Born and raised in Singapore, Kevin Loh (19) is a recipient of the 2010 HSBC Youth Excellence Award for Musical Excellence, and was talent-scouted by The Yehudi Menuhin School via his YouTube channel when he was only 12 years old and was awarded a grant by The Rolling Stones to study at the prestigious music school.
Since then, his extraordinary musicality has won him international accolades. In 2012, Kevin took 1st prize in the Junior Division (ages 14 and under) of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Competition. In 2013, Kevin was invited to play as a performing artist at the Malaysia International Guitar Festival. In that same year, Kevin premiered Bernard Tan’s Guitar Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, he was awarded the 1st prize in the 2nd age group (ages 14 to 16) of the 8th International Competition for Young Guitarists «Andrés Segovia» in Velbert, Germany, amongst fifty participants from more than thirty countries. In 2015, Kevin was invited to play as a performing artist at the Calcutta & Delhi International Classical Guitar Festivals & Competitions in India.
In 2016, Kevin has achieved another milestone by winning the 1st prize in the Senior Division (ages 17 to 19) of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Competition, as well as the 1st prize in the 3rd age group (ages 17 to 19) of the 9th International Competition for Young Guitarists «Andrés Segovia» in Monheim am Rhein, Germany. In the United Kingdom, Kevin was selected by the International Guitar Foundation (UK) to be part of the Young Artists Platform, and has given concerts all over the UK, including at The Sage in Gateshead and Kings Place in London amongst others. In Germany, Kevin was invited to play at the prestigious Berlin Konzerthaus as part of the Yehudi Menuhin School tour commemorating Menuhin’s centenary. In Singapore, Kevin was invited to be perform the famous Concierto de Aranjuez with the local Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra in September, as part of their bi-annual series, “Singapore’s Gifted Young Musicians in Concert”. In July 2017, Kevin took the 1st prize in the open category at the 34th Volos International Guitar Festival and Competition in Greece. Most recently, in September 2017, Kevin embarked on his first South East Asian tour, performing in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. He also conducted workshops and masterclasses, sharing his knowledge and experiences with the local guitar community, including local teachers and university students.
Besides actively performing, Kevin is also very passionate about outreach and the community. He started fund-raising for various local charities through his music from a young age, and has since performed in numerous national charity events in Singapore, such as the President Star Charity in 2011, as well as ChildAid in 2008, 2010 and 2014. ChildAid has also since developed into ChildAid Asia, and Kevin has since represented Singapore in the regional front, like in Malaysia in 2014 and most recently in Japan, performing in the world-renowned Suntory Hall in 2016.
In 2010, Kevin gave his debut solo concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall and raised SGD$180,000 for The Business Times Budding Artist Fund and The Straits Time Pocket Money Fund, which helps less fortunate children to provide with the opportunity to learn and appreciate the arts themselves, as well as having the sufficient support in schools respectively. In 2012, Kevin was voted by My Paper as “one of ten Singaporeans who make the nation proud.”
Kevin currently plays a 2010 Christopher Dean guitar.
Last updated on 07/11/2017