Battle of the batons: Singapore Symphony Orchestra associate conductor wins 2nd Hong Kong International Conducting Competition

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has reason to celebrate after its Associate Conductor, Quek Ling Kiong, won the 2nd Hong Kong International Conducting Competition.

The competition, held in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on Sunday, saw a total of 11 finalists from eight countries compete for the top prize. After a series of rounds, Quek emerged as the winner, impressing the judges with his interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and his ability to bring out the best in the orchestra.

The competition was organised by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and sponsored by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and was judged by a panel of renowned musicians and conductors.

Speaking after the event, Quek expressed his delight at winning the competition. “I am deeply honored to have won this prestigious competition and I am grateful for the opportunity to showcase my skills to the world.”

The SSO also expressed its delight at Quek’s victory. “We are incredibly proud of Quek and his achievement,” said SSO General Manager, Choo Hwee Lim. “He is a great example of the talent that Singapore has to offer, and this win is a testament to his hard work and dedication.”

Quek is no stranger to international competitions, having won the Shell-NUS Conducting Competition in 2013. He is an Associate Conductor of the SSO, and has also conducted and collaborated with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Phoenix Symphony.

Quek’s victory is a remarkable achievement, not only for himself but also for Singapore’s music scene. His win is a testament to the talent and dedication of Singapore’s musicians, and a reminder that Singapore is a force to be reckoned with in the international music community.