Associate Conductor, Singapore National Youth Orchestra
Seow Yibin is a Singaporean oboist and conductor. Since January 2022, he has been appointed as the Associate Conductor of Singapore National Youth Orchestra. He is also Associate Conductor of the Orchestra of the Music Makers and conducts the concert bands of National Junior College (Junior High), Tampines Junior College, Chong Boon Secondary School and Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary). Whilst based in Europe, he was the Conductor of the Junior Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), UK, Principal Guest Conductor of North Cheshire Wind Orchestra, UK and Conductor of the Musikgesellschaft Harmonie Büsserach, Switzerland.
Yibin has conducted at the Southbank Centre’s The Rest is Noise festival, at BBC Radio 3 live broadcast and guest conducted bands, including the Blasorchester Südwind, Germany, Zürcher Jugendblasorchester u25, Switzerland and the Sociedade Filarmonica Palmelense “Loureiros”, Portugal. He also worked extensively with British Orchestras such as Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Stockport Symphony Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata.
In Singapore, he has conducted prominent musical groups such as the The Philharmonic Winds, Orchestra Collective and the Windstars Ensemble. As a keen educator, he also presented an eight-week radio series, The Concert Band Programme, which was broadcast on Symphony 924, led workshops at the Singapore Woodwind Festival and given conducting masterclasses at School of the Arts and National Junior College. He currently authors articles for The Band Post.
Yibin began oboe studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore before furthering them with Emanuel Abbühl at Musik-Akademie Basel, Switzerland, where he also pursued Wind Band Conducting studies with Felix Hauswirth. He subsequently joined the RNCM, studying Orchestral Conducting under Clark Rundell and Mark Heron. He has also participated in conducting masterclasses with Juanjo Mena, Jac van Steen, Tim Reynish, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Manuel Nawri.