ZULKIFLI MOHAMED AMIN
OMS (YOUTH) CONDUCTOR
Zulkifli Mohamed Amin studied music in LASALLE-SIA college of the artsand joined the Orkestra Melayu Singapura (OMS) or Singapore Malay Orchestra in 2000 as a trombone player and since then doubled up as a keyboardist and accordionist. He has been a music director and band leader for various performances such as the National Day Dinner (NDD) 2004 and the 2nd OMS youth concert in 2005. Since the formation of the youth wing, Zulkifli has been appointed as their keyboard instructor and currently a resident arranger/composer. His active involvement and enthusiasm for the development of the orchestra has gained him the due respect from the musicians to bring the music to a new frontier. Through vigorous training process, he hopes that the OMS will achieve a professional status on par with other groups of the same interest around the world.
Having mostly self-taught in composition since at the tender age of 13, Zulkifli has participated in composition master classes by world renowned composers which include, Prof. Gerald Brophy (Australia), Zachar Laskewicz (Austria), Eric Watson(United Kingdom) as his composition tutor, Dr Alan Laurens (America) as his conducting professor, and Dr Alex Dea (Indonesia) in Ethnomusicology.
Since 2003, Zulkifli has been actively involved in conducting and music directorship. This led him to the formation of his contemporary pop orchestra for a concert at LASALLE-SIA which is also his conducting debut and in September 2006, appointed as Music Director for the closing concert of Singapore Management University Arts Festival 2006 among others.
He has been an active pit musician throughout his musical journey having played in dance productions. The start of 2004-5, Zulkifli begin his new focus on world music and visual-art music composition and performance. Although busy with commissioned works and projects, Zulkifli is an ardent researcher with interest in cross-cultural music composition techniques, ethnomusicology; south-east Asia region in particular and world music performance and composition.