©2017 BY SYAFIQAH 'ADHA SALLEHIN. PORTRAIT PHOTOS BY JEFF LOW. 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Music (with Honours) and her Masters of Music from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM), at the National University of Singapore in 2013 and 2016 respectively. There, she studied classical contemporary music composition with Professor Ho Chee Kong. A recipient of the “Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award” by MENDAKI in 2010, Syafiqah is the first and by far the only Malay-Muslim Singaporean student of the conservatory.


Syafiqah’s works often incorporate elements of her national identity, cultural heritage and themes of myths and fantasy. In 2016, she was featured as the composer-in-residence for the 2nd Singapore International Festival of Music and premiered “Ikan Girl”, a music and theatrical dance collaborative work with arts company Bhumi Collective. In 2015, she was a Singaporean composer representative in a new music festival organized by the Society of Malaysian Contemporary Composers (SMCC) called SoundBridge, presenting her work “Of Mood and Motion”. In 2013, she was awarded the second prize for her composition “Dance of the Merlions” at the 31st Asian Composers’ League Festival (Singapore). Also a music arranger, Syafiqah has arranged for various performing ensembles in Singapore, such as the T’ang Quartet, the Singapore Wind Symphony and the Orchestra of the Music Makers.


Syafiqah is also a self-taught accordionist in the Malay traditional music genre. She is the music director of Gendang Akustika, a Malay traditional-contemporary music ensemble in Singapore, and she actively performs on the accordion with the ensemble. Besides traditional Malay music, Syafiqah has also performed on the accordion in various concerts, such as the “OMMProm Presents: Jazz!” with the Orchestra of the Music Makers (2015), “Lord of the Rings In Concert: Fellowship of the Ring” with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (2013) and “Take a Bet on T’ang” with the T’ang Quartet (2013).

PORTFOLIO AT A GLANCE

 
 

SERIOUS WORKS

2016

Mahligai; for solo piano; 6'15".

16th December, School of the Arts Concert Hall, Singapore. Specially commissioned for Song Ziliang Singapore International Festival of Music 2016.

Ikan Girl; for flute, violin, accordion, piano and percussions; 37’.

21st and 23rd October, The Arts House, Singapore. A music and dance multi-disciplinary work performed for the Singapore International Festival of Music 2016.

Flutter; for three flutes; 4'30".

12th August, Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, USA. World premiere by flute trio Flutterfly at the National Flute Association Convention 2016.

Pantun Pusaka; for SATB a cappella voices; 5’.

23rd July, Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore. Performed by The SYC Ensemble Singers for the 2016 Singapore Choral Festival - 7 Iconic Conductors concert.

 

PERFORMANCES

2016

Ikan Girl and Portrait of a Virtuoso, Singapore

21st and 23rd October, The Arts House, Singapore. Singapore International Festival of Music. Performed as an accordionist.

 

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Faculty Recital/Visiting Artist Series: Mozart & Mahler, Singapore

17th September, YSTCM Concert Hall, Singapore. Performed as an accordionist in a chamber arrangement of Mahler’s 4th Symphony under the baton of Associate Professor Chan Tze Law.

 

Stories from an Island City, Teng Ensemble, Singapore

12th August, Esplande Concert Hall. Performed as a guest accordionist with the Teng Ensemble.