Esplanade Presents


Turkish Classical Music

James Teo and Eugene Toh (Singapore)

6 – 30 Sep 2022


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse & Online

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Turkish classical music originated in Istanbul and was later developed in other major Ottoman cities and towns, from the palaces to the Sufi lodges of the Ottoman Empire. It is built upon a system of modes known as makam, with each makam having its unique intervallic structure and melodic development. James Teo and Eugene Toh present Turkish classical music from the 19th century to modern day, featuring the oud - one of the most distinctive musical instruments in the Turkish musical tradition.


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.  No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

James Teo

James was first introduced to Middle Eastern music in 2014 while studying Ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Much inspired by the sound of the oud, he studied with Italian oud player Francesco Iannuzzelli at SOAS. Particularly drawn towards the Turkish oud, James began studying the Turkish oud tradition and Turkish classical music with Baha Yetkin, a London-based Turkish oud performer. Since his return to Singapore, James has collaborated with several groups including early music ensemble Cappella Martialis and SG Oudist, a community of local oud players. He has also been involved in several cross-cultural projects where he collaborated with artists from the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society, Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra and Siong Leng Musical Association.

Eugene Toh

Eugene is a percussionist active in the local percussion performance as well as education scene. He has performed under the baton of Tsung Yeh, Lan Shui, Lim Yau, Tan Dun, Chan Tze Law, Quek Ling Kiong, Günther Herbig, among others. Some highlights of his orchestral appearances include the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Singapore Festival Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers, The Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Philharmonic Winds.


Eugene first studied Chinese percussion with Mr Quek Ling Kiong when he joined the Dunman High School Chinese Orchestra at the age of 13. Since then, he had actively explored various fields of percussion under the guidance of teachers such as Ngoh Kheng Seng, Tan Loke Chuah. Eugene holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree conferred by the Royal College of Music, under the tutelage of Mark Suter. From 2015 to 2017, he was a full-time chamber musician with Ding Yi Music Company. He teaches at School of the Arts and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and currently studies South Indian percussion under the tutelage of Sri D Rajagopal at the Temple of Fine Arts. He has also studied Middle Eastern percussion with Yshai Afterman, and konnakol with Pete Lockett.

Date & Time


On Demand

6 Sep 2022, Tue


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse


On demand viewing available after the livestream

7 – 30 Sep 2022

Available until 30 Sep, 8.30pm

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