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Violinist Natalie Koh on stage after a short performance during the pandemic

"I graduated from my Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Violin Performance degree in June 2020. This was a few months into the implementation of precautionary measures for COVID-19. As a performing musician, all sorts of gigs had to be cancelled. This not only meant a cut in income, but it also prevented me from making music with other people, something that I have been passionate about for years. Although these measures were understandably so, it did make me ponder about the importance and the meaning behind the art form that I practice. During my months of 'work of home' (or in my case, 'practice from home'), I was preparing for my auditions for the Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Award. Because everyone was advised to stay home then, I did not have the luxury to take lessons from any violin teachers, neither did I have the luxury to rehearse much with my pianist. To my delight, I was announced the winner during my audition on 6 August 2020. It was a norm for the winner to present a recital at the end of the year, but due to the current situation, my recital has been pushed to August 2021. In the meantime, I was lucky to have the opportunity to record a short performance, and I am very glad to have been able to share it with everyone through digital means."--Contributed by Koh Su Ting Natalie, as part of the "Documenting COVID-19 in Singapore" collection community call. This photograph shows violinist Natalie Koh after she had recorded a short performance which was launched digitally. She was not able to perform in person due to the pandemic. She is seen here with a pianist and another lady. Additional description by Library staff. Title devised by Library staff.

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All rights reserved. Koh Su Ting Natalie, 2020


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