Inspired by the richness of Baroque music and close friendships, Red Dot Baroque (RDB) was formed by a group of Singaporean musicians dedicated to bringing out the essence and spirit of the Baroque on period instruments. Led by Alan Choo, rotating concertmaster of the Grammy Award-winning Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, RDB has presented numerous critically-acclaimed programs in Singapore since 2018, and collaborated with guest
Inspired by the richness of Baroque music and close friendships, Red Dot Baroque (RDB) was formed by a group of Singaporean musicians dedicated to bringing out the essence and spirit of the Baroque on period instruments. Led by Alan Choo, rotating concertmaster of the Grammy Award-winning Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, RDB has presented numerous critically-acclaimed programs in Singapore since 2018, and collaborated with guest soloists from The Netherlands for their first international tour to Malaysia in July 2019.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to the postponement of RDB’s USA concert tour in June 2020, which would have featured appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Apollo’s Fire and more. Nevertheless, the group stayed busy in Singapore with the production of four high-quality music videos, the commission of “A Barojak Suite” from composer Phang Kok Jun, vodcasts with the Singapore International Festival of Arts, Reflections Arts Festival and MapleTree Arts in the City, and appearances on Channel NewsAsia, zbNOW and vOilah! 2020.
Since 2021, the group has been Ensemble-in-Residence at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. For details and updates, please visit www.reddotbaroque.com.
Hailed as a “dynamo…delivering lines with panache”(Cleveland.com), Singaporean violinist Alan Choo has established himself on the global stage as a leading soloist, chamber musician and historical performance specialist. He made his solo debut with the Grammy Award-winning baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire at the Tanglewood and Ravinia Music Festivals in 2017, and currently serves as Artistic Leadership Fellow for the ensemble, where he takes on soloist, concertmaster and guest director roles. He is also Founder and Artistic Director of Red Dot Baroque, Singapore’s first professional period ensemble, which has enjoyed multiple sold-out concerts and critical acclaim since their formation in August 2018. As a modern violinist, Alan has also appeared as a soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers and more. He has also given masterclasses to college students at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin-Wallace College, Bowling Green State University, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
A graduate of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and Peabody Conservatory, Alan is currently finishing a Doctorate in Historical Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University under Julie Andrijeski. His past teachers include Victor Danchenko, Alexander Souptel and Risa Browder.
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