About The Fellowship
The BHSO Conducting Fellowship aims to provide an opportunity for aspiring Singaporean conductors to learn about conducting, rehearsing and programming under the supervision of the Music Director. Under this program, the conductors will receive opportunities to conduct & rehearse the orchestra, while gaining exposure on aspects of orchestra management.
Amanda Kye-Ning Tan (b. 1998) is a rising Singaporean conductor and violinist. In 2021, Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the Royal College of Music, London, as part of the RCM-NAFA degree programme, and a Specialist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting in 2022, studying with the Artistic Director of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Cultural Medallion recipient Lim Yau. Amanda is currently pursuing a Master of Music (Conducting) at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, USA, with generous support from the National Arts Council (NAC) Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate).
In 2019, Amanda made her local conducting debut with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra in their conducting workshop led by Music Director (and current mentor) Tsung Yeh. In 2020, she was appointed Conducting Fellow of the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra, after serving the orchestra for 2 years as Associate Principal 1st Violin. With the passing of Music Director and mentor Adrian Tan in July 2021, she assists the orchestra in both conducting and managerial duties in his absence.
Beyond Singapore’s waters, Amanda has participated in masterclasses by Neil Varon, Apo Hsu, Kirk Trevor, and Dianne Wittry. Most recently, she was selected for the Sorrell Women Conductors Course organised and held at the Royal Academy of Music, London from January to March 2022.
As a violinist, Amanda continues to study under violin pedagogue Ms Lynette Lim and has participated in masterclasses by Kong Zhao Hui, Zhang Manchin, Chan Yoong-Han, Ulla Benz, and others. During her (remote) exchange with RCM in 2021, she studied with violinist Radu Blidar. Amanda also maintains a private violin studio, teaching violin and music theory and history to children and young adults.