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World is moving East, says Singapore conservatory head

Peter Tornquist, Dean of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore (NUS), believes that ‘the centre of the [music] world used to be somewhere between the United States and Europe. But that has slowly changed, and the world is now moving eastward’, according to an interview in the latest edition of the NUS alumni magazine.

Tornquist also recommends that to be successful in the digital era, musicians need multiple skill sets, including not just music-making but others such as teaching, social media and entrepreneurship.

He wants the arts to be more present in the academic lives of National University of Singapore students. ‘Developing that passion for music translates into a skill set that makes them better future professionals and more fulfilled individuals.’

Read the full article in the National University of Singapore Alumni magazine.