Playing the Exhibition: YST Conservatory in Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected

YST Conservatory of Music brings us on an intriguing musical journey through the hybrid universe of Patricia Piccinini’s chimeras, mechanised animals and uncanny new beings.

Under the mentorship of Adeline Wong (Senior Lecturer, Composition), the Conservatory’s students have composed works in response to Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected exhibition, exploring the relationship between the real and the surreal; between humans and the environment. 

Featuring six compositions for solo instruments written by Maarten Bauer, Jet Stephen Chong, Thomas Edward Hogben, Koh Kai Jie, Low Yik Hang and Patricia Trzcinski, this in-gallery performance programme will be presented in the environment of Patricia Piccinini’s compelling artworks.

Playing the Exhibition: YST Conservatory in Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected is a pilot project of ArtScience Encounters, a new programme of site-responsive works and happenings unfolding in curious spaces in ArtScience Museum.


Journey of Thoughts
Written by Patricia Trzcinski
Performed by Cao Huiying (cello)

The Grotto
Written by Low Yik Hang
Performed by Patricia Trzcinski (flute)

Breathing Life
Written by Koh Kai Jie
Performed by Ng Wei Xiang (oboe)

Connecting the Two Ends of the Spectrum
Written by Jet Stephen Chong
Performed by Patricia Trzcinski (flute)

Chimera Welfare
Written by Thomas Edward Hogben
Performed by Cao Huiying (cello)

The Waving Field
Written by Maarten Bauer
Performed by Chan Xin Tong (guzheng)

Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected
About the exhibition

Australian artist Patricia Piccinini’s beautifully bizarre hybrids take visitors on an unusual, fascinating and emotional journey in celebration of all that is different.

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29 Nov
5pm – 6pm
Level 3, Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected Exhibition Galleries
Complimentary with exhibition ticket to Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected

About the Collaboration

About the Collaboration
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
Inspirational life-affirming music-making is at the heart of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore. Centred in one of the world’s most dynamic countries, the Conservatory is uniquely placed to offer a distinct and powerful contemporary Asian voice.See more

Founded in 2003, the Conservatory quickly established a reputation as Asia’s most exciting international conservatory by bringing together a world-class faculty and facility to develop excellence in instrumental performance and composition. Building on this strong foundation, the Conservatory has evolved over the past decade to become one of the world’s most distinctive music schools, diversifying its offerings and continually seeking to connect authentically with its surrounding community. Specialisations added subsequently include Voice, Audio Arts & Sciences, Conducting, Music & Society and Music, Collaboration & Production. Alongside students from Singapore, the Conservatory community is internationally diverse, with representation from over 20 countries and five continents.


With excellence, inclusion, community, agency and identity as key drivers, the Conservatory seeks to nurture aspirant professional musicians while giving greater musical resonance in the broader ecosystem. Holding “Listen in New Light” as a core guiding principle connecting its past, present and future endeavours, the Conservatory is well-positioned to lead change in music and higher music education in the 21st century, (re)imagining new possibilities as it continues to evolve a unique trajectory.

Adeline Wong
Adeline Wong (Senior Lecturer, Composition at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music)
Singapore-based Malaysian composer Adeline Wong is a Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. She is currently the President of the Malaysian Composers Collective, a platform that promotes Malaysian contemporary classical music at home and abroad. In 2019 she was the artistic director of the Free Hand Festival – 1st Malaysian Contemporary Composers Piano Festival 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.See more

Following the festival’s success, Adeline together with the Malaysia Composers Collective was responsible for curating the nation’s first ever anthology of 21st Century piano scores, published as Free Hand Anthology I and distributed by Faber Music internationally.


Graduating from the Eastman School of Music and Royal College of Music London, Adeline's works have been performed by the Belgian National Orchestra, Orkest de ereprijs, the Netherlands, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others.

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