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A premier Asian orchestra gaining recognition around the world, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) aims to enrich the local cultural scene, serving as a bridge between the musical traditions of Asia and the West, and providing artistic inspiration, entertainment and education.

A full-time professional orchestra with 96 members, the SSO now makes its performing home at the Esplanade Concert Hall, and also performs regularly at other venues. Performing over 50 symphonic programmes a year, its versatile repertoire spans the all-time favourites and orchestral masterpieces to exciting cutting-edge premieres. In support of Singaporean talent, local musicians and composers feature prominently in the concert season. Since its inception in 1979, the SSO has toured America, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, France, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Its recent 6-city tour of London and Germany, which included a sold-out performance at the Berlin Philharmonie, garnered rave reviews from publications such as The Times and Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Since Maestro Lan Shui assumed the position of Music Director in 1997, he has raised the Orchestra’s profile and level of excellence, and is committed to the performance of new Asian compositions. Choo Hoey, who was Music Director from 1979 to 1996, is credited for developing the Orchestra with his diverse programming.

Among the SSO’s recordings under BIS are a number of CDs which have earned international acclaim, including a recently released Seascapes CD, and the first-ever complete cycle of Tcherepnin's six piano concertos and four symphonies. The SSO has also recorded the music of Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Bright Sheng and Richard Yardumian, collaborating with such great artists as Evelyn Glennie, Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Noriko Ogawa, Christian Lindberg and Martin Frost.






To enrich the cultural life of Singapore by providing artistic inspiration, entertainment and education.