Ma Yue’s Biography
Ma Yue has been the Principal Clarinettist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He began learning the clarinet at the age of 10 with his father Ma Hong Ye (principal clarinettist of China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra) and later under Zhang Ren Fu (principal clarinettist of Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China). In 1980, he auditioned into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and studied with Professor Tao Chun Xiao. After graduating in 1984, he joined the school’s teaching faculty and was the principal clarinettist of China Youth Symphony Orchestra.
In 1989, he went to the United States to further his education at the University of Alabama, studying with Scott Bridge. He later became the Principal Clarinettist and Assistant Conductor at the University of Alabama Symphony Orchestra and was also a member of the Alarida Octet and Tuscaloosa Symphony. In 1990, he went on to pursue an Artist Diploma at the Konservatorium und Musikhochschule in Zurich, Switzerland, and became a freelance for the Zurich Symphony Orchestra and Zurich Opera House. He then taught at Musikschule Chur.
Since 1993, he has been actively performing with various orchestras apart from Singapore Symphony Orchestra. These involvements include performing frequently as a guest principal with China Philharmonic Orchestra and as a soloist with China Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Macau Orchestra.
Awards won by Ma Yue include the First Prize in 1990 Kiwanis Clarinet Competition, and Second Prize in the People's Republic of China National Clarinet Competition in 1982 and 1983. Recently in 2013, he has been ranked as one of China’s top ten musicians by CCTV and has been invited to become a jury member of the Sixth Beijing International Music Competition – Clarinet. He has also been invited to become the art adviser and judge of the Singapore International Orchestra Arts Festival 2013 and to serve as a jury member for the 1st Unisa International Flute and Clarinet Competition 2014 organised by the University of South Africa (UNISA) Music Foundation.
He is also currently an artist faculty member at the National University of Singapore – Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.