From piano and violin, guitar to cello, classical music is totally having a moment here in Singapore, so we’ve asked the pros over at our one-stop classical music centre Gramercy Music to round up the top acts to add to your playlists.
But before you get sidetracked by wicked music vids’, we’d just like to point out that it’s never too late to take up a musical instrument yourself. You don’t need to know your viola from your violin or be able to strum a D minor to be inspired by Gramercy Music’s range, especially when there’s heaps of advice available to help you decide which piano or stringed instrument would suit you best.
Starting out as a humble music store in Odeon Katong Shopping Centre in 1988, Gramercy Music grew alongside the rise of Singapore’s orchestras and music studies. Their gorgeous East Coast showroom (and website over at gramercy.com.sg) now stocks everything from musical scores and accessories, to pianos and modern and classic string and brass instruments from international brands such as Ant. Dvorak and Eurostrings. Plus, they offer in-house repairs and restorations, with professional makers from China and Europe on hand to provide customised services.
So, Spotify at the ready folks, let’s hear it for our favourite classical music acts!
The Piano Guys Live in Singapore
We reckon your kids will think their parents uber-cool when they catch you listening to this stunning classical reinvention of Disney’s Frozen ‘Let It Go’ by Utah-based group, The Piano Guys. Made up of four Dads – Jon Schmidt (Piano), Steven Sharp Nelson (Cello), Al Van Der Beek (Producer, Songwriter) and Paul Anderson (Producer, Videographer) – the group became a Youtube sensation when they uploaded their self-made music videos and now they’re touring the world playing their stuff, including a concert at The Star Theatre on 13 April 2015. Bonus! Get your tickets over at Sistic.
This Singaporean-born violinist started playing at the age of two. Fast forward 10 years and she was already debuting with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, followed not long after by the Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra – and the list goes on. Min Lee is the Programme Director for the Wolfgang Violin Studio in UE Square if you fancy booking your tots to teens in for a taster. In the meantime, treat yourself to a listen!
Everyone from grandmothers to trendy 20-something’s (and Anthony Hopkins!) will go weak at the sound of Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu’s classical music. Best known for his waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra, he’s topped the charts repeatedly and, while they’re not scheduled a Singapore stop anytime soon, we can always keep hoping.
Over 675 million views on YouTube, chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide – that’s American violinist and composer Lindsey Stirling’s modern classic meets dance electronica for you. Hard to believe that Piers Morgan told her following her performance on ‘America’s Got Talent’ quarter-finals that the world had no place for a dancing dubstep violinist! Lindsey recently stepped onto stage for a concert at Marina Bay Sands, but if you missed it, check out one of her starry performances here.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
How could we not include the world’s best-known and best-loved violin prodigy, especially considering most music students end up with a Mozart score in front of them at some stage? Born in the 1700s, Mozart composed classical music from the age of five, and went on to create over 600 works during his life – opera overture The Marriage of Figaro but one of them. Makes you want to settle into an easy chair with a G&T and a good view, don’t it!
Feeling classical? Shop musical instruments aplenty online at gramercy.com.sg or in-store at Gramercy Music’s showroom at No. 19, Ubi Crescent Singapore 408577.