String Orchestra

  • Musicians between the ages of 9 and 16

  • Conducted by Jean Ai Seow for over 20 years

  • Classical and popular repertoire

  • Rehearsals on Sunday mornings

  • Music camp every spring

  • Exchanges with other orchestras and ensembles

  • Dynamic and welcoming

Musicians, 2018-2019 season

Samuel Da Costa-Zak
Yasmina Di Lullo
Jasmin Goring
Devin Huang
Michael Kim
Kevin Kim
Michael Li
Sören Mainville
Jaya Ramesh
Finn Poirier
Dina Seleznev
Pani Torabi
Meiri Tsuruzono
LingYan Wang
Patrick Wang
William Wang
Chloe Zheng
Aidan Catriel

Liam Catriel
Nadezhda Gagnon
Jolene Xu
Cindy Yanrun Zhu

Eladio Da Costa-Zak

Jean Ai Seow, Conductor of the string orchestra

A native of Singapore, Jean Ai Seow left her homeland at age 16 under full scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.

At the Royal Academy, she studied the violin with Lionel Bentley and Clarence Myerscough, chamber music with Jean Harvey and orchestra training under Maurice Handford, obtaining her Licentiate and Professional Certificate of the Royal Academy of Music. She was invited to perform as a guest violinist for a Gala Concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

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Jean Ai went on to study in Paris with Bernard Mathern at the École Normale de Musique, where she obtained her Diplôme supérieur d’exécution. Upon her return to Singapore, she joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, touring Asia and Europe. Jean Ai Seow is currently a member of the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, the Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the Orchestre de chambre de Montréal. She also plays regularly with the Orchestre Métropolitain.

Having taught in many schools in Singapore and in Montreal, Jean Ai also offers private violin lessons. In 2008-2009 she conducted two string ensembles at the Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts, one for children and one for adults. In the summer of 2009, she had the opportunity to work under the direction of Kent Nagano in an orchestra specially selected for the Knowlton Music Festival. In April 2006 Jean Ai performed the Bach Double Concerto with Richard Roberts, concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, for WIYSO’s 20th Anniversary Concert.

In January 2016, Jean Ai joined the Société pour les arts en milieux de santé (SAMS), playing to residents and patients in nursing homes and hospitals. She has been Conductor of the West Island Youth String Orchestra since 1995.