Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music's Concerto Competition 2018

After a series of preliminary rounds, where students from the Conservatory’s 2nd and 3rd year cohorts compete within instrumental family groupings, the first and second placed musicians from each category compete in the semi-finals for the opportunity to play their choice of concerto with the Conservatory Orchestra in the finals.

In this series of photographs, I aimed to portray the semi-finalists in their 'natural habitat' – the practice room.

As the Chinese saying “台上一分钟,台下十年功” (lit. ten years of practice for one minute on the stage) goes,
the journey these outstanding musicians have chosen to take is far from easy.