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Musician Zulkifli Mohamed Amin, 35, has acquired the Young Artist Award for taking conventional music to a brand new degree. The award is the National Arts Council’s highest honour for artists aged 35 and youthful.

He has been conductor and music director of youth orchestra Orkestra Melayu Singapura (OMS) because it was based in 2005 to nurture new expertise in Malay music.

In 2015, he co-founded youth group Nusantara Arts, which integrates completely different conventional artwork types, reminiscent of literary works and music.

He organised a poetry workshop and contest in 2016, the place profitable entries had been featured together with reside music on the B3 concert, the place the Bs stood for Belia.Bahasa. Budaya (Youth. Language. Culture). The work was additionally reprised on the 2016 Singapore Writers Festival.

Last November, Nusantara Arts introduced a three-hour journey via music within the Traditionally Avant-Garde (TAV) lecture-concert on the Esplanade Recital Studio.

Zulkifli is the older of two sons – his mom is a housewife and his father works within the upkeep trade.

His curiosity in music was piqued when he joined the choir in Yumin Primary School after which the band in Changkat Changi Secondary School. He joined the OMS as a teen and graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts with a diploma in 2004.

He is married to a healthcare employee who additionally performs music. They have no youngsters. At their marriage ceremony, they exchanged trombones.

When did you realise that you simply wished to do music?

When I first joined the band in secondary college. When I first held an instrument, I used to be like: “This is it.”

Who or what has been the most important affect in your artwork?

I used to be accepted into OMS once I was a young person. That opened up my horizons. I did not actually know Malay music earlier than that.

I used to be additionally drawn to composers who used conventional devices of their preparations like Dick Lee.

What was probably the most tough problem in your creative profession?

With Nusantara Arts, individuals may not be receptive to what we wish to do musically. We’ve acquired unfavourable feedback.

It’s as much as us to indicate what we’re about. I used to be completely satisfied to see a very good turnout on the TAV concert.

Who is your favorite musician and why?

P. Ramlee. His music is sort of easy, fairly lovely and has an impression on the film.

Whatever you hear impacts the scene.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you do?

I will be a chef.

I am the oldest so I had to assist my mum within the kitchen. I additionally prepare dinner with my spouse. That’s my household time.

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