YEW TIEN PHOON
Presently the Head of Music at the Nanyang Academy of FIne Arts, Phoon began
his composition studies In the seventies with Leong Yoon Pin. In 1980, he was
offered a scholarship by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to pursue his musical
training in the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia. Within four years, Phoon
graduated with a degree in Music Composition and a degree in Music Instrumental
(Flute) simultaneously. While in Australia, he had studied composition under
Elaine Dobson, Alen Lane and Karl Vine and the flute under David Cabbin, Geoffrey
Collins and Louise Dellit.
diversified and imaginative composition skills may be testified by the string
of awards received, including the distinguished awards in "Our Songs"
Writing Competition (1977), Nanyang University Song Writing Competition (1978)
and "Song for Workers" Writing Competition (1978). In Australia, he was
thrice awarded the prestigious Dulcie Robertson Prize for composition in the
years 1980,1981 and 1983. In 1984, his composition, "Autumn" won him the
Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize by the Asian Composer's Society.
to receiving commissions from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore
Youth Orchestra and the People's Association Chinese Orchestra, Phoon has been
approached annually by the Hwa Chong Junior College Chinese Orchestra from 1981
to 1991 to write for the college's yearly public concert. His works are also
regularly featured in the "New Music Forum" - the platform for
collaborated with various dance and drama groups and Singaporean artists such
as Tan Swie Hian, Kuo Pao Kun, Goh Lay Kuan and Lim Fei Shen. Many of these
works were performed in the Singapore Festival of Arts, Festival of Dance and
the ASEAN Arts Festival. Outside home, Phoon's work have been performed by
various orchestras in Hong Kong, Taiwan, England, New Zealand, Japan,
Australia, France and Italy.
established himself as possibly the most promising and imaginative composer of
his generation. His music successfully combines a basically Chinese idiom with
contemporary techniques and styles. It is often transparent and spare in
texture, making effective and careful use of tone colour.