The Steinway – The Jewel in the PPO’s Crown

By Sarah Daniel Jacob, Enzo Sim

June 2021 FEATURE
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World-renowned pianists, Albert Tiu and Ng Chong Lim, seated at the two Steinway pianos during a concert rehearsal.
THE STEINWAY IS Penang Philharmonic Orchestra’s (PPO) most prized purchase.A serendipitous meeting with Karina Ridzuan, formerly the CEO of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, and which PPO Chairperson Datin Seri Irene Yeap (nee Png) describes as “pivotal”, led to 15 musicians visiting Penang – with a Yamaha grand piano in tow.The group performed three concerts at the Homestead Mansion, once the residence of Penang’s most celebrated tycoon and philanthropist Yeap Chor Ee, as well as...

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Sarah Daniel Jacob

is a social media ethnographer who loves coffee, Star Wars, floorball and tennis. But ultimately, her passion for writing and comedy is undeniable. She’s basically a grammar nazi who loves making people laugh.

Enzo Sim

is a Mass Communications graduate who has an unwavering passion towards international relations, history and regional affairs of Southeast Asia. His passion has brought him to different Southeast Asian capitals to explore the diverse cultural intricacies within the region.