Supporting Aspiring Young Asian Musicians to Learn and Perform Western Classical Music
Si-Yo Music Society Foundation, Celebrating 50 Years
The Si-Yo Music Society Foundation was founded in 1966 by the Chinese-American duo, violinist Ma Si-Hon (younger brother of Ma Si-Cong) and pianist Tung Kwong-Kwong. Their dream was to “bridge Asia and the West with classical music” by providing lessons and performance opportunities for young Asian musicians in America. My father and mother, Sau-Wing and Jean Lam, supported their efforts through the years, and upon my father’s passing in 1988, I was asked by Mr. and Ms. Ma to succeed my father as Chair of the Foundation.
Still committed to its Core Mission
Today, Western classical music is thriving in both Asia and the West, and the Foundation continues to play a significant role in supporting new generations of musicians by providing resources and opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them. Whether it is lending a violin to a gifted young artist in need of a performance-quality instrument, or providing a public recital venue for a doctoral candidate, or hosting master classes by seasoned professionals, the Foundation is flourishing because it is delivering on its commitment to overcome financial, political and cultural challenges to “bridge Asia and the West with classical music.”
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