic passagework with alacrity, Sin made light of Beethoven’s astonishingly complex piano writing while Loh sailed away almost nonchalantly above.

Loh and Sin have been duo partners for long enough to be completely at ease in each other’s musical company, and in the delightful informality of  this concert, that musical intimacy communicated itself particularly strongly. For the audience, this was an evening of perfectly matched aural and oral delights.

The Straits Times, 6 October 2019

Here was an impressive display of collaborative artistry and collective virtuosity.

The Straits Times, 1 April 2019

The combination of exceptionally gifted musicians, superbly crafted music and players with an instinctive knowledge of the other’s approach, created such expansive soundscapes that it was impossible to accept the evidence before our eyes. Surely such richly varied and complex sounds could not have been produced by just two players?

The Straits Times, 4 March 2017

Musicians at the very peak of their game… Their playing had such infectious enthusiasm, open-hearted spirit and clarity of intention.

The Straits Times, 3 Sept 2016

Lau blazed his way in a virile show of agility and athleticism… Loh is a born music story-teller… (He) brought out a rich sonorous tone befitting its spiritual peaks and troughs in a performance that will not be easily forgotten. All through the evening, pianist Sin was the omnipresent and ever-alert accompanist. Her four solos were no less gripping.

The Straits Times, 14 June 2016

They introduced each piece with a mixture of non-sophisticated language and factual detail, which caught the audience’s attention and they held it through some pretty astounding playing… you could have easily heard a pin drop, so absorbed was this audience

The Straits Times, 21 March, 2016

Tan immediately impressed with a gorgeously warm tone which filled the hall with a singing resonance… Loh displayed a keenness for pyrotechnics and let in rip in Sarasate’s Caprice Basque, which had the audience bedazzled… This trio of players was well-matched and well-balanced… The end result was a happy and successful delivery, with the audience applauding and cooing with delight.

The Straits Times, May 21, 2015

The approach by More Than Music to make classical music more accessible to the public seems to be working like a charm… The growing number of fans only proves one thing: that classical music is cool and very much alive.

The Straits Times, 11 September 2014

Many performers are capable of breaking down the barrier between stage and audience; these musicians make you wonder if that barrier exists at all.

The Music Wire, 24 May 2014

An informal and interactive approach that is accessible yet does not dumb down.

The Straits Times, 9 December 2013

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From Me To You, 18 & 19 June 2022

Tickets now available from https://frommetoyou.peatix.com/

More Than Music is delighted to present From Me To You, featuring our dear friend, cellist Ng Pei-Sian.

A musical postcard of home, a tribute to a hero, a love letter to music itself… From Me To You celebrates the power of music to speak directly to our hearts and communicate across distance and time. Beethoven’s sublime Archduke Trio anchors this programme, alongside music by Ravel and Martinu that inject fresh vigour into nostalgic memories.

Join us for an intimate evening of music-making and friendship!

Programme:
Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello
Martinu Cello Sonata No. 3
Beethoven Piano Trio, Op. 97 “Archduke”

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In Good Company Again

Celebrate the synergy of chamber music with More Than Music! We reunite with old friends, cellist Ng Pei-Sian and violinist Yang Shuxiang, and welcome violist Martin Peh in a concert that features the musicians in different dynamic combinations. Schumann’s exuberant Piano Quintet anchors this programme, while Janacek’s “Intimate Letters” paints a picture of passionate, unrequieted love and Dvorak’s string writing tugs on our heartstrings.

We are delighted to be in good company, sharing this music with you once again!

Loh Jun Hong, violin
Yang Shu Xiang, violin
Martin Peh, viola
Ng Pei-Sian, cello
Abigail Sin, piano

Programme:
Dvorak Terzetto for two violins and viola, 1st and 2nd movements
Dvorak Silent Woods for cello and piano
Janacek String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”, 1st movement
Schumann Piano Quintet

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The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Up Close and Personal

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More Than Music is proud to present our video performances of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas. This was a significant milestone and a dream come true for us, especially considering how all our live performances for 2020 were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Watch the performances, along with short spoken introductions on our Facebook playlist.
You can also find the complete performances on Esplanade Offstage, along with programme notes and behind-the-scenes interviews.
https://www.esplanade.com/offstage/arts/complete-beethoven-violin-sonatas
https://www.esplanade.com/offstage/arts/beethoven-in-three-minutes
https://www.esplanade.com/offstage/arts/conversations-on-beethovens-violin-sonatas

Artists:
Abigail Sin, piano
Albert Tiu, piano
Lim Yan, piano
Loh Jun Hong, violin
Chan Yoong Han, violin
Yang Shuxiang, violin

Audio by msm-Productions
Video by Tan Zexun

Generously supported by the National Arts Council Digital Presentation Grant, HSBC and Societe Generale

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Shall We Dance?

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for supporting More than Music. After much deliberation and discussion, we have regretfully decided to postpone “Shall We Dance” due to the current public health concerns over the novel coronavirus. All ticket holders will be refunded in full via Peatix. 

“Shall We Dance” will now take place on 4 & 5 Sept 2020 at the Esplanade Recital Studio featuring the same guest artists: the amazing pianist Albert Tiu and the fantastic choreographer/dancer Amin Alifin. 

Our next concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio on 12 & 13 June 2020 will continue as planned with Schumann’s Piano Quintet and Janacek’s Intimate Letters. 

Please take care and hope to see you at our next concerts!
Sincerely,  Abigail and Jun Hong

Albert Tiu, piano
Abigail Sin, piano
Loh Jun Hong, violin

More Than Music kicks off the 2020 concert season with a celebration of classical music’s greatest dance hits! Abigail and Jun Hong join forces with distinguished pianist Albert Tiu and special guest dancer/choreographer Amin Alifin for a thrilling exploration of music and dance. From the intimacy of the waltz to the wild abandon of rag-time, dance music captures both the visceral and the refined, revealing the human spirit in all its glory.

Join us for an unforgettable evening and be prepared to be swept off your feet!

Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3, IV Presto agitato
Chopin Selected Mazurkas
Tchaikovsky arr. Pletnev Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty
Saint-Saëns arr. Ysaÿe Caprice d’après l’étude en forme de valse

INTERMISSION

Barber Souvenirs (excerpts)
Saint-Saëns arr. Guiraud Danse Macabre 
Novacek Four Rags for Violin & Piano
Piazzolla La Muerte del Ángel

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More Than Music and Wine, 4 & 5 Oct 2019

4 & 5 Oct 2019, 8pm
The Arts House Blue Room
Loh Jun Hong, violin
Abigail Sin, piano
https://musicandwine.peatix.com

You are invited for a unique, multi-sensory experience, exploring classical music paired with specially-chosen fine wines. Get to know the hidden affinities and stories behind the music, complemented and enhanced by the individual characteristics and flavours of each wine. Savour the rich melodies, sparkling textures and lush harmonies of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and more, guided by personal insights from the performers and a sommelier.

Be sure to stay after the main performance and hang out over more wine, lively conversations and special encores. Join us for an unforgettable evening!

More Than Music is proud to have Mount Brown Estates, a New Zealand family-owned vineyard, as our wine partner for this event.

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Variations and Variables

NUS Arts Festival
15 March 2019, 8pm
UCC Dance Studio

Loh Jun Hong, violin
Abigail Sin, piano
Yanyun Chen, visual artist

Variations and Variables celebrates the synergistic power of chamber music, creating an experience larger than the sum of its parts. Pianist Abigail Sin and violinist Loh Jun Hong join forces to explore notions of evolution and transformation in music. Every twist of fate and every turn of the kaleidoscope reveals new emotional landscapes, leading us far away from home. What is certain is that we will be forever changed by these journeys.

Featuring the mighty Chaconne for Solo Violin by J.S. Bach, Messiaen’s Theme and Variations for Violin and Piano, and selections from Beethoven’s sublime Piano Sonata in E Major Op. 109, this concert will also feature a collaboration with visual artist Yanyun Chen, who was recently presented at the President’s Young Talents 2018 exhibition at Singapore Art Museum.

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