Mr. Kenny Ooi
Mr. Norman Cheen
I hope to make music more accessible to everyone in Malaysia. I believe that everyone can and should have access to music in their lives. – Norman Cheen
Born and raised in Penang, Norman Cheen is a full-time engineering student at the University of Bristol. To fulfil his strong passion for music-making, he embarked on his musical journey as a hobbyist.
When he was in high school, he was selected as the percussionist of the school’s orchestra, Chung Ling Butterworth Wind Orchestra (CLBWO), where he was also involved in orchestra management. It was in this orchestra that he developed a strong interest in classical music.
Since then, he has been actively performing in Malaysia with the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO), Penang Symphony Orchestra (PSO), Penang Wind Orchestra (PWO), Penang Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) and many others. His passion for music-making has brought him numerous touring opportunities, including touring with the MPYO to Singapore and Indonesia.
In university, he spreads the love of music to his friends who have limited musical knowledge. He even creates opportunities for them to be involved in simple yet memorable music performances on different occasions, such as graduation ceremonies and cultural performances.
Despite being a full-time student of engineering, Norman hopes to continue his musical journey and make music accessible to everyone in Malaysia. He believes that his involvement in The Rondo Production not only will help him to realise his dream but also the dreams of many people who love music.
Mr. Foo Donjie
I hope to dispel the long-standing stigma of a career in music, that there is no future to it. I hope to turn it into something that adds value to our daily life. – Foo Donjie (DJ)
Foo Donjie, better known as DJ, is a music instrument repair technician with DJ Winds Studio and saxophonist.
He found his interest in playing the saxophone when he joined Penang Chung Ling Wind Orchestra in high school. Since then, he started learning music from a few teachers.
During his 8 years musical journey, DJ has performed in orchestra, band and gigs, and won several prizes in competition performing with orchestra and ensemble. He has also tutored on saxophone performance in orchestra, ensemble and one-on-one lesson.
Currently, DJ is the principal saxophonist of Penang Wind Orchestra (PWO) and plays with Penang Jazz Society (PJS)’s Big Band of Penang (BBOP).
Ms. Soo Yi Yun (Yvonne)
I hope to carve out a space, be it a community hub or an ensemble, where we can explore our cultural heritage, engage with social issues, and co-create with different social groups through collaborative activities, including music-making. – Soo Yi Yun
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Soo Yi Yun is a conductor and music teacher with a passion for musical outreach and access to education.
Before she further her music study at Oxford University, she co-founded a Myanmar refugee choir, the Kuala Lumpur Milal Singers. Since then, she has conducted the KLPAC Orchestra, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, and Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). She was also an assistant conductor to Dr. John Traill with the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra.
While pursuing her master’s at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, she conducted a family concert with the RWCMD Symphony Orchestra, co-founded a repertoire orchestra, and developed an intercultural music project and a composers’ workshop.
Beyond conducting, Yi Yun has performed as a chorister with the MPO and Dithyrambic Singers, and as a choral scholar with the Oriel College Chapel Choir.
Her passion for community work has led her to offer music workshops for prisoners and children with special needs. She is now on a gap year and interning at Ideas Academy, a secondary education learning centre for underprivileged children, including the refugees.
To Yi Yun, music has shaped her identity, especially during her formative years – from discovering her passion for education to enjoying collaborative music-making with people from different walks of life. She aspires to explore other ways of giving back to the community through the musical lens.