east - west
Kahchun was born to Chinese parents and raised in Singapore, one of the youngest but most ethnically diverse populations in Southeast Asia. Having also spent considerable time studying in Germany and the United States of America, he believes in the power of embracing Eastern and Western cultures together onto a larger vision of the global community.
old - new
Kahchun is fascinated in connecting different time and age together through thoughtful curation of his concert programmes. Aside from leading his staple repertoire of Beethoven & Brahms, Bruckner & Mahler as well as Bartok & Shostakovich, he is keenly interested in the music of Vasily Kallinikov, Alexander Arutunian & Malcolm Arnold, in addition to living composers such as Tan Dun, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Narong Prancharoen and Yii Kah Hoe.
INNOVATION - INCLUSION
Coming from Southeast Asia, where interest in classical music is beginning to gain momentum among the larger population, Kahchun is a keen believer of connecting the larger community together through music. Inspired by his experiences with Ivan Fischer, the Berliner Konzerthausorchester and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, he is exploring various ways of reaching out to his audiences. Aside from his grassroots initiative Project Infinitude, he has set up the Red Bean concert series in Singapore, with a goal to expand into the region.
In 2019, together with the Nuremberg Symphony and BR-Klassik, he is involved in PACHELBEL.VIER.NULL, a participatory digital project for anyone who plays a musical instrument or sings. For every submission, Stadtsparkasse Nuernberg will donate 40 euros to Sternstunden e.V., a non-profit association that supports projects and institutions that care for children with chronic illness, disabilities, and special needs.