Wang Chenwei

Head of Research

Chenwei (王辰威) is a member of the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS), the Composers Society of Singapore, the Verband Deutscher Tonmeister (Association of German Audio Engineers) and the international Audio Engineering Society.

After graduating from Raffles Institution’s (RI) Gifted Education Programme (GEP) with 7 academic awards, Chenwei obtained his 5-year Master of Arts with distinction and an Honorary Award (Würdigungspreis) from the Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts, where he studied Composition and Audio Engineering under the Singapore Media Development Authority’s scholarship. He did an audio engineering internship in the Vienna Musikverein Golden Hall, where he also performed the ruan in concert.

Chenwei’s music has been performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) yearly since 2005. Composed at the age of 17, his piece "The Sisters' Islands" won the Singapore Composer Award at the 2006 Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestra Composition and was subsequently featured on CD albums by SCO and the Taiwan Philharmonic Chinese Orchestra, as well as in two "SG50" concerts celebrating Singapore's 50th birthday in 2015.

In 2010, Chenwei’s wind orchestra composition received the "Singapore Compose!" prize from the Philharmonic Winds. He has been commissioned by the Ministry of Education to compose 4 pieces, including the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) set pieces "Sail" (2011) and "Sky" (2016).

His orchestral compositions were featured in charity concerts with Singapore Presidents S.R. Nathan (2009) and Tony Tan (2012) as the guest-of-honour. For all his contributions to Singapore's music scene, Chenwei was conferred the “Young Outstanding Singaporeans Award” in 2011.

On 12 May 2009, a half-hour documentary “Extraordinary People” on Channel 8 presented Chenwei's efforts in composing, conducting, playing 12 musical instruments and writing in 12 languages.