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London Philharmonic Orchestra
(Based on ‘Utopia’ by Kenny Low)

Recording of The Symphony “Utopia” by Vladimir Martynov Is Released by Colta

November 9, 2020 | Highlights, In The News, UTOPIA Symphony

On November 13, a disc with a recording of the Utopia symphony composed by Vladimir Martynov 15 years ago at the request of the Ambassador of Singapore will go on sale.

The disc will be released by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which was the first to record the symphony under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski. Cover design is based on Utopia by Singaporean artist Kenny Low.

In 2003, the Ambassador of Singapore to Russia, Michael Tay, commissioned Vladimir Martynov with a symphony that would change the attitude of Russians towards Singapore and contribute to the rapprochement of the two countries.

Russian premiere of the symphony “Singapore. Geopolitical Utopia “for orchestra and mixed choir took place in 2005 in Moscow, two years later Martynov’s work was performed for the first time in Singapore by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in the presence of President Sellapan Ramanathan and Minister-mentor Lee Kuan Yew.

In 2019, the symphony was named Utopia, and the choral score was rewritten from Russian into English. In the fall of the same year, the London Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the symphony at Abbey Road Studios, and the solo parts were performed by the Singaporean violinist Loh Jun Hong.

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Joanna Dong and Chok Kerong kick start “The Series” with ‘‘第一章’ (The First Chapter)’ by Bandwagon

Singaporean Jazz-vocalist Joanna Dong teamed up with composer Chok Kerong to release ‘第一章’ (The First Chapter) on the 24th of September, marking the first in the UTOPIA Reimagined series “The Series” – which will see four artists reimagining a symphony written by Russian composer Vladimir Martynov and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jazz Vocalist Joanna Dong Releases Single Inspired by Symphony about Singapore

Press Release: Singaporean jazz singer Joanna Dong’s new single titled 《第一章》will be released on 24 September on major digital platforms, the first in the UTOPIA Reimagined Series (“the Series”) – an initiative by the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise (“The Foundation”) that will see four artists reimagine a symphony inspired by Singapore, written by a Russian composer and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO).

Robb Report Singapore’s Thought Leaders of 2021

Michael Tay’s early interest in philosophy has profoundly shaped the way he thinks about issues and trends – simultaneously teaching him how to seek underlying motivations and causes in the area of problem-solving. This, together with his passion for the arts and its place in society, led to the genesis of Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise, which aims to pin Singapore’s art scene onto the world map.