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Yeh Tsung (b. 17 May 1950, Shanghai, China–), better known as Tsung Yeh, has been the music director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) since 2002. Currently also the music director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in the United States (US), Yeh is the world’s first conductor to hold music directorship of a Western symphony orchestra and a Chinese orchestra simultaneously. With his cross-disciplinary expertise, Yeh has pushed the frontiers of Chinese classical music and expanded the SCO’s repertoire through multimedia and multidisciplinary productions. By bringing SCO’s performances to new heights, both musically and technically, he has transformed the SCO into an internationally acclaimed Chinese orchestra with a unique Singapore character. Yeh is also noted for taking the SCO to the international arena. In August 2009, the SCO became the world’s first Chinese orchestra that performed in Scotland’s prestigious Edinburgh International Festival, as part of TheatreWorks’ multidisciplinary performance, Diaspora. In recognition of his contributions to local arts, Yeh was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2013. It is the highest award conferred in the field of the arts in Singapore.