The Jakarta Post
Ng Yu-Ying (left), Ang Chek Meng (second left), Airin Efferin (center), Leslie Tan (second right) and Lionel Tan perform during an event organized by the Singaporean Embassy in Jakarta on Nov. 4. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira )
The Singaporean Embassy in Jakarta presented a collaboration between Singapore-based music ensemble T’ang Quartet and Bandung-based pianist and Bandung Philharmonic co-founder Airin Efferin on Saturday.
Held in Cikini, Central Jakarta, the event was part of RISING50 -- a celebration of 50 years of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Singapore.
Among the songs performed at the event were “Divertimento in D Major” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “String Quartet No. 8” by Peter Sculthorpe and “Lament in the Trampled Garden” by Marjan Mozetich.
“It’s very nice to be back in Indonesia again. We’ve performed quite often in Indonesia and this is the second time that [Singapore] Ambassador Anil [Kumar Nayar] has invited us,” said Leslie Tan, the quartet’s cellist, before the show.
Tan added that the ensemble was celebrating its 25th anniversary. “Our 25 years is half of the collaboration, but imagine four people working together for 25 years -- that’s not so easy as well.”
“Fifty years ago, in September 1967, Singapore and Indonesia established formal diplomatic relations. To put it mildly, at that time the relationship between the two countries was going through a very challenging phase,” said Ambassador Nayar. “But 50 years later when we look at the relationship -- whether it’s defense, trade, investment, security -- the relationship has gone from strength to strength. And a very important reason for the successful development of the relationship has been the strength of the people-to-people relationship between our two countries.”
Following the concert, the group, consisting of Ng Yu-Ying on the first violin, Ang Chek Meng on the second violin, Lionel Tan on the viola and Leslie Tan on the cello, ended its trip to Jakarta by teaching musicians in a master-class on Sunday. (kes)