Esplanade Presents


Spectrum Platform: Contemporary Chinese Music

Sim Kee and Chen Ning (Singapore)

22 Feb 2023, Wed, 6.45pm & 7.45pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse

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Spectrum Platform presents an evening of contemporary classical music that explores the aspirations of the modern, and inspirations in music of today.

An evening of contemporary Chinese works performed by Sim Kee (guzheng) and Chen Ning (erhu). This performance will showcase the usage of extended techniques that are not commonly seen or used in traditional Chinese repertoire. The evening will also feature an arrangement of 《月琴赞》 , originally written for the guzheng and zhong ruan but rearranged for guzheng and erhu for the occasion.


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

Chen Ning (Erhu/Piano)


Chen Ning started learning the erhu at the tender age of 10, under the tutelage of Xu Wenjing. Her keen interest in the instrument led to her joining the Nanyang Primary School’s Chinese Orchestra and thereafter, the Nanyang Girls’ High School Chinese Orchestra, where she was appointed sectional leader and concertmaster.


A graduate of the Bachelor in Music (Honours) programme at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) majoring in erhu performance, Chen has had extensive experience playing with a variety of ensembles and orchestras at various venues including Esplanade and the Singapore Conference Hall. She was a member of the Toa Payoh West Community Club Chinese Orchestra, is currently the zhonghu sectional leader of the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra and is also a part-time musician with Ding Yi Music Company.


Chen holds a diploma in erhu performance (2015), awarded by the Central Conservatory of Music, in conjunction with NAFA. She has a DipABRSM in Piano (2019) and is currently pursuing her LRSM.

Sim Kee (Guzheng)


Sim Kee was admitted to Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 2018, under the tutelage of Xu Hui, Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s guzheng associate principal. She was also given the opportunity to learn percussion under the guidance of Shen Guoqin, a percussion musician in the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.


2018 was the first time that Sim took part in the Singapore Chinese Music Competition (SCMC), previously known as the National Chinese Music Competition, with the NAFA guzheng ensemble. The competition saw her and the team clinch the bronze award under the ensemble category. In the following year, she also participated in the second rendition of the Nanyang International Music Competition (NIMC), in the guzheng youth category. She competed with many participants from all over the world and was one of the few competitors that was awarded Gold.


In 2020, she returned to compete in the SCMC in the senior category for guzheng soloists and walked away as the first runner up. Most recently in 2021, Sim competed in the NIMC’s guzheng solo artist category. She secured a spot in the finals and finished fourth.


Sim is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music, Honours (B.Mus.) and is the guzheng principal with the NAFA Chinese ensemble.

Date & Time

22 Feb 2023, Wed


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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