Thanks to Noella Yan (and Alex Waite on piano) for two great performances this week at The Concerteenies.
We’re so pleased with the turnout and if you came along and wanted to know more about her, read on below.
You could also visit her website here. Or check her out on instagram @worldofellabella. Thanks again!
Melbourne-based Singapore cellist, Noella’s playing has been recognised for her ‘expressive sound’ (The Straits Times) and of ‘exceptional talent and innate musicality, one with superb technique and interpretation.’ (Sina.com.cn)
Trained as a cellist and pianist in the UK and the US, Noella is an avid musician of new and world music collaborations. She has premiered numerous compositions and continues to actively collaborate with composers and interdisciplinary artistes. Noella has appeared with numerous orchestras and given many concerts both as a soloist and chamber musician across Australasia, Europe and the United States. She is the resident cellist of Trio Anima Mundi.
Highlights of past seasons include working with Ad Hoc Collective String Quartet, Maya Dance Theatre, Brahms Double with the Saigon Philharmonic and formerly as artistic co-director of the cross-cultural project (Singapore’s 50th) with Bridges Collective commissioning Singapore composers through a series of concerts across Australia, Singapore and Malaysia and releasing an album as part of the duo ella & kai.
Deeply passionate about using music to effect change, she is an advocate of the arts reaching the underserved communities and is the co founder of ARCO, a global art education initiative that seeks to bring creativity through the arts to underserved communities all around the world. She is currently building this program in Myanmar. A dedicated educator, Noella currently teaches and conducts the Fusion Ensemble at Lauriston Girls’ School.
Born in Singapore, Noella began learning the piano at age 3 and started the cello at 12. She was accepted into the Purcell School at 13. Noella has been a scholarship recipient of both Lee and Shaw Foundations, NAC Gifted Young Musician’s Award, prizewinner of the Audi Young Musician and the Lesley Alexander Prize for outstanding performance at the Royal College of Music, UK. Her teachers include her father Yan Yin Wing, Herminia Ilano, Pal Banda, Joyce Rathbone, Alexander Boyarsky and Erling Blöndal Bengtsson.
Subsequently a John P. Miller fellow at the University of Michigan, Noella received a Double Masters in Performance and Chamber Music and was also awarded the Gustavé Rosseels Chamber Award and appointed cellist of the university’s resident Rosseels Quartet.