BIOGRAPHY

Award-winning musician Eugene Seow embarked on his musical journey at the age of 6, learning classical piano. Showing an innate talent and instinct for music, he has honed his musicality over the years deeply, and found his passion for percussion at 17 years of age. 

Eugene is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano and electric bass. He has incredible versatility whether the music is pop, rock, classical or jazz, and in any ensemble whether it be big band, combo band, symphonic band, orchestra or even marching band.

Eugene’s wealth of experience also extends to having shared the stage with some of the world’s most celebrated jazz musicians such as Orlando Le Fleming (celebrated Bass player in NYC), Samuel Torres (Second place winner of the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition), Terence Blanchard (5 Grammy wins and 13 nominations), Dr. Lonnie Smith (2017 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship recipient) and Cecile Mclorin Savant (2010 winner of the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition) among others.


He has had the good fortune of studying with greats such as, but not limited to: Steve Rochinski & David Berkman (harmony), Greg Hopkins & Michael Mossman (composition and arranging), Gary Burton & Antonio Hart (improvisation), Darren Barrett & Bill Charlap (ensemble), Mark Walker & Dennis Mackrel (drum set), and Michael Lipsey & Rogerio Boccato (percussion).

Eugene attended the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, obtaining a Master of Music in Jazz Studies. Prior to that, he graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Summa Cum Laude for his Bachelor of Music, with Majors in both Jazz Composition and Professional Music, and a Minor in Music and Society (Global Studies).

Possessing the experience of performing at places like The Esplanade (Singapore), Wally’s Jazz Cafe (Boston, MA), Bar Next Door (Manhattan, NY) and many more, Eugene also has had his compositions and arrangements performed by laudable groups like the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra and at high profile places such as Lincoln Centre.

Eugene aims for a career in academia while maintaining a presence in performance, recognizing the need for staying relevant in this increasingly competitive music scene.

 
 

QUALIFICATIONS

Aaron Copland School of Music

Master of Music in Jazz Studies

Berklee College of Music

Bachelor of Music [Summa Cum Laude]

Majors in Jazz Composition & Professional Music

Minor in Music and Society (Global Studies)

Trinity College London

LTCL in Drum Kit (Distinction) [NQF: Level 6 Diploma]

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

DipABRSM in Piano [NQF: Level 4 Diploma]

Grade 8 in Percussion (Distinction) [NQF: Level 3 Certificate]

Grade 8 in Music Theory (Merit) [NQF: Level 3 Certificate]

Rockschool (RSL)

DipRSL in Electric Bass [NQF: Level 4 Diploma]

 

AWARDS

Blue Man Group New-York Drum-Off Semi-Finalist

Benny Golson Award

Best of Jazz Composition Fall 2015


Esterhazy Quartet Student Composition Reading


Duke Ellington Award


Steve Gadd Award


Pro Music Academic and

Performance Excellence Award


Best of Jazz Composition Fall 2014


Berklee North American Scholarship Tour


Berklee Writing and Composition Scholarship


Singapore Drum Fest 2008 Quarter-Finalist


ABRSM High Scorers Concert

 

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