Chan Wei Shing


Chan Wei Shing, born to a musical family, started learning the piano at the age of eight and the cello at ten, with Mrs. H. Ilano (Former sub-principal, SSO). In 1985, he won the First Prize in two categories of the National Music Competition – the Cello Open and the Chamber Music. Since then, Wei-Shing has been involved in many concerts and opera productions such as Die Fledermaus and La Traviata, and also Young Musicians Concerts. As principal cellist of the Singapore Youth Orchestra then, he was also selected as soloist in 1985 and in 1988 for the orchestra’s tour to Australia.


In 1988, Wei-Shing studied at the University of Music in Vienna with Prof. Angelika May for two years, as a result of winning the scholarship from the former Cultural Foundation and the Lee Foundation. Then he went on to the University of Music in Graz to study with Prof. Rudolf Leopold. Here in 1996, he was awarded the Master Degree of Arts major in Cello Performing.


During his study at the Graz University, Wei-Shing has been appointed principal cellist of the University Orchestra and University Opera Orchestra where he played in many concerts and operas. He was also chosen to represent the university in the exchange program with many different Academies and Universities in Europe.


Besides playing in orchestras, Wei-Shing also played in many Concerts and festivals such as the Vienna Festival Weeks, Bad Aussee Music Festival Weeks, Holland Music Session, Brahms Music Weeks, among others. He has also participated in master-classes with renowned cellist like William Pleeth, Phillipe Müller,Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Wolfgang Bottcher, Valentin Erban and Ivan Montigetti.


Since his return to Singapore, Wei-Shing has been performing regularly. He has been involved in many chamber concerts in Asia including a trio performance with pianist Pascal Roger, in the Singapore Arts Festival with the Singapore Dance Theater, and CD recording of works from Tsao Chieh and Poon Yew Tien.


In 2009, Wei-Shing was appointed the Music Director of The Millennial Orchestra and in his inaugural concert as music director, the orchestra hopes to feature local talents and composers which will include works by Dr. Kelly Tang, Dr. Er Yenn Chwen and many more. Among orchestra works, he also conducted operas by Donizetti,  Purcell, J. Strauss, B. Britten, C. Monteverdi and is the Music Director of The New Opera Singapore.