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Brandon Voo

 
Name: Brandon Voo
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Location: Toa Payoh
Singapore 310205
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Additional Info: Cellist Brandon Voo graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the class of Nella Hunkins, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore in 2008. He furthered his musical education in chamber music playing at the 46th Summer Music Academy at the Académie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland and alternative string playing at the New Directions Cello Festival 2013 at Ithaca College in the United States.

At age 11, Brandon joined the Singapore Youth Orchestra (SYO) and was an active member of the orchestra for 8 years. He was principal cellist with the SYO from 1996-1997 and performed Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major with the orchestra in 1996. His cello teachers then included Koo Chiang, Hermina Ilano, Liu Peng, Wang Xiaolan and Ding Xiaofeng. Brandon was also selected by the Asian Youth Orchestra in 2003, and served his National Service with the Singapore Armed Forces Music and Drama Company (SAFMDC) from 1998-2000.

Since 2013, Brandon has been a cellist with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (MFO). Performances with the MFO for the 2017/2018 season include; ‘Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour', 'Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy -Jiritsu', and 'Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens'. In January 2018, he was appointed Principal Cellist of the MFO for the concert 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets In Concert'.

In 2018, Brandon was invited to join re:SOUND, Singapore's only professional chamber orchestra for classical music. His first concert with re:SOUND was 'Baroque to Beethoven with Pavlo Beznosiuk' on 4 May 2018.

Besides orchestral playing, Brandon has performed as a soloist and chamber musician. His solo recital ‘Asian Arpeggione and Romantic Rachmaninov’ at The Arts House and chamber recital ‘Schubert: The Piano Trios’ at the Esplanade Recital Studio were completely sold out. Brandon also frequently crosses over to the genre of pop. His experience as a backup musician include shows with singing sensations like Sarah Brightman, Peter Cetera, Sophia Chang, Jacky Cheung, David Foster, Jerry Huang, Katherine Jenkins, One-Fang, and Russell Watson.

With over a decade of teaching experience, Brandon is very much in demand as a private cello tutor amongst both Singaporeans as well as the expatriate community, which includes nationals of Australia, Belgium, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United States of America. Many of his students who started cello lessons with him as a child continue playing cello well into their adulthood, joining alumni school orchestras or community orchestras. His students develop their own creativity, expression and passion as musicians, are able to play music that they enjoy, and are conversant with a wide variety of different musical styles, such as classical, pop and ethnic.

Brandon and his cello students believe in giving back to the community through music making. He and his students performed at the 'Fight Cancer Charity Concert' organised by the Singapore Japanese Association in aid of the National Cancer Centre Research Fund on 2 December 2017.

Brandon has also taught cello to many award-winning school orchestras in Singapore, and is currently the cello tutor at the German European School Singapore (Junior and Main Campus), Nanyang Primary School String Ensemble and Nanyang Girls' High School String Ensemble.
Additional Specialisms: Orchestral Playing, Session Work, Solo Performance, Early Music, Contemporary Music, Jazz, Improvisation
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