April 2010 saw the group embark on The Ensemble Dimension Project, a mentoring mission to cultivate the chamber music scene among the young in Singapore. Helmed by violist Lionel Tan, The Ensemble Dimension Project infused a series of six T'ang Quartet concerts with young passion.
The first, Highly Strung, was a collaboration with DJ Aldrin. The inspired effort shone a new light on the T'ang Quartet's capabilities as it merged classical music with electronic music while shaping a platform to hone fresh talent.
From the world of Borodin and Stravinsky to New York City, Azerbaijan to Brazil and Spain, the audience experienced in a sensorial presentation daring juxtapositions of classical sounds, alternative vibes, dance beats and exotic world music.
“Highly Strung is one of the ways how concerts will evolve for 21st century audiences and performers. We hope to be able to scout talents and identify musicians who have the potential as the next generation of performers. For this first installation, expect talent in all its forms - youthful, precocious, unpredictable, instinctive... we will be featuring talents from NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts), SOTA (School Of The Arts), SNYO (Singapore National Youth Orchestra), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (NUS) and The Menuhin School of Music (UK)”, said Lionel Tan, violist.
A sharp show aside, Highly Strung was a process of skill, incubation and mentorship which led to experience, exposure and growth for young talent.
Press Coverage & Reviews
Stravinsky's Dance Russe was captivating, while Michael Daugherty's Paul Roberson Told Me and Mugam Sayati by Franghiz Ali-Zade were intriguing and uplifting. But above all, the gig was highly enjoyable and fun… After the show, one concertgoer was heard to mutter, "I never knew classical music could be like that."
T'ang Quartet X Aldrin Strung Together, Juice Magazine
Highly Fun with the T'ang, Today Online
Highly Strung and Raring to Go, singaporekopitiam.sg
Highly Strung I, CNNGo
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