Malaysian composer Yeo Chow Shern recently graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music with a major in composition and minor in violin. Prior to this, he received his music education at the Malaysian Institute of Art and was an exchange student with the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore, USA. His principal composition teachers include Ho Chee Kong, Chong Kee Yong, Steven M. Miller, Kevin Puts, Yuan Leow Yunn, and has worked with composers Branko Stark and Cecilia Kim in master classes.
Chow Shern won the 2013 Southeast Asia Competition and Festival with his work “What is a Tree?” for ZhongRuan and ensemble. In August 2014, his work “Teo” for Flute, Oboe and Bassoon, which has been premiered at the ACME Darmstadt and in Cologne. His percussion work “Abiotic” succefully premiered and the performance has been awarded the Grand Prize in the WGI Percussion National Categories and WGI Percussion International Open Division in December, 2017.
Chow Shern is also passionate about composing for choir. His choral work “Jinkly Nona” has been successfully premiered by Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir on May 2019.
The catalogue of distinguished performers, ensembles, and orchestras who have performed Chow Shern’s music is extensive. Among the performers stand those such as Ang Mei Foong, Mak Chi Hoe, Susanna Saw, Wong Lai Foon, Nicholas Ong, Max Riefer, Roland Peelman, Manuel Nawri, Lee Kok Leong, Lee Shiak Yao, Eric Lee, Howard Ng, Tham Horng Kent, Florence Chong, Bossa Celli, Stringanza, Sixteen Strings String Quartet, Friend of Strings Chamber, Young Choral Academy, Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir, Ensemble Mosaik, The Song Company, Time Ensemble, KLPac String Orchestra, KLPac Orchestra, Penang Philharmonic Orchestra, PENSO Percussion Ensemble, MIA Ladies Chorus, Symphonic Winds of NSO Malaysia & Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Publisher: Self-published (chorale works at MUZIKSEA)
Original Works for Wind
Celebration and Dance (Perayaan) for wind band (2014) 5′ | watch
The Bakul Siah for solo bassoon and wind band (2013)
Arrangements for Wind
Songs of Childhood for wind band (2021) 6′ | watch