Chester Kang

Chester Kang

At the age of 13, Chester Kang from Singapore received his first bassoon lessons and first orchestral experience as a member of Singapore National Youth Orchestra. In 2005, he was awarded with the Best Performance Award in the Woodwind section of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra after the orchestra won the 1st Prize in the Orchestral Competition of the 34th International Youth Music Festival Vienna.

 

He began his music studies with Prof. Jinmin Zhang at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, and continued his Master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock with Catherine Larsen-Maguire. During his studies in Singapore and Germany, he played in various orchestras, such as the Lyric Opera Singapore, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra Singapore, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Classical Philharmonic Hamburg, Philharmonic Orchestra Vorpommern and many others.

 

During his studies in Germany (2015-2017), he was under the internship programme and worked regularly with the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock.

 

With his passion in chamber music, he plays in various chamber music groups, such as the Mecklenburg Wind Academy (under the guidance of Gregor Witt, Berlin Staatskapelle solo oboist), Kantatenorchester St. Johannis, and ensemble Hemingway of HMT Rostock. He is also the founder of C.L.A.P. Bassoon Ensemble.

 

In 2017, he performed Mozart Concertante für Bläserquartet as a soloist with Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin. In 2018, he premiered a newly written concerto for bassoon and orchestra (composed by Korean female composer Jeogmin Seo) with Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock in Germany.