Out of the Depths is the theme of the first post-lockdown concert of Bachfest Malaysia, and the two cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) featured on this concert programme were selected to symbolize where we are right now as global citizens.
“夜盡天明”是馬來西亞巴赫節在疫情封鎖解放後的第一場音樂會，而節目中兩部由約 翰·瑟巴斯蒂安·巴赫(1685-1750)所創作的清唱劇是精心特選來記念全球公民目前所經 歷的境況。
Out of the Depths is the theme of the first post-lockdown concert of Bachfest Malaysia, and the two cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) featured on this concert programme were selected to symbolize where we are right now as global citizens. The first cantata focuses on the message of waiting and coming “out of the depths”, while the second cantata is about the preparation of a new journey, as we anticipate the dawn of a brighter future with much faith after a challenging year. The concert will begin with a guitar solo featuring Fugue in Eb major, BWV998, followed by two cantatas with introductory lecture presented by the conductor. Bach wrote over a thousand works in his life time, and about a quarter of them are vocal works written for various church services. The general term used later to describe this large body of works is simply Bachkantaten (Bach cantatas), and most of them were composed according to the lectionary on a weekly basis during the first five years of Bach’s tenure appointment in Leipzig (1723- 27). They were performed by the Thomaner (St. Thomas Boys Choir) in the weekly church services, and the lengths are generally around 20-30 minutes each. As we gather together once again to celebrate quality music with live performances by the Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra, may we discover deeper meanings as we listen to these wonderful works by Bach, and be comforted by the hopeful messages of love, peace, and joy.
Bach wrote over a thousand works in his life time, and about a quarter of them are vocal works written for various church services. The general term used later to describe this large body of works is simply Bachkantaten (Bach cantatas), and most of them were composed according to the lectionary on a weekly basis during the first five years of Bach’s tenure appointment in Leipzig (1723- 27). They were performed by the Thomaner (St. Thomas Boys Choir) in the weekly church services, and the lengths are generally around 20-30 minutes each.
As we gather together once again to celebrate quality music with live performances by the Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra, may we discover deeper meanings as we listen to these wonderful works by Bach, and be comforted by the hopeful messages of love, peace, and joy.
“夜盡天明”是馬來西亞巴赫節在疫情封鎖解放後的第一場音樂會，而節目中兩部由約翰·瑟巴斯 蒂安·巴赫(1685-1750)所創作的清唱劇是精心特選來記念我們全球公民目前所經歷的境況。 第一部清唱劇唱述耐心等待天明的信息，而第二部清唱劇的內容則專注於為嶄新的旅途整裝待 發，有如我們在疫情后持守信念迎向更美好、更光明的未來。音樂會將以吉他獨奏詮釋《E 大 調賦格曲》BWV 998 揭開序幕，隨後便是指揮在現場所給予曲目賞析的短講以及兩部清唱劇的 演出。
巴赫生平創作了超過一千部的作品，其中約有四分之一是寫給教會崇拜所使用的聲樂作品。這 一類作品後來被統稱為“巴赫清唱劇”，而大多數是巴赫剛到萊比錫首五年(1723-27)每周日根 據經課所寫的作品。當時每周日演出這些作品的是聖多馬男聲合唱團，一般清唱劇的時長約 20-30 分鐘。
當我們再一次因優質音樂而歡聚，並一同觀賞由馬來西亞巴赫慶典合唱與管弦樂團現場所呈現 的演出時，讓我們更深一層地欣賞巴赫偉大的作品，並因曲中充滿盼望的信息看到真愛、和平 與喜樂。
Bachfest Malaysia was founded in 2015 by its Artistic Director David Chin in commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th birthday anniversary, and their first concert was the premiere performance of St. John Passion in Malaysia, performed by the award-winning Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra. In commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s reformation in 2017, they performed Mass in B minor and commissioned a new work based on Luther's chorale in a concert organized by the Lutheran Church in Malaysia. In the 2018-19 season, they presented Bach’s cantatas and motets in liturgical setting, performed Bach’s instrumental and vocal works, and presented a series of lectures and concerts, and Bach’s monumental St. Matthew Passion in Central and Southern Malaysia, which won them the 17th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards for "Best of 2019" and "Best Choral Ensemble". The Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra is honored to be invited by Bachfest Leipzig to perform multiple chorale cantatas at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany in 2022. Bachfest Malaysia recently produced "Encountering Bach", a 130-minute documentary on the life and music of J.S. Bach in both English and Mandarin versions, hosted by Artistic Director David Chin, and filmed exclusively in all the Bach landmarks in Central Germany.
馬來西亞巴赫節於 2015 年由陳子虔博士創立，在大馬首演巴赫的《聖約翰受難曲》，由 馬來西亞巴赫慶典合唱與管弦樂團演出。2017 年，為紀念馬丁路德宗教改革五百週年， 他們於在馬來西亞信義會所舉辦的兩場音樂會上呈現巴赫的《B 小調彌撒曲》並委任一部 以馬丁·路德眾讚曲為創作題材的新作品。馬來西亞巴赫節在 2018 年七月與福音文化中心 合作，通過禮儀式崇拜呈現巴赫的清唱劇與經文歌等音樂;十二月與 Ensemble Virama 聯合主辦『巴赫新年音樂會』，呈現器樂與聲樂作品，並以巴赫《C 大調管弦樂組曲》中 的序曲以及陳子虔博士獨奏的巴赫《D 大調大鍵琴協奏曲》分別贏得第十六屆寶樂金馬倫 藝術獎的“最佳器樂合奏獎”以及“最佳器樂獨奏獎”。他們在 2019-2020 年呈現一系列 的巴赫講座音樂會、燭光合唱晚會、室內樂音樂會，以及巴赫的經典巨作《聖馬太受難 曲》，並以此演出獲得第 17 屆寶樂金馬倫藝術獎的“2019 最佳演出”以及“最佳合唱演 出”兩個獎項。『馬來西亞巴赫慶典合唱與管弦樂團』非常榮幸地被邀請於 2022 年六月 到德國萊比錫巴赫節上，在聖多馬教堂內呈現數首巴赫的清唱劇。馬來西亞巴赫節近期也 推出了《追踪巴赫》，一部時長 130 分鐘介紹巴赫生平與音樂的紀錄影片，攝於德國重要 的巴赫地標，由藝術總監陳子虔博士主持。
Born in Penang Malaysia, soprano Chew Shi Yun currently serves as the Director of Yin Qi Children’s Choir and Subang City Discipleship Presbyterian Chinese Church Choir. Over the years, Shi Yun has appeared as an active concert soloist and chorister in collaboration with conductors Elaine Pao (Yin Qi Choir), Caeleb Tee (Yin Qi Choir), and Dr. David Chin (Bachfest Malaysia). Her recent highlights including performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Ich Freue Mich in Dir, BWV133 with Bachfest Malaysia; Gounod’s O Devine Redeemer and Dubois’ The Seven Last Words with Yin Qi Choir. Shi Yun was one of the soloists at the Yin Qi Young Christian Singers Concert Tour in 2012. She was the first runner-up in Yin Qi’s 8th Singing Competition in 2013. Shi Yun holds Diploma in Musician Building from Te Deum Music Workshop. She pursued Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano under the tutelage of renowned pianist Elaine Pao. She also studied vocal performance with Cecilia Yap, Mei Foong Ang, Chiong Rong Lu, Solomon Chong, and Peter Chung.
YiLing holds Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham Conservatoire (UK) in vocal and opera performance, as well as Master of Music Education degree at the Kodály Institute of Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Hungary). During her studies in England, YiLing won gold medals in Opera and Lieder category in North London Music and Drama Festival, Ella Ceshire Soprano Scholarship, Margaret Pascoe Singing Award, and Joseph Weingarten Prize (full scholarship) for her education in Kodály method in Hungary, and broke the highest record for recent years at the entrance examination of the Kodály Institute. YiLing also scored three consecutive top marks (Grade 8, ATCL, and LTCL) in Trinity College of London performance examinations, and was given Awards of Excellence.
Okawa Tan, a native from Bintulu, graduated from Eastman School of Music with his Masters in Choral Conducting. Since 2019, he has been actively teaching vocal lessons and providing choral trainings for local church choirs in his hometown Bintulu. He is the 2020-2021 season conductor for the Bintulu Chinese Christian Music Association. Okawa received Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Liberty University in 2017. He has been teaching voice lessons to students in the genres of classical, musical theater, and pop singing. In addition to teaching, Okawa enjoys singing in concert settings, both as a chorister and a soloist. He has been an active member of Bachfest Malaysia since 2015. Okawa has studied conducting under Dr. William Weinert, Dr. David Chin, Brad Lubman, and Simon Carrington. His voice teachers include Katherine Ciesinski, Dr. Wayne Kompelien, and Dr. Chad Somers.
Bryan was born in Sibu and grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak, and piano was his first instrument. He graduated with Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons.) at UCSI University. He studied classical voice with Rachel Tan, Cecelia Yap, and Solomon Chong, and his piano instructor was Carolyn Lo. Bryan serves as a music teacher at Kuen Cheng High School in Kuala Lumpur. He has been actively involved in choral camps, performances, workshops, and competitions. He was selected to study and perform at Pro Musica and Opera Plus Workshop, and was coached by Program Director and Principal Vocal Coach Loh Siew Tuan, Pianist, Pianists Hein Boterberg and Michael Hampton, as well as Stage Directors Benoît De Leersnyder and Kittinant Chins. Bryan is a member of East Malaysia Bach Cantata Singers, Malaysia Bach Festival Singers, and Mendelssohnchor Malaysia, all under the direction of Dr. David Chin.
Lisa graduated with Bachelor of Music degree at The University College Sedaya International (UCSI), where she majored in Violin Performance under the tutorage of Prody Batholomew and Lillian Wang. She has worked with numerous orchestras such as Selangor Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Kota Kinabalu Symphony Orchestra, and RTM orchestra. In addition to performing with various orchestras and ensembles, Lisa is a full-time violin teacher who enjoys teaching young children the instrument once she hated. Although music occupied most of her time, she still finds time for running, watching Netflix, and petting cats.
Lu Ee is a passionate musician whose musical pursuits have brought her great opportunities across the globe. She holds a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance (M.Mus) from the Schulich School of Music – McGill University in Montreal, Canada with the highest distinction. During her time in Montreal, she was under the tutelage of Felicia Moye, Violaine Melaçon, and Denise Lupien. Before moving to Canada, Lu Ee completed her Bachelor’s Degree (B. Mus) in Violin Performance at DePaul University (School of Music) in Chicago, USA, where she studied with Janet Sung.
An accomplished violinist, Lu Ee has performed across the United States and Canada while pursuing her studies and career abroad. She was awarded multiple music fellowships and talent grant scholarships in both universities for her outstanding performances. As an avid chamber musician, Lu Ee had the privilege to attend summer music festivals with awards and full scholarships. These include the Madeline Island Music Camp, where she was part of the Fellowship String Quartet under the Jorja Fleezanis Fellowship, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Arianna Chamber Music Festival under the Arianna's Collegiate Awards, as well as the Sunflower Music Festival under the Collegiate Quartet Award. In addition, Lu Ee had the opportunity to work with world renowned string quartets such as the Arianna String Quartet, Shanghai String Quartet, Jupiter String Quartet, Enso String Quartet, Belcea Quartet, and the Ying Quartet. As an orchestral player, Lu Ee has performed with the McGill Symphony Orchestra, DePaul Symphony Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony, the Bowdoin Festival Orchestra, and has held Principal and Concertmaster positions in some of these orchestras.
Nelson Wong Cheong Lum started learning the oboe at the age of 18, and decided to pursue in becoming a professional oboist ever since. He obtained Diploma of Music from the Malaysia Institute of Arts (MIA, 2009), where he studied under Duncan Thorpe, Joost Flach, and Simon Emes (Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Oboe Sub-Principal, Co-Principal and Principal respectively). With his gifted talent, he was awarded a full scholarship from the Korea National University of Arts (KNUA) to further pursue his Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance under the guidance of Ingo Goritzki and Jong-Duk Kim from 2010-2013.
He currently serves as a principal oboist at the National Symphony Orchestra (MNSO) of Malaysia at Istana Budaya, in addition to maintaining a busy concert schedule and teaching private oboe lessons at several universities such as the UPM, UPSI, and UITM. Nelson is a member of Malaysia Bach Festival Orchestra and East Malaysia Bach Cantata Singers and Orchestra, and has performed numerous major works and sacred cantatas by J. S. Bach. He often appears as a substitute player in the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra as a principal guest substitute player.
Tang started learning the Classical Guitar at the age of 16. He enrolled in the Music Department of Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) majored in the classical guitar under the tutelage of Ms. Malgorzata Skrodzka-Ng. Later on, Tang went to Del Mar College and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with scholarship, under the guidance of Professor Philip Hii and Dr. Wann-Dar Tan. Subsequently, Tang completed his Master's degree in Music Performance with a scholarship at Texas Tech University School of Music, where he was also awarded teaching assistantship to Dr. James Bogle. Tang performs regularly and actively engaging himself in classical music outreach programs with VerSeS's KL Madrigal Singers.
Sabahan musician Chong Eugene started his musical journey at the age of 9 with the piano, subsequently taking up the cello at the age of 15. During his years in university studying Chemical Engineering, he had a realization that his true passion lay in Music. Upon graduation, he decided to become a musician. Eugene has been an active member of the Kuala Lumpur music scene since 2008, and has performed in the masterclass of renowned cellist, Jian Wang. Eugene is one of the founding members of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO), and has also performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), the Selangor Symphony Orchestra (SSO), and other orchestras in the country. Eugene is the Principle Cellist at Malaysia Bach Festival Orchestra and the East Malaysia Bach Cantata Singers and Orchestra, and has performed many major works by Bach, such as the Mass in B minor, St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and numerous cantatas.
Apart from performing in Classical Music, Eugene has also performed in many musical and theatre productions, and has done commercial work for Astro Chinese Golden Melodies, pop orchestras and bands, collaborating with Malaysian singers Jaclyn Victor, Vince Chong, Rozz, Anna Chong, Janet Lee, and renowned Hong Kong singers like Francis Yip. Eugene’s interests and passion has also crossed into the world of Indian Classical Music, where he has performed with the Temple of Fine Arts in a variety of productions. He is currently a member of the Sixteen Strings String Quartet which actively performs in KL, and has toured around Malaysia with the group.
David Chin is the founder and Artistic Director of Bachfest Malaysia, and the conductor of the award-winning Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra, as well as Mendelssohnchor Malaysia. The recent performances of St. Matthew Passion by the Malaysia Bach Festival Singers & Orchestra under David's direction was awarded "Best of 2019" and "Best Choral Ensemble Performance" for the 17th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. They will perform multiple chorale cantatas by J.S. Bach at the St. Thomas Church during Bachfest Leipzig 2022 in Germany. In the same year, David has also been invited to conduct at the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York, and a concert tour featuring Beethoven's Missa solemnis in East Malaysia. His recent performance of Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D major was awarded the 16th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards for "Best Instrumental Solo Performance". David has also won awards in piano solo and piano concerto, as well as original compositions for chorus and orchestra. David recently produced "Encountering Bach", a documentary on the life and works of J.S. Bach filmed exclusively at all the Bach sites and institutions in Germany. He has also been appointed to translate the latest Bach's biography by renowned Bach scholar Michael Maul from German into Chinese. David currently serves on the music faculty at Sunway University in Malaysia, as well as the committee of the national Chinese independent high schools in Malaysia, where he is one of the music textbook editors, and provides music training for music teachers throughout the nation.
In addition to Bach’s major works and many cantatas, he has conducted music by composers extending from Palestrina, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, and Mendelssohn to Poulenc, Stravinsky, Fauré, Finzi, and MacMillan, as well as world premieres, among others. David has served as music professor and choral director at several universities in the United States, and his conducting students have been admitted to graduate programs at prominent institutions such as the Westminster Choir College, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Georgia State University, University of Tennessee, and University of Connecticut, to name a few. He has taught and performed in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, HK, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, and Italy. He holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where he received full scholarship to pursue both degrees. Philippians 4:13. Website: www.davidchinmusic.com