Local composer Liew Kongmeng was a guest instructor at Sentire Singapore’s inaugural project in January 2013, and was subsequently invited back to head Sentire Singapore’s music programme as Music Director between 2014-16.
In 2011 Kongmeng was awarded a full scholarship to study composition with Ho Chee Kong, at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, the music faculty of the National University of Singapore, where he is currently studying. Prior to this he was also awarded the Music Elective Scholarship in 2007 by the Singapore Ministry of Education to study music at the pre-university level at Temasek Junior College. Kongmeng has participated in festivals such as the 2013 Composers Kitchen Vancouver (Canada), the 2012 Academie de Musique, Francaise de Kyoto (Japan), and he was also invited to participate in the 6th volume of the International Ensemble Modern and Tokyo Wonder Site Academy (Japan). He has also worked with several new music ensembles, such as the Quatour Bozzini (Canada), the ELISION Ensemble (Australia) and the Ensemble Kujoyama (Japan). He has also participated in lessons and masterclasses with composers Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, Allain Gaussin, Koji Nakano, Peter Ivan Edwards, Cristopher Butterfield, Owen Underhill and Charles K. Hoag. He started composing at the age of 13, and his compositional style revolves mainly around metaphors in music, and he is also interested in the psychological perception of sound.
As a film/theatre composer, the films he has worked on has been screened in numerous international festivals, such as the Vietnam International Film Festival (USA), San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (USA), Melbourne International Film Festival (USA), Kentucky Independent Film Festival (USA), Future Shorts Autumn FIlm Screening (Vietnam), and the Singapore Short Film Award (Singapore). He has also worked with local theatre director Daniel Jenkins on the music of the Esplanade Presents: Playtime series: The Magical Jungle in November 2012.
In 2013, Kongmeng spearheaded the first vocal ensemble at the Singapore School for the Deaf. In less than 3 months, Kongmeng trained the hearing impaired to use their voices to sing at an assigned pitch, and the vocal ensemble was invited to perform at the SADeaf gala dinner at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore.
Kongmeng is currently a post-graduate student at the Nanyang Technology University in Singapore, and remains as SENTIRE’s creative associate.