Thaddeus ChungYu

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!

I’m from Singapore. Began learning music from very little, started on the violin and eventually began learning the viola upon entering the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO). I studied in the School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA) and am one of its pioneer graduates in 2012. I served in the Singapore National Service (Military) for two years and now I’m in my undergraduate second year in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

How did you first get into music?

My mother exposed me to piano and some basic music theory when I was very little. I learnt the violin under the Suzuki School for a few years before moving on to private lessons under professional musicians. I entered the SNYO as a young teenager, where I picked up the viola and began playing in ensembles and orchestras throughout Singapore. Formally decided to dedicate myself to the viola towards the end of my high school. Been playing the Viola for ten years now.

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

When I learned that I’m horrible at Academics. Advance Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry is just beyond me. I fared better in music so far, so I guess this is my path in life.

What has been your musical highlight so far?

Got into an apprenticeship scheme with Scottish Ensemble (9th – 14th January 2018)
Master Class with Maxim Rysanov (Friday 3rd Nov 2017)
Master Class with Paul Coletti (Wednesday 28th March 2018).
Street Orchestra Live in North East England (30th June – 8th July)

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

Music Composers: J.S. Bach, John Jenkins, L. v. Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff
Art/Sculpture: Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo
Musicians: Tabea Zimmerman, Maxim Rysanov,

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

Taxing rehearsals, fun and fast travelling, outdoor performances in various venues